FIAP Distinctions for Photographic Merit

I received notification that my application for the EFIAP/Platinum Distinction level award (EFIAP/p) has been successful. This was great news as it has been a project which I started in 2012. The aim was to see if my images would gain acceptances in international photographic salons around the world.

All these photographic salons are run under the auspices of FIAP (Federation Internationale de L’Art Photographique).

Following on from my successful AFIAP (Artist FIAP) application I gained my EFIAP distinction in 2013 (Excellence FIAP) and each subsequent year since then I have achieved the required acceptance to progress up the levels each year.

I have also managed to pick up a number of awards along the way too, which is always a good feeling.

artistic nude photographer - artistic nude photography - monochrome image the model in using a white posing box she pushing up with her arms at the back of the box and her left foot to lift herself off the box her other leg is lifted and pointed at ninty degress towards the light. which is a single side light to the right hand side of the model.
Richard Spurdens Photography -artistic nude figure study titled: A simple point of the foot – efiap platinum level image

EFIAP/p: Excellence FIAP/Platinum

So a year on from achieving my EFIAP Gold (EFIAP/g), I managed to achieve and pass the requirement required for the EFIAP/p level.

I think it is worth just sharing the requirement for EFIAP/p distinction level. You need to exceed 700 acceptances with at least 250 different works, which have gained acceptances in at least 20 different counties, as well as 7 photographs gaining awards in 7 different counties and different salons.

Hence to achieve this level you need to have a pretty substantial body of work and to have been actively submitting that work to photographic salons around the world.  It really is no mean feat to achieve it.

In my post about achieving my EFIAP Silver, I noted with some regret that FIAP in their wisdom had made major changes to these awards requirements for the following year, which made me question the rationale of continuing to enter international salons.

However later in the year at the FIAP conference, the changes introduced to all the requirements of the awards were revised further, making the requirements sensible again.

So what I have learned along the way with this Project ?

First and foremost you need a good database to keep track of the salons you have entered and your image titles.

Within that database you will also need to keep the record of the FIAP Salon number of the salon you have entered and whether you have entered a Print or a PDI (Projected digital image), together with the year, and the country in which the salon is taking place. If the salon is a circuit you need to record each salon of the circuit and the images entered in each salon making up the circuit.

Upon receiving your results, it is important to check that the titles on the results sheet match your titles, as errors do occur and you need to make sure that the titles that are published in the results are the same as the ones in your database. You also need to record which images have received awards. The check of the awards is done on the image titles against the salon returns to FIAP so they need to match.

You can record lots of other things if you want but those listed above are the main things you will need at the end of the year when you are filling out your application submission.

Image titles are also very important. Make sure you don’t duplicate titles, over a year you can sometimes struggle to think of a title and end up using one that you have already used.  I made that mistake a few times and you can only use the title for one image, so effectively you lose the acceptances you gained from the duplicated title. Also make sure you don’t use the next image in a sequence of images you may have shot as they will be too similar. It is tempting to use another image from a shoot if one has done well. Look carefully at the images you use.

It is important to pick your salons, as you do need a good spread of countries each year. You may be very successful in one country, and it is very tempting to keep entering images in the same area if they do well. You will learn quickly which salons are well run and which to avoid!

If you want to read some of my other blogs about the FIAP distinction trail then the links are below:

 EFIAP2013 and EFIAP/b 2014), EFIAP/s 2015, EFIAP Gold

Here are a few of the images that were part of my EFIAP Platinum application :

landscape photography - landscape photographer - kirkjufell mountain and waterfall
Richard Spurdens Photography – Iceland series
fashion photographer - fashion photography - colour image from a fashion shoot at an old mill location in coppull featuring elegance femine designs
Richard Spurdens Photography – fashion shoot with Jen Brook – Pentax 645Z Lens: FA 645 150mm f/2.8 1/100sec @ F / 2.8
aerial arts photography - aerial arts photographer - aerialist inverted hanging from bue siks
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Lens: EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS 1/125sec @ F / 5.0
travel Photography - travel Photograher - colour image taken a the victorian village a ironbridge interior shot of the candel maker workshop using the back window light showing the machine and candle maker at work in the gloom light of the workshop
Richard Spurdens Photography – the candle makers workshop victorian village iron bridge
portait photography - portrait photographer - model wearing a leather jacket and hold a chain across her shoulder
Richard Spurdens Photography – Canon 5D EF 70-200mm F2.8 L 1/125sec @ F / 6.3
dance photographer - dance photography - colour image of the model wearing a white dress and leaping in the air with one leg pointing vertically down and the other out behind her she is hold a large sweeping brush in her right hand floor has been drop on her from above to make it look like she is sweep up magic dust
Richard Spurdens Photography – Magic dust sweeping EFIAP/ Platinum image – Canon EOS 5D Mark III Lens: EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS 1/125sec @ F / 4.5
Portrait Photography - Portrait Photographer - colour portait head shot image of a subject looking down to the rhs of the image she is place towards the lhs and the light is comeing in from behind her left shoulder and to her right as well
Richard Spurdens Photography – angela hudson by natural light -EFIAP/ Platinum image – Canon EOS 5D Mark III Lens: EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS 1/125sec @ F / 4.5

So having achieved my aim of gaining the EFIAP/Platinum level what is next ?

I plan to keep entering a few of the international salons but I will be very selective in the ones I spend my money on.

I will mainly be focusing in on the ones that have prints sections. I enjoy creating prints and certainly feel that it is important to keep supporting salons that exhibit prints.

Final thoughts:

As I have pursued the FIAP Salons trail I have seen lots of inspiring work; I have met a number of good photographers; and made some new friends. I’ve been lucky to have travelled internationally as both an award winner and also as a judge.

Fine Art Nude Photography - Fine Art Nude Photographer - monochrome composite image of the model elle beth the front image is the model looking down toward the floor with one arm in a triangle and other is up to her face. the second image is larger and faded out more elle is holding one hand to her face and the other is behind her head
Richard Spurdens Photography – thoughts of the one IV Elle Beth – Canon 5D MkIII – 1/125sec @ f / 11.0 EF70-200mm F2.8 L
artistic nude photographer - artistic nude photography - colour image of model lying against a corridor wall with her leg out straight across the corribor her arm is across her chest and she is looking up towards the window light coming in from the rhs. the corridor wall are painted burnt orange and the floor is a light brown orange which goes with her white skin
Richard Spurdens Photography – towards the light ii – efiap platinum level image