The EFIAP Distinction Award

laura lou

I keep getting asked about the FIAP awards so this is a re-post of my original blog from the old wedsite that stopped working.

EFIAP (Excellence FIAP) is the second step on the FIAP distinction hierarchy, and it follows on from the AFIAP (Artist FIAP). It is awarded to “authors who, apart from having an excellent technique and an abundant production, have often been accepted in many international salons under FIAP Patronage “ and I am delighted to say that I have received the notification that I have achieved this award.

EFIAP requires a photographer to have a pretty substantial body of work and to have been actively submitting that work to photographic salons around the world. With the substantial requirements for this distinction, it really is no mean feat to achieve it.

The EFIAP requirements for 2013 were:

  • You must be the holder of the AFIAP Distinction, and have held that for 12 months.
  • You will have gained (including those used for your AFIAP award) at least 150 Acceptances with a total of at least 50 different photographs.
  • This success must have come from at least 30 different salons with FIAP Patronage, and
  • Those salons must be from at least 15 different countries.

I gained my AFIAP in June 2012.

For my submission, I actually listed 36 salons across 23 countries. Now this exceeds the requirements but when you achieve your EFIAP award all the images used in gaining the award are void for any future FIAP distinctions awards. So I listed all the countries and salons they were accepted into, regardless of the fact that the additional salons and countries, don’t really count.

I listed the following 36 salons

 SALONS
Artic Beauty of Face & Body Belgrade Photo Autumn
Bristol Cakovec Carol Pop de Szathmari
DVF-Photocup Edinburgh Exposed
FKNS – Grand Prix GB Small Print Circuit Holland – Circuit
JPS Malmö Malta
Maribor Northern Counties Obsession of Light – Vantaa
Photo Art Circuit Photo Focus Photovacation
Port Talbot Rock SAID Circuit
Smethwick Solway Southampton
Swansea Sydney The Photogram Salon
Trierenberg Super Circuit Tropical image Welsh
Wervicq-Sub With Love to Women Yuanlin

This gave me acceptances in the following countries

COUNTRIES
Austria Australia Bulgaria Croatia
England Estonian France Finland
Germany Holland India Malta
Norway Romania Serbia Scotland
Slovenia Spain Sweden Taiwan
USA Wales Ukraine

The image requirements are again a large step up for AFIAP, and to try and reach the target I adopted the following approach to my salon entries. I always used a couple of new images with every entry I sent off, whilst also submitting a couple of images that had a good acceptance rate to hopefully get the required country acceptance – but of course nothing was ever certain. Once an image had gained an acceptance I ‘parked’ it and then selected another image to try at the next salon.
In the end I listed 60 different works totalling 303 acceptances. Now this is well over the top in terms of the acceptances listed above, but when I started out the requirements were significantly different. At the 2012 FIAP congress, new requirements for the FIAP awards were announced. One of the key ones was a large increase in the number of image acceptances, an increase of 100 on the previous number. So when I started out I was aiming for 250 acceptances and so this was the strategy I adopted.
Half way through the year it was announced that the new requirements would not come into force until the end of 2013.

So perhaps a waste of a lot of image acceptances but if the new targets were in place. I would still have met them.
The images below are my most successful images from 2013 and these had to be submitted on a CD as part of my application.

run like hell!
Run like hell!
hiding from the light
Hiding from the light
laura lou
Laura Lou
blue eyes
Blue eyes
interior leeds corn exhange
Interior Leeds Corn exhange

The Account Is Now Wiped Clean
When going from AFIAP to EFIAP you can count your acceptances that gained you your AFIAP award, however after EFIAP, your account is now wiped clean. The images that you used to obtain the EFIAP can never be used in any future FIAP distinction process. Future awards can only be gained from new images and acceptances after the date of your EFIAP award.
So it’s now looking towards the EFIAP Bronze (75 acceptances, with at least 25 different works and 3 photographs gaining  awards in 3 different countries) and the rest of the EFIAP levels!

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    Petar Sabol

    Hi there!

    I am just in process to fill out EFIAP form.
    I currently have AFIAP distinction and have all required stuff for EFIAP (including 25 prints accepted). But, i also got, since 2012 about 87 different photos and more than 850 acceptances. As this is more than enough for EFIAP new rules, i had to ask: will all these photos be useless for EFIAP/b ?

    Best regards,

    Petar Sabol

    • 2
      Richard

      HI Petar, my understanding of the rules is that any images you have use in your AFIAP and EFIAP awards are wiped clean ie that cannot be used again.
      Its is only acceptance from the date of your EFIAP certificate that count from then on unfortunately.
      Regards
      Richard

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