The Federation International de L’ Art Photographique (FIAP), translated in English as the International Federation of Photographic Art, is an international organisation for recreational photography across the world. It represents more than 85 national associations in the five continents and represents the benefits of nearly one million individual photographers.
The Photographic Society of New Zealand (PSNZ) is a member of FIAP. As New Zealand’s operational member, PSNZ administers the processing of any submissions/recommendations to this world body. The PSNZ accepts submissions from all New Zealand residents, both PSNZ members and non members.
FIAP offer a range of activities and services throughout the year. FIAP’s activities include: Photographic Skill and Service Awards, known as Distinctions; FIAP Biennials; FIAP Patronages for Exhibitions and the FIAP World Cup Competitions for Clubs.
The FIAP is headquartered in Europe. Each country’s operational member appoints a Liaison Officer via which communication with FIAP is handled. The New Zealand Photographic Society’s FIAP Liaison Officer is: Ann Bastion FPSPZ EFIAP.
International meetings are hosted by FIAP in two different formats: a biennial Congress and Photo Meeting – similar to a PSNZ national convention. 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 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.
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:
- Have taken part with success in international salons under FlAP Patronage for at least 1 year; e. his first FlAP-recognised acceptance must have occurred at least 1 year ago.
- Have taken part with success in at least 15 international salons under FlAP Patronage in at least 8 different In this respect a Circuit is to be considered as a single salon.
- Have obtained at least 40 acceptances with at least 15 different works in international salons under FlAP
- Include in his works a minimum of 4 different works, which have each received at least one acceptance in “Print” salons under FlAP Patronage.
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).
The candidate for this distinction must:
- Be the holder of the AFIAP 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.
- Have taken part with success in at least 30 international salons under FlAP Patronage in at least 20 different countries. In this respect a Circuit is considered to be a single salon.
- Have obtained at least 250 acceptances with at least 50 different works in international salons under FlAP Patronage
- Include in his works a minimum of 12 different works, which have each received at least one acceptance in “Print” salons under FlAP
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.
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 Ann Bastion, the PSNZ Liaison Officer for FIAP at email firstname.lastname@example.org
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 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 Ann Bastion