Wednesday, January 29, 2014

going for the AFIAP distinction ...

Recently I have submitted my application to FIAP for the AFIAP distinction.

Some of you may wonder what FIAP and AFIAP mean at all ... probably the majority of you!

FIAP is an international federation of national associations of photography, it stands for La Fédération Internationale de l'Art Photographique.
Its purpose is the promotion of photographic art under all its aspects and by all kinds of photographic events.

The Irish national association is the IPF, the Irish Photographic Federation, which represents the Irish photographic clubs around Ireland. One of them is, of course, the Dublin Camera Club, of which I have been a member for well over a decade now.

FIAP runs a program of distinctions, as they say, rather grandiosely,  to honor eminent personalities known in the field of photography.

To be awarded distinctions a photographer has to have a number of works accepted for exhibition in Salons all over the world.
A Salon is simply put a photographic exhibition to which photographers from all over the globe are invited to submit images. Those images will then be subjected to a judging process and the best will be accepted to the exhibition.

The first of the artistic distinctions, the basic level if you like, is the AFIAP or Artiste FIAP.

To be awarded the AFIAP, a photographer needs to have 40 works accepted for exhibition in at least 15 different Salons across at least 8 different countries. At least 15 different images need to be accepted. There are other minor requirements, but those four are the main ones.

To date I have had 80 works accepted in 27 Salons in 17 different countries!

So I hope to be hearing some good news on my application in the coming months.

... I leave you with my most accepted image below, 11 acceptances in Salons in Argentina, Croatia, England, Germany, Greece, Serbia, Slovenia, Switzerland and Wales ...