FIAP Distinctions

FIAP Photographic Distinctions are available to individuals who are members of SPF Clubs. Firstly, you must participate in salons with FIAP patronage to gain acceptances. A full list of these qualifying Exhibitions (Salons) can be found on the NEW FIAP Patronages website (click here) More about FIAP can be found on their own NEW website (click here)

Remember that our own SPF Scottish International Salon and our member Club Edinburgh Photographic Society's Edinburgh International both count towards these FIAP Distinctions.

You require to keep a note of all the competitions you have entered.

When you have completed the requirement, you can submit an application for the Distinction to FIAP. You require to do this through the SPF's FIAP Liaison Officer. Full details about FIAP Distinctions and how to apply via the SPF is available from this area of this website.

All applications for FIAP distinctions must be made through the SPF, who is responsible for checking the information given. The SPF is only permitted to submit applications to FIAP once a year. Applications may be made to the SPF's FIAP Liaison Officer, Clive Turner, by 1st or 2nd Class mail only between 1st October and 13th January. He will confirm receipt by email within one week.

All applications will be forwarded to FIAP on 15th February. FIAP now require three months to process applications so certificates will be issued mid-May.

If you have any queries on any of the following please contact Clive Turner.

You will find some of the images from successful FIAP Distinction applicants in our gallery section. (Click here) to view AFIAP images. (Click here) to view EFIAP images and (click here) for EFIAP levels (bronze and silver) 

We hope to bring you some of this year's successful applicants very soon.

Applying for a FIAP Distinction

All applications for a FIAP Distinction must be submitted via the Scottish Photographic Federation by applying to the SPF's FIAP Liaison Officer, Clive Turner. Please Note - FIAP will only allow us to submit applications once a year.

Applications for FIAP Distinctions must therefore be submitted to Clive Turner between 1st October 2018 and 13th January 2019. PLEASE SEND ONLY AS FIRST OR SECOND CLASS MAIL. CLIVE WILL CONFIRM RECEIPT BY EMAIL WITHIN 1 WEEK. All applications will be forwarded to FIAP Mid February 2019. FIAP now require 3 months to process the applications so certificates may not be available till mid May.

Applicants at all levels are advised to read the sections in the FIAP Book from page 92 (click here) and comply with these requirements set out in FIAP Document 011/2016 E Sections 8 and 9; and comply with Section 2 if AFIAP; Section 3 if EFIAP; Section 4 if EFIAP levels respectively.

Full details are also available to download below for each of the levels of Distinction.

NEW - There is a change to the way you require to apply for the FIAP (Photographers) Life Card from 1st Jan 2019. As it is a requirement that you hold a FIAP (Photographers) Life Card before you can apply for a FIAP Distinction, please see the NEW details below.

FIAP (Photographers) Life Card Application

The FIAP Life Card is a credit card sized identification document for members. This card serves as an ID card and, unlike the now obsolete ‘Photographer’s Card’, carries a unique ID Number that will stay with you for life. Although having no status outside FIAP, the card can be very useful to show as a photographic credential.

FIAP rules require that the holder of a FIAP distinction must also be the holder of their card. You must also be the holder of one of these cards to attend any FIAP Congress, AGM or FIAP Photo Meeting.

As from 01/01/2019 it will be compulsory for applications for the card to be made by the applicant via the FIAP Platform at (click here) 

When you open this web page there is a video explaining the process in detail. There is a charge of €50, plus postage and PayPal charges (through which, without exception, payment has to be made).

Unless you already hold a FIAP Life Card, you will need to obtain one to make your first application for a distinction. You will therefore have to obtain your card BEFORE you can apply for a FIAP Distinction

If you are already the holder of a FIAP Life Card then, if you wish to have it updated (eg, after receiving a new distinction certificate) you can do so via the above process. In this case there is a charge of €25 plus postage and PayPal charges.

If a card requires replacement after being lost or stolen or requires amendment (eg, change of name) then the charge of €50 plus postage and PayPal charges will apply.

A FIAP Life Card can also be obtained via the above process without applying for a FIAP Distinction

Whilst the new process does not become compulsory until 01/01/2019, it is available now to obtain your new FIAP Life Card. (Revised July 2018)

FIAP 2018 Distinctions Awarded
NoNameClubAward
1Allan DonaldsonPaisley Photographic SocietyAFIAP
2James MoirEdinburgh Photographic SocietyAFIAP
3Kenneth PetersDundee Photographic SocietyAFIAP
4Peter ClarkDundee Photographic SocietyAFIAP
5Robert QuigKilmaurs Photographic ClubAFIAP
6Brian CathieKirkintilloch Camera ClubAFIAP
7Keith ThorburnEdinburgh Photographic SocietyAFIAP
8Alexander BerndtEdinburgh Photographic SocietyEFIAP
9Ian MitchellBon Accord Camera ClubEFIAP
10Cameron ScottCarluke Camera ClubEFIAP
11Kenneth WilkieEastwood Photographic SocietyEFIAP
12Alexandra McOristEdinburgh Photographic SocietyEFIAP
13Norma McDowallPaisley Colour Photographic ClubEFIAP
14Iain McFadyenPaisley Photographic SocietyEFIAP/b
15Eion JohnstonEdinburgh Photographic SocietyEFIAP/g
16John McNairnSt Andrews Photographic SocietyEFIAP/g
17Terry RailleyEdinburgh Photographic SocietyEFIAP/g
18Bill TerranceKilmaurs Photographic ClubEFIAP/p
The 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 their participation 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. In this respect a Circuit is to be considered as a single salon.

Have obtained at least 40 acceptances with at least 15 different works in international salons under FIAP Patronage.

Include in his works a minimum of 4 different works, which have each received at least one acceptance in “Print” salons under FIAP Patronage.

Candidates for AFIAP distinction must submit: A complete application using forms prescribed by FIAP (which can be downloaded below). 5 photographic works of the candidate in form of a digital file. All the submitted works must have obtained 3 FIAP - recognised acceptances in different salons. In this respect a Circuit is considered to be a single salon.

The following procedure must be followed: See separate sheet “Notes to Assist AFIAP Applicants 2019” The full AFIAP Pack is available to download below. Please read the section in the FIAP Book from page 92 on the following link (click here) and comply with these requirements set out in FIAP Document 011/2016 E Sections 2, 8 and 9.

When the AFIAP distinction is awarded, the candidate will receive a diploma and a badge with green enamel.

The 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 following procedure must be followed: See separate sheet “Notes to Assist EFIAP Applicants 2018”. The full EFIAP Pack is available to download below. Please read the section in the FIAP Book from page 92 on the following link (click here) and comply with these requirements set out in FIAP Document 011/2016 E Sections 3, 8 and 9.

When the EFIAP distinction is awarded, the candidate will receive a diploma and a badge with red enamel.

The EFIAP Levels Distinctions

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 to promote photography with their new artistic production, FIAP has instituted seven additional EFIAP levels e.g. EFIAP/b, EFIAP/s, EFIAP/g etc.

The following procedure must be followed: See separate sheet “Notes to Assist EFIAP Levels Applicants 2018”. The full EFIAP Levels Pack is available to download below. Please read the section in the FIAP Book from page 92 on the following link (click here) and comply with these requirements set out in FIAP Document 011/2016 E Sections 4, 8 and 9.

The 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 holder of the EFIAP distinction for at least 3 years, based on the date of the diploma.

The following procedure must be followed: See separate sheet “Notes to Assist MFIAP Applicants 2018”. The full MFIAP Pack is available to download below. Please read the section in the FIAP Book from page 92 on the following link (click here) and comply with these requirements set out in FIAP Document 011/2016 E Sections 5, 8 and 9.

Please contact the SPF's FIAP Liaison Officer, Clive Turner, if you require further advice.

Visit the FIAP website MFIAP area to see photos from photographers from throughout the world awarded MFIAP (click here) 

The following successful Scottish author's MFIAP panels are also available to view on the FIAP website;

To view Robert Fulton's successful MFIAP Panel (2015) (click here)   To view Peter Paterson's successful MFIAP Panel (2015) (click here)   To view Rod Wheelans' successful MFIAP panel (2008) (click here)   To view John Simpson's successful MFIAP panel (2006) (click here)

FIAP 2017 Distinctions Awarded
AuthorClubDistinction
1Alexander BerndtEdinburgh PSAFIAP
2Alexandra McOristEdinburgh PSAFIAP
3Ian MitchellBon Accord CCAFIAP
4Kenneth WilkieEastwood PSAFIAP
5James BlackPaisley Colour PCEFIAP
6Gaille GrayCarluke CCEFIAP
7Andrew HayesBrechin PSEFIAP
8Iain McFadyenPaisley PSEFIAP
9David SadlerDundee PSEFIAP
10Douglas VernimmenEdinburgh PSEFIAP/bronze
11Eion JohnstonEdinburgh PSEFIAP/silver
12John McNairnSt Andrews PSEFIAP/silver
13Terry RailleyEdinburgh PSEFIAP/silver
14Richard BinghamEdinburgh PSEFIAP/gold
15Bill TerranceKilmaurs PSEFIAP/gold
FIAP 2016 Distinctions Awarded
NameClubDistinction
1David SadlerDundee PSAFIAP
2Gaillie GrayCarluke CCAFIAP
3Cameron ScottCarluke CCAFIAP
4Andrew HayesBrechin PSAFIAP
5Iain McFadyenPaisley PSAFIAP
6Moira GardnerKirkcaldy PSEFIAP
7Ken LindsayEastwood PSEFIAP
8Roger HintonBon Accord CCEFIAP
9Karen BerryEdinburgh PSEFIAP
10John McNairnSt Andrews PSEFIAP/b
11Eion JohnstonEdinburgh PSEFIAP/b
12Terry RailleyEdinburgh PSEFIAP/b
13Bill TerrenceKilmaurs PCEFIAP/s
FIAP 2015 Distinctions Awarded
AuthorClubDistinction
1Moira GardnerKirkcaldy PSAFIAP
2Katherine (Kay) MenmuirPerthshire PSAFIAP
3Robert GilmourCowal CCAFIAP
4Roger HintonBon Accord CCAFIAP
5Martin ReidCKPSAFIAP
6James BlackPCPCAFIAP
7Norma McDowallPCPCAFIAP
8John McNairnSt Andrews PSEFIAP
9Eion JohnstonEdinburgh PSEFIAP
10Jimmy MassonEdinburgh PSEFIAP
11Terry RailleyEdinburgh PSEFIAP
12Pat CopnerPatricia CatherineEFIAP
13Nicola ShepherdSt Andrews PSEFIAP
14Bill TerranceKilmaurs PCEFIAP/B
15Clive TurnerPaisley PSEFIAP/B
16Colin StaceyDundee PSEFIAP/B
17Richard BinghamEdinburgh PSEFIAP/S
18Neil ScottEdinburgh PSEFIAP/S
19Robert FultonPCPCMFIAP
20Peter PatersonEdinburgh PSMFIAP