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FIAP Distinctions

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FIAP Distinctions (Honours)

The Fédération Internationale de l'Art Photographique .(FIAP), translated to English as the International Federation of Photographic Art,
is an international federation which affiliates as operational members, the national associations of photography. FIAP counts more than 85 national associations in the five continents and represents the benefits of nearly one million individual photographers.

The Australian Photographic Society (APS) is a member of FIAP. As Australia’s operational member, the APS administer the processing of any submissions/recommendations to this world body. The APS accepts submissions from all Australian residents, both APS members and non members.

In order to honour eminent personalities known in the field of photography, the International Federation of Photographic Art (FIAP) have a number of distinctions they award:

• For photographic artists known for their artistic work;
• For those who, by their work or their achievements, have contributed to the progress of FIAP or of photography in general.

APS is responsible for the initial administration of these applications within Australia and for transmitting them to FIAP for appraisal. FIAP Distinctions are completely independent of the APS Honours however the verification of salon results and initial processing of FIAP distinctions, within Australia, are administered by the APS Honours SubCommittee. The decision whether or not a FIAP distinction is awarded rests with FIAP.

The FIAP Distinctions for Photographic Artistry

Excellence FIAP EFIAP
Excellence FIAP Bronze EFIAP/b
Excellence FIAP Silver       EFIAP/s
Excellence FIAP Gold EFIAP/g
Excellence FIAP Platinum EFIAP/p

The photographic artistry distinctions, with the exception of MFIAP, are awarded to photographic artists whose photographic works have been acknowledged through acceptances and, in higher levels, awards in international salons under FIAP Patronage. Each level must be sought in consecutive order with the exception of MFIAP, which may be sought once and applicant has held their EFIAP for at least 3 years.

FIAP Distinctions Audio-Visual

Artist FIAP / Audio-Visual AV-AFIAP
Excellence FIAP / Audio-Visual AV-EFIAP
Master FIAP / Audio-Visual AV-MFIAP

 In order to honour eminent personalities known in the field of Audio Visuals, the International Federation of Photographic Art has created the above distinctions for artists practicing Audio-Visuals

FIAP Distinctions for Services

Excellence FIAP for Services Rendered ESFIAP
Honorary Excellence FIAP HonEFIAP

The closing date for FIAP Distinction Australian applications to be lodged with APS each year is 28th February. Applicants for MFIAP applications close earlier on the 15th January as, unlike the other distinctions, these applications are only assessed by FIAP once a year.

It should be noted that the FIAP application documents to be used are Excel spreadsheets that must be lodged in digital format.

For detailed information regarding the requirements for the different FIAP Distinctions and full application documents, please proceed to the FIAP Distinction Downloads page or email Alfred Zommers. It is preferred that you check your documents and this page prior to making contact with your questions.

As FIAP can make changes to their Distinction requirements or application documents, at any point in time, it is essential that intending applicants register their intent to apply for FIAP Distinctions. This will ensure applicants are added to our contact list to receive any updates for the upcoming year’s application round. A registration page will come up when you proceed to the FIAP Documents Download page. Alternatively, you can make contact with Alfred Zommers, Chairman of the Honours Subcommittee.

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