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FIAP (International Federation of Photographic Art) is an international organisation whose purpose is the promotion of photographic art in all its aspects and through all kinds of photographic events.

The Photographic Society of New Zealand (PSNZ) is a member of FIAP and is the operational member for New Zealand. PSNZ administers the processing of any submissions/recommendations to FIAP. Communication with FIAP is handled by the PSNZ FIAP Liaison Officer:

FIAP offer a range of activities and services throughout the year. These include: photographic skill and service awards, known as Distinctions, FIAP Biennials, FIAP Patronages for exhibitions and the FIAP World Cup Competitions for Clubs.

FIAP Distinctions

The honours awarded by FIAP are highly appreciated and desired by photographers all over the world. These are known as ‘Distinctions’. Distinctions are applied for through the FIAP operational member in each country via its Liaison Officer.

Entering International Salons/Exhibitions with FIAP Patronage

There are currently over 500 international photography salons/exhibitions that are approved by FIAP. Such approval is known as FIAP Patronage and involves salons complying with rules stipulated by FIAP and meeting certain standards. These exhibitions are run as competitions with the best of the images accepted to be part of the resulting exhibition of photography. Images may also win awards. These acceptances and awards can be counted towards FIAP Distinctions. When an entrant meets the required number of acceptances in the required number of countries etc (as laid out in the rules and regulations) they can choose to apply for a distinction. PSNZ requires that in addition to these acceptances, the applicants must also have gained at least 5 acceptances in the PSNZ National Exhibition. Careful record keeping is essential in order to comply with the FIAP application forms. There is a help sheet on how to keep records:

For the full list of international salons with FIAP Patronage, both past and upcoming


FIAP Biennials

FIAP Biennials are competitions between FIAP affiliated country organisations. Each country selects images from photographers within its organisation’s membership to represent their country. Different countries host these events each year. Images in the competition itself are awarded points and the full set of images from that country are also awarded points for cohesion, as each country is expected to present a themed set of images. There are awards and placings for the most successful countries and individual awards are also made for specific images. Those people whose work is chosen to represent their country in this inter-country competition, can count each selected image as an acceptance on their application for FIAP Distinctions.

As the name implies, each Biennial is held every second year, alternating between the different Biennials. FIAP offers the following Biennials: colour prints, black and white, projected images, nature colour print, nature projected images, youth print (2 age categories) and youth digital (2 age categories). New Zealand participates in the black and white print and the colour projected image Biennials only.

Preparation for the selection of the set will start at the beginning of the year and selection will take place at the end of February.

The call for entries will come in December of the year prior.  PSNZ members will be invited to send in images fitting a chosen theme. It is an honour to have your image selected to represent New Zealand and it’s free to enter. A complete revision of the previous regulation has been carried out and data protection clauses have been incorporated. From now on, all works that obtain a total score of 8 or more points may be considered for FIAP distinctions.

FIAP World Cup for Clubs

The FIAP World Cup is an international projected images competition between camera clubs. Entries to this event are organised by individual local clubs, which enter directly to FIAP, not via the Liaison Officer. Most clubs already hold competitions within their own membership or between local clubs. This is a great way to get your club team in a large international interclub competition event.
For further details and entry forms

FIAP Congress and FIAP Photo Meetings

FIAP Congress. The Congress is FIAP’s major convention style gathering which any interested party can attend. It is held every second year on even numbered years, e.g. 2018. National Photographic Organisations, affiliated with FIAP can nominate delegates, typically the FIAP Liaison Officer and management officials of the society, to attend the multiple meetings. A nation will host this 5-7 day event which can be held anywhere in the world. It includes photographic tours and activities for all attendees as well as tours for observers who are attending but are not involved in meetings.

FIAP Photo Meeting. The Photo Meeting is held once every second year on the alternating year to the FIAP Congress. Like Congress the event is hosted by a nation and it is based in a location with photographic opportunities. Whilst there is a formal meeting for officials, the event is largely one involving photography tours.

Both the FIAP Congress and FIAP Photo Meeting are usually held anywhere from June to August. Anyone wishing to attend must hold a FIAP Photographers Card which can be sought regardless of whether FIAP Distinctions are held. There is no requirement to be a PSNZ member to attend. Information regarding the upcoming event will be published in Camera Talk. Anyone interested in attending these events should contact the FIAP Liaison Officer who will send them the applicable documents as they come to hand.


The FIAP News is a large digital publication full of photos, articles and news that may be of interest to photographers around the world. It is produced twice a year. Contributions such as interesting articles are sent in from many nations. The latest edition of this publication is available for download at  

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