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About Distinctions – PSNZ Honours Awards

There are three levels of PSNZ Distinctions. Applicants must submit portfolios of Prints or Projected Images.

LICENTIATE (LPSNZ) 

To apply for a Licentiateship, you must be a financial member of PSNZ, or a financial member of an affiliated club.
A portfolio of ten (10) images is required.
The 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 is required to 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, genre, varieties of lens choice, lighting conditions, viewpoints and so on.

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, and in 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 outlined in the website.

Example of Licentiate Sets

ASSOCIATE (APSNZ)

You must be a financial member of PSNZ to apply for an Associateship.
A portfolio of twelve (12) images is required.
The portfolio may be in the form of Prints or Projected Images. The categories are: Open, Nature, Scientific & Technical.

If making a Scientific & Technical submission, 30 days prior notice of the specific subject is required to enable the Honours Board can find appropriate expertise to assist it if necessary.

Associate is a significant step up from Licentiate. Successful Associate portfolios exhibit a higher level of technical proficiency than an ‘L’. They demonstrate artistic and creative qualities in Open, and well composed informative images in Nature. An Associate portfolio should be akin to a one-person exhibition.

Successful Associate portfolios exhibit advanced skills in a range of areas – including camera use, composition, awareness and use of lighting, processing and presentation. Importantly, they exhibit artistic qualities.

Although an Associate portfolio may have a theme, it is NOT a requirement. Applicants need to be aware that closely related images may not display the extent of the author’s competence as clearly as a diverse set could.   An Associate portfolio is not supposed to be a ‘mini’ Fellowship portfolio (see below).

A high standard of imagery throughout the portfolio is essential. The standard of the individual images is what you may expect to find at Acceptance or Honours level in the National Exhibition.

The manner in which the portfolio is put together as a presentation is of major importance. The images must “hang together” (prints) or “flow” (projected) as described in the section on Portfolio Arrangement outlined in the website.

You are not required to provide a written statement with an Associateship portfolio.

Example of Associate Sets

FELLOWSHIP (FPSNZ)  

You must be a financial member of PSNZ and already hold an Associateship to apply for a Fellowship.
A portfolio of eighteen (18) images is required.
The 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, 30 days prior notice of the specific subject to is required to enable the Honours Board can find appropriate expertise to assist it if necessary.

Fellowship submissions are expected to 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, successful Fellowship submissions 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 a good way to demonstrate one’s individuality, style, artistry and mastery of the photographic medium.

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

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

The images in a successful Fellowship portfolio are expected be of the standard befitting an Associate, and quality appropriate to the genre. Vitally, their presentation will be at the highest level, demonstrating excellent skills in Portfolio Arrangement outlined in the website.

Example of Fellowship Sets

Guidelines and Application Form for PSNZ Photographic Honours

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