Are there provisions being made for the Corona Virus COVID-19?

Please CLICK here for current Covid-19 related changes to the PSPF 2020 festival event.

All 2020 workshops have been moved to our 2021 festival (April 25-30). If you’re registered for a workshop there’s nothing you need to do, you’re already holding your place for the same workshop in 2021.  In order to best protect our festival community we’ve moved our dates from May to September 20th – 25th and waived all cancellation fees. Please feel free to register for any of our classes 100% risk free and without our nominal cancellation fees until September 20. Should this current pandemic force us to again postpone or eventually need to cancel the 2020 festival, you’ll receive an email from us with a link to cancel your registration and have all your fees back in your accounts within 24 hours.

Where does the festival take place?

This year our entire festival will take place online. Normally, in non-covid times, the Festival is based at the Palm Springs Hyatt Hotel in Palm Springs, California. Our Workshop Program is based at the fabulous Moroccan-inspired Korakia Pensione. Our Sponsor’s Headquarters area, Seminars, Portfolio Review Program and Registration are based at the Hyatt throughout each day. Our Symposiums and Evening Presentations and parties are held at the Palm Springs Art Museum. Korakia Pensione, The Palm Springs Art Museum and the Hyatt are all within three short blocks of each other.

Can I register day of the event?

Yes, please visit the Registration desk and you will be able to sign up for any programs that are still available.


Do I need to pay a Daily Registration Fee to attend the festival?

An $45 daily registration fee is required for each day of Festival attendance. This entitles the attendee to many of our Seminars, our daily Symposium, Evening Presentation and special sponsor presentations. 

What is your Cancellation Policy if I have to cancel my registration?

The LAST DAY for Refund requests is September 20th at 11:59pm. There are no refunds after this date.

After September 20th, all fees are non-refundable except in case of any course cancellation by the festival, in which case we’ll use our best efforts to move you into another workshop of your choice.

To cancel your registration, simply log back into our registration website, and use your email address and password to log back into your registration record and click on “Cancel Registration,” call us at 1-800 928-8314 or email us at [thepspfteam at]


If I put my name on a workshop wait-list, what is the procedure?

In order to be on a wait-list for a workshop, you must register for the days of the class and pay the daily registration for those days. Should we receive a cancellation from an attendee holding a place in the class, we will contact those on the wait-list, starting with the first one to register. We will then take payment for the class. If we are not able to place you in the class, no workshop fees will be charged. Should you decide not to attend the festival at all if a seat doesn’t become available, we will refund 100% of your registration fees up to the 30th of April.

Is there still a slide show contest since the festival will be online this year? 

We’ve decided to cancel our slide show contest for 2020 as the experience in the theater of the Palm Springs Art Museum is essential to the contest. We’re already taking entries for our 2021 event. You can upload your show(s) to us by using any file transfer service (Hightail, WeTransfer, etc.) or Dropbox. Our email address for uploading the zip file is contest AT You can also send it to Palm Springs Photo Festival, P.O. Box 69405, Los Angeles, California 90069. For further information on our free Slide Show Contest, click here. The DEADLINE is March 30th, 2021.

If I submit a slide show, do I need to use Royalty Free music?

A Word about music copyrights: If your slide show is accepted as a finalist, to be shown in our Evening Presentation, you should obtain the synchronization rights from the music publisher and the master-use rights from the recording company (record label). These are not difficult to obtain and the cost is minimal. We cannot be held responsible for doing so. Another option is to use royalty-free music, which is easy to obtain by searching royalty-free music on Google. A wide range of music is available to choose from. Please indicate on your submission if you’ve used royalty-free music.

Do I need to have music for my slide show or can it be something different – ?

It can be any audio track you wish to incorporate in your slide show. It doesn’t have to be music specifically.

If I’m registered for a workshop, how can I still participate in the Portfolio Review program?

There is no conflict for you on Thursday of the festival week because your workshop will conclude with an optional Thursday morning wrap-up. We will schedule a large number of reviewers on Thursday, September 24th for this reason.

How does the Portfolio Review Program work?

All those pre-registered for Portfolio Reviews before Friday, September 11th will receive several emails from us enabling them to submit their top reviewer choices online. We will be able to grant at least 60% of these requests in nearly all cases! The remaining portfolio reviews will be available to all others once the pre-registered attendee’s requests have been assigned. Of course attendees will be able to sign up for reviews at any time up to and including the festival days – but the largest possible choices will be reserved for those registered before the September 11th deadline (or when the program is full, whichever occurs first). Reviews are by appointment only. You are guaranteed six 20-minute portfolio reviews. Price is $485. Additional series of five reviews or more may be purchased up to a limit of 20 reviews. Discounts apply to 12 or more reviews until September 11th. You should be present in our online waiting area at least 5 minutes before your review. We reserve the option to allow others to take the review if you’re not there at least 3 minutes before the review is scheduled to begin. 

Complete information is available on this webpage:

Your 800 Phone Number doesn’t work from Canada. How can I contact you from here?

You can call us at 310.289.5030