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FIAP – all information

Federation Internationale de Art Photographique (FIAP)
Many club photographers ask “What is AFIAP or EFIAP after a photographer’s name”? It is a distinction awarded for photographic merit by the Fédération Internationale de l’Art Photographique (FIAP for short).

What can be gained by having this distinction?  Well a lot!  Firstly, and most importantly, it introduces you to photography outside your club boundaries.  It is a challenge to see how well your pictures are received on an international stage.  It is nothing to be frightened of and is really worth ‘having a go’.  There is a list of Salons produced each year, and you can choose which ones to enter.  Often they have themes like ‘Man and Work’ or ‘Ecological Truth’, but most have ‘open colour’, ‘open mono’, nature and sections such as ‘travel’, ‘photo-journalism’, ‘creative’, etc. These competitions are set up by groups in most countries and they have a panel of judges who select the pictures.  If your picture is accepted then it will always be listed in their catalogue, and may be printed in the catalogue.  Some Salons do not produce catalogues, only a CD-ROM.  This will appear in the Internet list.  The great thing is that you will always see examples of the best photography that the Salon has produced. Any acceptances will go towards your distinction, the rules of which appear below.  To start with you will need to apply for a ‘FIAP Photographer’s Card’, which you pay for once.  You can then go forward and enter Salons to gain acceptances towards your distinction.

Have a go – or better still get a group of you together in your club to enter – it is great fun and addictive!

You can see some examples of some of the best AFIAP acceptances last year in the Scottish Photographic Federation.

FIAP PHOTOGRAPHER’S CARD – You must have one of these Cards before applying for a distinction.
Candidates for a FIAP Distinction must hold a FIAP Photographer’s Card.  This is the same size as a credit card and contains your name, your photograph, your distinction and your unique number. You must apply for an application form which you send with a passport-sized photo of yourself and the fee to the WPF Liaison Officer.  At present it is £55 which includes a small amount for administration charges, which is made out in a cheque to the WPF.  Updating the card for a higher distinction is free but you will have to supply a new photograph.  You can apply for the card at the same time as you send in your application for your AFIAP or at any time in the year before this.

Application forms for the Photographer’s card and distinctions are available from the WPF  Liaison Officer (see below).

Applications for all levels except MFIAP will cost £55 which includes an administration fee.  MFIAP costs £110 (125 euros) plus administration fee.

Closing date for applications this year is 10th October, 2017.

Closing date for applications next year will be 10th September 2018. Certificates will be dated around 28th November 2018.

When you apply for a Photographer’s card you will receive an introductory package containing all you need to know about the distinctions, plus application forms and an article explaining how to fill in your distinction form (AFIAP and EFIAP).  There is also an Excel document with which you can keep track of your performance and see how you are progressing with your distinction.  To tempt you here are some simplified requirements for potential AFIAP and EFIAP entrants:

Introduction

Here is a list of the most important facts about FIAP distinctions.

The following distinctions are available:

  • Artist FIAP (AFIAP)
  • Excellence FIAP (EFIAP)
  • Excellence FIAP Bronze (EFIAP/b)
  • Excellence FIAP Silver (EFIAP/s)
  • Excellence FIAP Gold (EFIAP/g)
  • Excellence FIAP Platinum (EFIAP/p)
  • Excellence FIAP Diamond 1 (EFIAP/d1)
  • Excellence FIAP Diamond 2 (EFIAP/d2)
  • Excellence FIAP Diamond 3 (EFIAP/d3)
  • Master FIAP (MFIAP)

and for those who, by their work or their achievements, have contributed to the progress of FIAP or of photography in general:

  • Excellence FIAP for Services Rendered (ESFIAP)
  • Honorary Excellence FIAP (HonEFIAP)

No discrimination is made between the candidates, amateur or professional photographers alike. No age limit is imposed. No difference is made between prints and projected images.

All FIAP distinctions are awarded for life. Holders of a distinction are allowed to append after their names the initials corresponding to the distinction(s) they hold. However in the event where a holder of FIAP distinction(s) commits a serious offence against FIAP or against a national federation affiliated with FIAP, the distinction(s) can be withdrawn by the FIAP Board of Directors. No appeal is allowed.

For either of the two different categories of distinctions (for “photographic artistry” and for “services rendered”), the persons to whom these distinctions are awarded will only mention the highest distinction. However “EFIAP Levels” and MFIAP may be used concurrently.

AFIAP DISTINCTION

The distinction “Artist FIAP” (AFIAP) is the first artistic distinction that can be obtained. It is awarded to photographic artists whose artistic qualities, technique and production of work have been acknowledged through their participation in international salons under FIAP Patronage.

The candidate for this distinction must:

  1. Have taken part with success in international salons under FIAP Patronage for at least 1 year; i.e. the first FIAP-recognised acceptance must have occurred at least 1 year ago.
  2. Have taken part with success in at least 15 international salons under FIAP Patronage in at least 8 different countries. In this respect a Circuit is to be considered as a single salon.
  3. Have obtained at least 40 acceptances with at least 15 different works in international salons under FIAP Patronage.
  4. Include in his works a minimum of 4 different works, which have each received at least one acceptance in “Print” salons under FIAP Patronage.

You must submit with your application form, a CD-rom Portfolio of 5 digital image files (these can be from your PDI or print photographs) to your WPF Liaison Officer. These must be of photographs that have each received at least 3 acceptances from FIAP Patronised Salons and the digital files must have a minimum of 3,600 pixels on the longest side.

 

EFIAP DISTINCTION

The distinction “Excellence FIAP” (EFIAP) is awarded to photographic artists who, apart from having excellent techniques, have significant numbers of their works often accepted in many international salons under FIAP Patronage.

The candidate for this distinction must:

  1. Be the holder of the AFIAP distinction. An application for the EFIAP distinction can be made not less than 1 year after the award of the AFIAP distinction, based on the date of the diploma.
  2. Have taken part with success in at least 30 international salons under FIAP Patronage in at least 20 different countries. In this respect a Circuit is considered to be a single salon.
  3. Have obtained at least 250 acceptances with at least 50 different works in international salons under FIAP Patronage.
  4. Include in his works a minimum of 12 different works, which have each received at least one acceptance in “Print” salons under FIAP Patronage.
  5. At least two different photographs must have received at least one award. These awards must have been gained in different salons from different countries.

You must submit with your application form, a CD-rom Portfolio of 5 digital image files (these can be from your PDI or print photographs) to your WPF Liaison Officer. These must be of photographs that have each received at least 3 acceptances from FIAP Patronised Salons and must include at least two that have received awards in (5) above.  They must also be different and not resemble or be similar to those in your AFIAP Portfolio, but they can be from accepted works in your AFIAP application.

A NOTE ON TIMING YOUR ACCEPTANCES
It is possible to move to the next FIAP level on a yearly basis, but only if you are well organised.  You must have achieved ALL the FIAP requirements for the level you are applying for by the WPF closing date which for 2018 will be 10th September.  Beware! An acceptance is not valid until FIAP have received the Salon File which is listed in the patronage list of salons for the year in question.  There is often a delay of a month or more before FIAP receive these files.  So it is no use submitting your application to the FIAP Liaison Officer on the closing date in the hope that your acceptance may qualify in the following week or two.  Your application must also be within the yearly rule if you are submitting on a yearly basis which is 28th November.

NOTE! Full details of all distinctions can be found HERE.

Ed Cloutman
WPF FIAP Liaison Officer
March 2017

All enquiries on all FIAP matters, including information on Congresses and Biennials, should be addressed to:
The WPF Liaison Officer
Ed Cloutman Tel: 01446 751 686
Contact Ed on fiap@thewpf.co.uk