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About Distinctions – PSNZ Honours Awards

LICENTIATE (LPSNZ)

To apply for an Associateship, you must be a financial member of PSNZ, or a financial member of an affiliated club.

You must submit a portfolio of ten (10) images.

Your portfolio may be in the form of prints or projected images. The categories are: Open or Nature.

In either category (Open or Nature) a Licentiateship is awarded for “proficiency of a high order in practical photography.” This means the applicant must demonstrate sound basic technical ability, along with good compositional skill, and awareness of lighting. Proficiency implies skill with the camera and in processing and presenting images.

A Licentiate submission does not require a theme. Photographic proficiency is best demonstrated by a diversity of approach. For example, by a variety of subject matter; variety of lens choice; variety of viewpoints etc.

The standard of individual images in a successful Licentiate portfolio is likely to be at Acceptance or Honours level in the larger or stronger clubs, or from those clubs that consistently do well in PSNZ inter-club competitions. A key factor for success, however, is the coherent and pleasing manner in which the portfolio is put together. That is to say, the images must “hang together” as described in the section on Portfolio Arrangement.

Example Licentiateship Sets

ASSOCIATE (APSNZ)

You must be a financial member of PSNZ to apply for an Associateship.

You must submit a portfolio of twelve (12) images.

A portfolio submission may be in the form of prints or projected images. The categories are: Open, Nature, Scientific & Technical.

If making a Scientific & Technical submission, you must give 30 days prior notice of the specific subject of your submission.

Associate is a significant step up from Licentiate. The successful Associate applicant will exhibit a higher level of skill with the camera and in processing and presenting images.

An Associate should be akin to a one-person exhibition. It must demonstrate not only a higher level of technical of proficiency than an ‘L’, but also appropriate artistic and creative qualities. It may be a diverse portfolio or one that has a theme. A theme is not a requirement.  A high quality of imagery throughout the portfolio is the most important consideration.

The standard of the individual images is likely to be at Acceptance or Honours level in the National Exhibition. However,  the manner in which the portfolio is put together as a presentation is of primary importance. The images must “hang together” (prints) or “flow” (projected) as described in the section (above) on Portfolio Arrangement.  If you are considering a theme it should be one theme, not 3 separate themes on different rows.  It must provide a pleasing demonstration of both technical skill and artistry.

It is not necessary to provide a written statement with an Associateship.

Example Associate Sets

FELLOW (FPSNZ)

You must be a financial member of PSNZ and already hold an Associateship to apply for a Fellowship.

You must submit a portfolio of eighteen (18) images.

Your portfolio may be in the form of prints or projected images. The categories are: Open, Nature or Scientific & Technical.

If making a Scientific & Technical submission, you must give 30 days prior notice of the specific subject of your submission. Fellowship applications may not currently be made with Digital Audio- Visual submissions.

A Fellowship submission must demonstrate outstanding ability and photographic skill, with an individual style and maturity of vision. The letters FPSNZ are intended to denote one who stands in the front rank of photography.

Unlike Licentiate and Associate portfolios, the successful Fellowship submission will usually have a theme – a thesis-like approach to consistent subject matter. A successful Fellowship application will illustrate a freshness of approach, and a themed portfolio is the best way to demonstrate one’s individuality, style, artistry and mastery of the photographic craft.

A themed portfolio may usefully be accompanied by a written statement of the author’s intent (max 100 words) written and presented at a high standard, consistent with the Honour sought.

The images in a successful Fellow portfolio are all likely to be at National Exhibition level with quality appropriate to the genre. Most importantly, their presentation must be at the highest level, demonstrating excellent skills in Portfolio Arrangement.

In a Nature portfolio at Fellowship level, it is particularly important that the images hold together cohesively in terms of the information they present.

Example Fellowship Sets

The following PDF document contain relevant information for those considering applying for their Honours Awards.

Guidelines and Application Form for PSNZ Photographic Honours

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