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The Federation International de L’ Art Photographique (FIAP) is an umbrella organisation for recreational photography across the world. It represents over 80 different countries with the PSNZ being representative body for New Zealand.

The FIAP is based in Europe and holds biennial Congresses in different countries – similar to PSNZ Conventions. The PSNZ usually has delegates attending these Congresses who present a unique New Zealand viewpoint. These Congresses are traditionally hosted by one of the key photographic societies or art institutions of the host country and are heavily supported and endorsed by the Government’s office of Tourism.  The cost of attending a Congress is excellent value as the registration fee is usually subsidized by the host nation.

The FIAP – which does not generally provide for individual membership – also formally recognises around 450 International salons annually which can count towards the awarding of FIAP distinctions.

The gaining of FIAP distinctions is normally accepted as being a natural progression for PSNZ members who have been successful in gaining PSNZ honours and are looking to challenge themselves on the wider world stage.

FIAP Distinctions:

AFIAP (Artiste Federation Internationale de L’ Art Photographique)

The first FIAP distinction is the AFIAP (Artiste Federation Internationale de L’ Art Photographique). To qualify for this distinction a photographer must have a FIAP Photographer’s Life Card and is required to have had success in Salons conducted under FIAP patronage for at least one year.

The candidate must have at least 40 acceptances (including at least four prints) at a minimum of 15 different FIAP salons, across a minimum of eight different countries and with at least 15 different images. In this respect a Circuit is considered to be a single salon.

Five works are submitted (as digital files) to the FIAP, each of which having had at least three acceptances in a FIAP Salon.

There is also a PSNZ requirement for a candidate to be a PSNZ member, and to have had five or more acceptances at the PSNZ National Exhibition (Natex).

EFIAP (Excellence Federation Internationale de L’ Art Photographique)

The second FIAP distinction is the EFIAP (Excellence Federation Internationale de L’ Art Photographique). This is awarded to a holder of an AFIAP (for at last one year) who has had at least 250 acceptances (including at least 12 prints) at a minimum of 30 different Salons conducted under FIAP patronage, across a minimum of 20 different countries and with at least 50 different images. In this respect a Circuit is considered to be a single salon.

Five works – different from those submitted for an AFIAP – are submitted (as digital files) to the FIAP.  Each of these needs to have had at least three acceptances in a FIAP Salon, with at least two of the images having obtained an award in two different countries. A circuit is considered as a single salon.

After achieving an EFIAP there are also seven further EFIAP “levels” which recognize significant continuing salon successes.

MFIAP (Master Federation Internationale de L’ Art Photographique)

There is a third level – that of MFIAP (Master Federation Internationale de L’ Art Photographique) – which holders of an EFIAP may aspire to. It requires the submission of a 20 print portfolio for evaluation by the FIAP Directory Board and is a very difficult achievement – only one member of the PSNZ has ever qualified.

Further Information

Once a FIAP distinction is awarded, a certificate and a lapel pin are issued and the successful candidates may use the appropriate letters after their name for the rest of their lives.

The FIAP distinction rules and forms, as well as the application form for a FIAP Photographer’s Life Card can be obtained from Brian Cudby, the PSNZ Liaison Officer for FIAP  at email brian-pat.cudby@xtra.co.nz

PSNZ recommendations for AFIAP and EFIAP distinctions are consolidated annually, normally in October, and forwarded to the FIAP for consideration.

Consolidated lists of approved Salons conducted under FIAP patronage are published throughout the year. They can be easily accessed by going to the FIAP website http://www.fiap.net or on the PSNZ International Salons Facebook page.

Start by clicking the British flag (top right – for English language) then the “Activities” button, then the “Patronages” button, lastly the “List of Salons with FIAP Patronage” button and view the approved salons.

For further information please contact Brian Cudby

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