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Why Join the APS?

Here are some of the responses to a survey of APS members conducted by the Society’s Management Committee in 2011:

I really value the APS. I live in a small town that has no camera club of its own and I am unable to travel to neighbouring towns to attend their camera clubs.

"The APS is the only contact I have with fellow enthusiasts and provides a genuine forum for discussion and competition. I am very impressed by the help provided."

"I have found membership, and especially attending APSCON very beneficial, along with being in the various groups. The three magazines are useful and idea inspiring, and the comments from other photographers in IMAGE especially useful."

"Overall, joining APS has been a great help to my progress in photography."

"I have just completed the slide appraisal course and found It very useful. I have been more satised that I’m getting something out of APS since joining a folio."

"Networking opportunities are excellent with APS and folio groups. This is an aspect of APS I value highly."

APS can help you improve your photography, increase your level of satisfaction and achievement with your images, and make lasting friendships with other photographers throughout Australia. All that is required is that you take two steps; the first, Joining the Society; the second, Becoming Involved in what we have to offer.


The Society also offers 2 magazines, through Yaffa Publishing:

-Australian Photography is published monthly, and is available to members for $85.00, a savings of $22 off the normal publishers price.

-Capture Magazine is also published bi-monthly and offered to members at a 40% discount ($33.50). It is a magazine designed for pro photographers.


We also offer one magazine through Media Publishing:

-Photo Review is published quarterly, and is availabe to members for $33 per year printed, and $19 per year for a digital only copy.



To allow you to preserve your photography in premium albums, books, boxes and stationery, Momento Pro invites APS members to join their Camera Club Program and enjoy:

+  Access to inkjet printing and all premium papers
+  30% off your first photo book or box order*
+  10% off further orders*

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TThe APS has a wonderful website that portrays images from many of its members. It is packed full of information. From how to achieve your Honours to the latest National and International competitions.

There is a Forum for members only and the Web Folios. for members to share and comment on each others images. This has become one of the most important aspects to members of the Society. The website also displays the Divisional newsletters and links to many different web galleries, competitions and various information.


As a member of the Society you are encouraged to join one or more of the specialist group, for a small additional fee. The Groups are Print, Nature, Contemporary, Audio-Visual, and Digital.

Each Group provides a range of services to its members, including competitions, folio participation, image appraisal, discussion groups and technical advice.


All divisions operate a series of postal and/or web folios. Web folios require an internet connection to upload and view images.This is a most useful service, especially for members who live outside the major cities and overseas.

All members of the folio offer constructive comments about the other members’ images and how they think they could be improved. Many folios have a senior member as a coach.

Some folios offer no restriction on subject matter, while others are based on specialist interests such as landscape or figure study. This system nearly always offers the photographer new and exciting ways to take the image they submitted.


The APS offers members to have their very own image gallery under the APS website. Image gallery software is provided for the member to upload up to 180 images for show for a fee of only $30 per year. This has proven to be a very valuable service to members.


APS conducts an annual convention known as APSCON.

The venue alternates between the States and Territories and hosts a varied programme of lectures by distinguished photographers. APSCON also provides workshops, tours, exhibitions and social events.

The Convention always concludes with the Society’s annual dinner upon where Honours for photographic skill and service to photography are presented.

Many members make APSCON the basis of their annual holidays and attend every year without fail.


Each year a number of national and international exhibitions are conducted in various parts of Australia, under the auspices of the APS.

Entries are judged by panels of highly qualified judges and, on the basis of that judging, a proportion of the images are accepted for display and awards. The APS National is displayed at the annual convention, APSCON.

Authors of images accepted earn points towards photographic Honours offered by the Society.

A list of exhibitions approved by the APS is published monthly in ‘Australian Photography’ and the APS website. Additionally, each year a Who’s Who listing of the most successful exhibitors in various categories is published in ‘image’ and the website.


APS offers a range of photographic excellence and service honours, and also coordinates applications for international honours conferred by the International Federation of Photographic Art (FIAP).

The photographic excellence honours awarded by the Society, in increasing level of difficulty, are LAPS (Licentiate of APS), AAPS (Associate), FAPS (Fellow), MAPS (Master), GMAPS (Grand Master), and APSEM (APS Exhibtor's Medal).

To apply for LAPS or AAPS it is necessary to have been a member of the Society prior to the closing of APS honours applications, which is 31 March each year.



APS conducts a variety of competitions, as do individual Divisions. These are in addition to the Society’s own National exhibitions, which are conducted annually and are exhibited during APSCON.

An annual competition with New Zealand is conducted in print, slide and nature sections. Acceptances in the latter attract points towards the attainment of APS Honours.

The Society also promotes [Under FIAP patronage] International exhibitions and coordinates Australian entries in FIAP Biennial exhibitions as well as coordinating group Australian entries in a number of International exhibitions. Any member may participate.


Under the Articles of Association the Society is run by a Management Committee consisting of President / Chairperson, Senior Vice President, Junior Vice President, Immediate Past President and three elected members.


Telephone (02) 9890 9795
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