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

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.
All applicants are required to complete and submit a FIAP Distinctions Application Dossier.
Applicants must obtain a FIAP Life Card through PSS with a fee of SGD $ 120.00 before they submit their applications.
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
(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:

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.
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.
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.
Take note that at least 10% of the minimum number of the acceptances required must be gained through PRINTS (i.e. at least 4 acceptances must be achieved through prints 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.
Take note that you should only use a maximum of 15% of acceptances from each country in your calculation. In other words, the number of acceptances from each country that you include in your application must not exceed 15% of your total acceptances.
Candidates for AFIAP distinction must submit:

A completed application dossier prescribed by FIAP (which can be obtain from PSS).
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.
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.
A passport photograph of the applicant.
Fee: SGD $140.00. (excluding postage)
(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:

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.
Have taken part with success in at least 50 international salons under FIAP Patronage in at least 20 different countries; a Circuit has to be considered as a single salon.
Have obtained at least 250 acceptances with at least 50 different works in international salons under FIAP Patronage.
Take note that at least 10% of the minimum number of the acceptances required must be gained through PRINTS (i.e. at least 25 acceptances must be achieved through prints for EFIAP). 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.
Take note that you should only use a maximum of 15% of acceptances from each country in your calculation. In other words, the number of acceptances from each country that you include in your application must not exceed 15% of your total acceptances.
Candidates for EFIAP distinction must submit:

A completed application dossier prescribed by FIAP (which can be obtain from PSS).
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.
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.
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.
A passport photograph of the applicant.
Fee: SGD $140.00. (excluding postage)
(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:

Excellence FIAP Bronze EFIAP/b
Excellence FIAP Silver EFIAP/s
Excellence FIAP Gold EFIAP/g
Excellence FIAP Platinum EFIAP/p

The candidate for these “EFIAP Levels” must:

Be holder of the EFIAP distinction or a previous EFIAP level for at least one year; based on the date of the diploma.
After the date of being awarded the EFIAP distinction, have obtained at least:

EFIAP Acceptances Works
Bronze 400 100
Silver 700 200
Gold 1000 300
Platinum 1500 400

As a further extension to the current EFIAP series of Distinctions the EFIAP Diamond Distinctions have been introduced. They require the following accumulation of Awards (any awards), that have been gained since the start of 2015 or the date of your EFIAP Platinum Certificate, whichever is the later.

Excellence FIAP Diamond 1 EFIAP/d1
Excellence FIAP Diamond 2 EFIAP/d2
Excellence FIAP Diamond 3 EFIAP/d3

EFIAP/d1 50 awards with 15 different works in 5 different countries
EFIAP/d2 100 awards with 30 different works in 7 different countries
EFIAP/d3 200 awards with 50 different works in10 different countries

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

A completed application dossier prescribed by FIAP.
A number of photographs as indicated here under:

EFIAP Bronze 4 new photographs awarded, in 3 different countries & salons
EFIAP Silver 5 new photographs awarded, in 4 different countries & salons
EFIAP Gold 6 new photographs awarded, in 5 different countries & salons
EFIAP Platinum 7 new photographs awarded, in 6 different countries & salons
EFIAP Diamond 1 5 new photographs awarded, in 5 different countries & salons
EFIAP Diamond 2 6 new photographs awarded, in 6 different countries & salons
EFIAP Diamond 3 7 new photographs awarded, in 7 different countries & salons

These photographs must be different from those submitted for other distinctions. The unmounted prints should measure 30 x 40 cm; smaller prints must be mounted on a very thin support of 30 x 40 cm. The total weight (photo with light support) may not exceed 90 gram. 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.
In each year only one EFIAP level can be applied for and each level – Bronze, Silver, Gold or Platinum – must be achieved in this sequential order. The standard 10% Print acceptance requirement and the 15% Country cap rule shall apply.
The “EFIAP Levels” distinctions, based cumulative achievements, are different from the MFIAP distinction. A photographic artist, who holds these two distinctions, can use the initials of both distinctions after his/her name. A holder of the MFIAP distinction may apply for the “EFIAP Levels”.
A passport photograph of the applicant.
Fee: SGD $140.00. (excluding postage)
(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:

Complete curriculum vitae using forms prescribed by FIAP. The text should be written in one of the official FIAP languages.
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.
This collection must be coherent from its conception to its realisation and presentation.
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.
A list of acceptances and prizes obtained in international salons under FIAP Patronage is not necessary and these will not be taken into consideration.
Applications for MFIAP must be signed and sent to the Secretary General of FIAP and, if possible, together with an additional soft copy of the complete document by electronic mail.
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.
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.
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.
A passport photograph of the applicant.
Fee: SGD $140.00. (excluding postage)
(5) ESFIAP DISTINCTION

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.
Holders of AFIAP, EFIAP and MFIAP may also be nominated for the ESFIAP distinction if they fulfil the criteria.
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.
Fee: SGD $80.00. (excluding postage) (price for non-PSS members)
(6) Hon.EFIAP DISTINCTION

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.
The Hon.EFIAP distinction is awarded by the FIAP Directory Board. Unanimity of the votes of the members of this Board is required.
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.
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.
The applications for Hon.EFIAP are examined by the FIAP Directory Board at one of its ordinary meetings.
Fee: SGD $80.00. (excluding postage) (price for non-PSS members)
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 2016.

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)
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