BPE / FIAP

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COMPETING IN BRITAIN and INTERNATIONALLY

After leaving university at the ripe old age of 66, I joined Beeston Camera Club, where I was introduced to the idea of competing, at three levels – Club, National and International

Club: Camera clubs are a great learning experience for fledgling photographers. As well as visiting speakers and practical evenings, my club has a monthly competition, with four sections, where scores are awarded out of 20 and an overall winner declared at the end of the season.

National: British Photographic Exhibitions is a collection of Camera Clubs who have elected to mount a yearly Salon, where photographers enter photographs to be assessed by a panel of Judges. These can be presented digitally, as prints, or sometimes as a combination of the two. The top photographs are awarded gold, silver and bronze medals, with Ribbons and Certificates for the runners-up. Acceptances into the exhibitions are converted into Distinctions. A full description of how the BPE works is here.

Internationally: There are several international organisations run on similar lines to the BPE, but the only one I enter is the Fédération Internationale de l’Art Photographique. There are probably something like 100 FIAP Salons worldwide, some of which are circuits, comprising of four or five different Salons. “Many salons then hold real-world exhibitions in a public venue to display the images that have won awards for the everyone to view.  Photos that have won awards, commendations or honourable mentions are then sent certificats, small trophies/medals and in rare cases a salon may offer cash prizes.  The rest of the images are either accepted or declined and each photographer is given a report card showing how well they did”. (David Candish gives a brilliant explanation of Salons and how they work)

To date, I have accrued the following distinctions:
BA (Hons) First Class in Photography
ARPS (Associate of the Royal Photographic Society)
EFIAP/Bronze Level (Excellence de la Fédération Internationale de l’Art Photographique)
DPAGB (Distinction of the Photographic Alliance of Great Britain)
BPE5* (Level 4, British Photographic Exhibitions).

2 Comments on “BPE / FIAP

  1. Diane Seddon LRPS CPAGB BPE2* - D Seddon Photography

    I didn’t realise I don’t think that you had so many qualifications. Your photography is just up on another level. I love your work.

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    • Thank you, Diane. You have just reminded me I need to update the post! This past week has brought me news of my BPE5* and my EFIAP/b. Your kind words are much appreciated.

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