FIAP Explained

FIAP Gold Medals

Most, but not all, of the posts on this blog record my pursuit of accreditation with the Federation Internationale de L’Art Photographique or the International Federation of Photographic Art to you and me – let’s keep it simple and just call it FIAP

Founded in 1950, FIAP is a vast network of approximately 320 Photographic Salons, spread over roughly 92 countries. Each Salon holds a yearly exhibition and invites photographers from all over the world to submit images in the hope of being chosen as part of the exhibition.The number of entries can range from 2500 to 7000 or more, so to get a picture accepted is pretty special. There are gold, silver and bronze medals up for grabs; as well as ribbons and certificates. To get one of these id definitely an Eek! moment.

The first chart shows the different levels that can be achieved and the letters that can be used after the photographer’s name, if so desired. The second chart shows a sample of the acceptances, images and countries needed to acquire the relevant level.

Yes, the record keeping and form filling is as big a nightmare as you might imagine. So, why do it? I can’t answer for the tens of thousand other photographers but for me, it has always been about learning new techniques and the desire to grow into a better photographer. Working my way through all the levels gave me a benchmark to measure myself against and a goal to work towards.

I began competing in 2014 and by 2018 I had achieved Gold. Halfway towards Platinum in 2019, I decided to write a novel and photography took a back seat for a while. The novel is now finished and I felt drawn to make a record of my FIAP journey all the way from AFIAP to EFIAP/Gold.

Who knows? Maybe next year I’ll complete the platinum.

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