FIAP Distinctions

The Photographic Society of Singapore (PSS) is the official National Federation appointed by The International Federation of Photographic Art (FIAP).

  1. Applying for FIAP distinctions through a federation other than that of your own country is against the rules and strictly prohibited. All Singapore photographers have to apply for FIAP Honours through PSS.

  2. All applicants are required to complete and submit a FIAP Distinctions Application Dossier.

  3. Applicants must obtain a FIAP Life Card through PSS with a fee of SGD $ 120.00 before they submit their applications.

  4. The closing date for all FIAP distinction application is 31st December of each calendar year in Singapore. Applications should be sent to the following:

The FIAP Liaison Officer

The Photographic Society of Singapore

Selegie Arts Centre

30 Selegie Road

Singapore 188351

 

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IMPORTANT INFORMATION

The FIAP Photographer’s Life-Card

Any candidate for a photographic distinction of FIAP must hold a FIAP Photographer’s Card. The Photographer’s Card may be replaced free when applying for a FIAP distinction, provided that the candidate submits a photograph and a new request form indicating the serial number of the current card.

Notes:-

1. The amended FIAP Distinctions criteria shall apply starting from 1 January 2017.

2. All local applicants must apply through PSS’s FIAP Liaison Officer, Tel: 63343361

3. Applicants for FIAP Distinctions must first obtain a FIAP Photographer’s Card.

4. The fee for the FIAP Photographer’s Card is SGD $120.00. (excluding postage)

(1) AFIAP DISTINCTION

The distinction “Artist FIAP” (AFIAP) is the first artistic distinction that can be obtained. It is awarded to photographic artists whose artistic qualities, technique and production of work have been acknowledged through participations in international salons under FIAP Patronage.

The candidate for this distinction must:

  1. Have taken part with success in international salons under FIAP Patronage for at least 1 year; i.e. his first FIAP-recognised acceptance must have occurred at least 1 year ago.
  2. Have taken part with success in at least 15 international salons under FIAP Patronage in at least 8 different countries; a Circuit has to be considered as a single salon.
  3. Have obtained at least 40 acceptances in international salons under FIAP Patronage with at least 15 different works plus 6 more acceptances gained from locally organised international salons that are also under FIAP Patronage.
  4. Include in his works a minimum of 4 different works, which have each received at least one acceptance in “Print” salons under FIAP Patronage. (i.e. at least 4 acceptances must be achieved through print acceptances for AFIAP). Please note when participating in a Circuit, only 1 acceptance will be counted for each Title in the entire Circuit. In other words, multiple acceptances for the same Title will only count as 1 acceptance.

Candidates for AFIAP distinction must submit:

  1. A completed application dossier prescribed by FIAP (which can be obtain from PSS).
  2. 5 works of the candidate (black and white prints, colour prints or a mixture) to be submitted in CD, with 3600 pixels at the longer side. Each of these 5 works must have gained at least 3 acceptances each in salons with FIAP Patronage.
  3. All the submitted works must have obtained FIAP-recognised acceptances. Whether or not the distinction is awarded, the works become the property of FIAP. They will become part of the artistic patrimony of FIAP and may be used to put together collections.
  4. A passport photograph of the applicant.
  5. Fee: SGD $140.00. (excluding postage)
  6. When the AFIAP distinction is awarded, the candidate will receive a diploma and a badge with green enamel.

(2) EFIAP DISTINCTION

The distinction “Excellence FIAP” (EFIAP) is awarded to photographic artists who, apart from having excellent techniques, have a significant number of their work often been accepted in many international salons under FIAP Patronage.

The candidate for EFIAP distinction must:

  1. Be holder of the AFIAP distinction. An application for this distinction can be made 1 year after the award of the AFIAP distinction; based on the date of the diploma.
  2. Have taken part with success in at least 30 international salons under FIAP Patronage in at least 20 different countries; a Circuit has to be considered as a single salon.
  3. Have obtained at least 250 acceptances with at least 50 different works in international salons under FIAP Patronage.
  4. Include in his works a minimum of 12 different works, which have each received at least one acceptance in “Print” salons under FIAP Patronage. Please note when participating in a Circuit, only 1 acceptance will be counted for each Title in the entire Circuit. In other words, multiple acceptances for the same Title will only count as 1 acceptance.

Candidates for EFIAP distinction must submit:

  1. A completed application dossier prescribed by FIAP (which can be obtain from PSS).
  2. 5 works of the candidate (black and white prints, colour prints or a mixture) to be submitted in CD, with 3600 pixels at the longer side and these 5 new works must be different from those that has been submitted for the candidate’s AFIAP distinction application.
  3. Each of these 5 works must have gained at least 3 acceptances each in salons with FIAP Patronage and 2 of these works must have been awarded at least once in a different salon from different countries.
  4. Whether or not the distinction is awarded, the works become the property of FIAP. They will become part of the artistic patrimony of FIAP and may be used to put together collections.
  5. A passport photograph of the applicant.
  6. Fee: SGD $140.00. (excluding postage)
  7. When the EFIAP distinction is awarded, the candidate will receive a diploma and a badge with red enamel.

(3) THE EFIAP LEVELS

In order to honour photographic artists who, after having received the EFIAP distinction, continue to actively participate in international salons under FIAP Patronage and by so doing help promote photography with their new artistic production, FIAP has instituted four additional EFIAP levels:

The candidate for “EFIAP Levels” Distinctions must: 

  • Be the have been the holder of the EFIAP Distinction (or previous EFIAP Levels Distinction) for at least one year from the date of the diploma for that previous distinction;
  • and since the date on the applicant’s diploma for the EFIAP Distinction have obtained in total at least in international salons under FIAP Patronage:

 

EFIAP/b 200 acceptances  50 different works  5 different countries 
EFIAP/s 300 acceptances  100 different works 10 different countries
EFIAP/g 500 acceptances  150 different works 15 different countries
EFIAP/p 700 acceptances  250 different works 20 different countries

 

After the date of being award the EFIAP/p distinction or since 1st January 2015, whichever is the later, have obtained:

 

EFIAP/d1 50 Awards 15 different works  5 different countries 
EFIAP/d2 100 Awards  30 different works 7 different countries
EFIAP/d3 200 Awards  50 different works 10 different countries

 

 The candidate for an “EFIAP Level” distinction must submit:

1. A complete application using forms prescribed by FIAP (which is available in PSS’s website)

2. A set of photographs, which have acheived the below:

 
EFIAP/b 4 awarded photographs  from 4 different countries  from 4 different salons 
EFIAP/s 5 awarded photographs  from 5 different countries  from 5 different salons 
EFIAP/g 6 awarded photographs  from 6 different countries  from 6 different salons 
EFIAP/p 7 awarded photographs  from 7 different countries  from 7 different salons 
EFIAP/d1 5 awarded photographs  from 5 different countries  from 5 different salons 
EFIAP/d2 6 awarded photographs  from 6 different countries  from 6 different salons 
EFIAP/d3 7 awarded photographs  from 7 different countries  from 7 different salons 

 

3. These photographs must be different and not resemble or be similar to those submitted for other distinctions. In this respect a Circuit is considered to be a single salon. The works of the candidate (black and white prints, colour prints or a mixture) should be submitted in CD, with 3600 pixels at the longer side.

4. In each year only one EFIAP level can be applied for and each level – Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum, Diamond 1, Diamond 2 or Diamond 3 – must be achieved in this sequential order. 

5. Whether or not the distinction is awarded, the works become the property of FIAP. They will become part of the artistic patrimony of FIAP and may be used to put together collections.

6. A passport photograph of the applicant.

7. Fee: SGD $140.00. (excluding postage)

8. When the EFIAP level is awarded, the candidate will receive a diploma and a badge with red enamel combined with a distinctive addition for each level: bronze colour for EFIAP/b, silver colour for EFIAP/s, gold colour for EFIAP/g and black-platinum colour for EFIAP/p. For the EFIAP Diamond levels another badge will be created.

(4) MFIAP DISTINCTION

The distinction “Master Photographer of FIAP” (MFIAP) is awarded to a photographic artist in recognition of his/her entire achievements in the field of artistic photography. MFIAP is the third step, after AFIAP and EFIAP, in the FIAP distinctions awarded for personal successes in photography. The candidate must be a holder of the EFIAP distinction for at least 3 years, based on the date of the diploma.

The candidate for this distinction must submit:

  1. Complete curriculum vitae using forms prescribed by FIAP. The text should be written in one of the official FIAP languages.
  2. A portfolio of 20 images numbered from 1 to 20 (black and white prints or colour prints). The prints or support must measure 30 x 40 cm. A portfolio-style of presentation is required. The weight of the complete portfolio should not exceed 2 kilograms.
  3. This collection must be coherent from its conception to its realisation and presentation.
  4. An introductory text that describes the subject and the creative concept of the photographic artist. The text must be written in one of the official FIAP languages.
  5. A list of acceptances and prizes obtained in international salons under FIAP Patronage is not necessary and these will not be taken into consideration.
  6. Applications for MFIAP must be signed and sent to the Liaison Officer of FIAP in Singapore and if possible, together with an additional soft copy of the complete document by electronic mail.
  7. The portfolios will be examined at one of the ordinary meetings of the FIAP Directory Board. The FIAP Directory Board may call upon the advice of any qualified person.
  8. The MFIAP distinction is awarded by simple majority of the members of the FIAP Directory Board. If the MFIAP distinction is not awarded, the candidate receives a written explanation for the reject.
  9. If the portfolio of the author is accepted, it becomes the property of FIAP. The collection of works of holders of the MFIAP distinction can be used by FIAP for exhibitions or other events for the benefit of FIAP. Candidates awarded the MFIAP distinction must provide a digital collection in a CD-ROM to FIAP, so that FIAP can reproduce the works to their original quality, should the original images deteriorate. It must be possible to open this file with Adobe Photoshop software.
  10. A passport photograph of the applicant.
  11. Fee: SGD $260.00. (excluding postage)
  12. When the MFIAP distinction is awarded, the candidate will receive a diploma and a badge with yellow enamel. 

(5) ESFIAP DISTINCTION

  1. The distinction “Excellence for Services Rendered” (ESFIAP) is awarded to a person who had accomplished 10 years of exceptional service for the benefit of FIAP.
  2. Holders of  AFIAP, EFIAP and MFIAP may also be nominated for the ESFIAP distinction if they fulfil the criteria.
  3. Application for the ESFIAP distinction must complete a application dossier prescribed by FIAP along with a curriculum vitae and a detailed description of the services rendered by the candidate.
  4. Fee: SGD $80.00. (excluding postage) (price for non-PSS members)

(6) Hon.EFIAP DISTINCTION

  1. The “Honorary Excellence FIAP” (Hon.EFIAP) distinction is the highest honour the International Federation of Photographic Art can award to a holder of an ESFIAP distinction. The number of living holders of this distinction is limited to a number set by the FIAP Directory Board.
  2. The Hon.EFIAP distinction is awarded by the FIAP Directory Board. Unanimity of the votes of the members of this Board is required.
  3. Any extraordinary contribution of an international nature to the development of photography or of photographic art will be taken into account as will be any exceptional service that has contributed to the progress of FIAP.
  4. The application for a Hon.EFIAP distinction should comprises a complete curriculum vitae and a full description of the services that justify the candidacy. A form prescribed by FIAP should be used. The application written in one of the official FIAP languages should be sent to the Secretary General of FIAP.
  5. The applications for Hon.EFIAP are examined by the FIAP Directory Board at one of its ordinary meetings.
  6. Fee: SGD $80.00. (excluding postage) (price for non-PSS members)