FIAP

Federation Internationale de L'Art Photographique (FIAP)

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CAPA is the Canadian operational member of FIAP (Federation Internationale de l’Art Photographique). All operational members are the sole national federations or associations for sovereign states that are members of the United Nations.
As a CAPA member you can apply through CAPA for photographic distinctions from FIAP.

Review the following to see if you already meet the requirements for one of the distinctions, or challenge yourself to reach the requirements needed for distinction.

For more information contact David Laronde at davidrlaronde@gmail.com.

FIAP Distinctions for Photographic Merit

Introduction

FIAP provides 10 distinctions for photographic merit. Nine of these are reachable in ascending order. One, the MFIAP distinction, is a separate distinction.

Working toward FIAP Distinctions

If you take part, or want to take part, in international photographic salons or circuits that have FIAP patronage you may be working toward, or already have enough acceptances to apply for one of the FIAP distinctions. To find FIAP patronized salons go to www.myfiap.net/patronages.

A salon is a single competition, which may have different sections (open, nature, travel, etc.). A circuit has more than one salon. If you enter a circuit your images will be passed from one salon to the other salons listed in the circuit before the results from each salon are provided.

FIAP Distinctions

The first FIAP distinction for photographic merit is the AFIAP (Artist FIAP). To receive this distinction an applicant’s first acceptance in a FIAP patronized salon must occur at least 12 months prior to the application for this distinction. The requirements are:

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  1. At least 40 acceptances from at least 15 different photographs;
  2. The acceptances must come from at least 15 different FIAP patronized salons, and these salons must be from at least 8 different countries; and
  3. At least 4 of the 15 photographs must have gained at least one acceptance as a print.

An applicant will provide 5 digital images to FIAP, each of which must have received at least 3 acceptances from FIAP patronized salons.

The second FIAP distinction for photographic merit is the EFIAP (Excellence FIAP). An applicant may not receive this award until at least 12 months after the date the AFIAP was received. The requirements are:

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  1. At least 250 acceptances (including those identified in the AFIAP) from at least 50 different photographs;
  2. The acceptances must come from at least 30 different FIAP patronized salons, and these salons must be from at least 20 different countries;
  3. At least 12 of the 50 photographs must have gained at least one acceptance as a print; and
  4.  The acceptances must have at least two photographs that have received at least one award each. The awards must be gained in different salons and from different countries.

An applicant will provide 5 digital images to FIAP, each of which must have received at least 3 acceptances from FIAP patronized salons and have received awards for two of the 5 images.

The third to ninth FIAP distinctions for photographic merit make up the EFIAP Levels. An applicant may not receive these awards until at least 12 months after the date the previous award was received.

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For all EFIAP Levels all photographs must not have previously been used for AFIAP or EFIAP distinctions. The requirements are:

  • EFIAP/b  – 200 acceptances  – At least 50 different photographs  –  At least 5 countries
  • EFIAP/s  – 300 acceptances  – At least 100 different photographs  – At least 10 countries
  • EFIAP/g –  500 acceptances –  At least 150 different photographs  – At least 15 countries
  • EFIAP/p  – 700 acceptances  – At least 250 different photographs  – At least 20 countries

To clarify, after receiving EFIAP/b an applicant will need an additional 100 acceptances from to different photographs to qualify for EFIAP/s, and so on.

After EFIAP/p and application may apply for EFIAP Diamond Distinctions. The requirements since obtaining EFIAP/p are:

  • EFIAP Diamond 1  – 50 awards from 15 different photographs in at least 5 countries
  • EFIAP Diamond 2  – 100 awards from 30 different photographs in at least 7 countries
  • EFIAP Diamond 3  – 200 awards from 50 different photographs in at least 10 countries

In addition to the above each applicant will provide digital images to FIAP as follows:

  • EFIAP/b  – 4 photographs awarded in 4 countries and different salons
  • EFIAP/s –  5 photographs awarded in 5 countries and different salons
  • EFIAP/g – 6 photographs awarded in 6 countries and different salons
  • EFIAP/p – 7 photographs awarded in 7 countries and different salons
  • EFIAP Diamond 1 –  5 photographs awarded in 5 countries and different salons
  • EFIAP Diamond 2 – 6 photographs awarded in 6 countries and different salons
  • EFIAP Diamond 3 – 7 photographs awarded in 7 countries and different salons

The awarded photographs required for each of the above are not cumulative and must be different and not resemble or be similar to those submitted in any earlier application.

Applying for FIAP Distinctions

When applying for FIAP distinction you will need to provide a record of your acceptances on an Excel Dossier File in the form provided by FIAP. The current form can be found at https://www.fiap.net/en/services/distinctions-service/more . The information to be provided on the Dossier File includes:

    1. The title for each accepted photograph as it appears in the salon catalogue;
    2. The name of the salon the acceptance was awarded;
    3. The name of the country where the salon was held;
    4. The FIAP number of the salon; and
    5. Whether the acceptance was gained in digital form or print.

It is easier to collect and record your acceptance information as you go along.

CAPA, like other national organizations, is allowed to submit one batch of applications each year. The Liaison Officer collects the applications and the fee charged by FIAP for each applicant and submits all applications in one batch.

FIAP Life Card

Before you can apply for any FIAP distinction you must go to the FIAP web site and create your Personal Profile and request a FIAP Life Card. To obtain a FIAP Life Card go to www.myfiap.net/user/register/fp. When you go to this site you will find a video that explains the process in detail.

Communication

If you are interested in applying for any FIAP distinctions contact David Laronde, the Liaison Office, at davidrlaronde@gmail.com or (604) 787-9576 for further information.