The AFIAP and EFIAP distinctions are gained through acceptances and awards at international competitions (salons). Further advancement can also be gained through the EFIAP levels. These EFIAP Levels are the EFIAP Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum, Diamond 1, Diamond 2 and Diamond 3. A photographer gains each in turn starting with Bronze and completing with Diamond 3. The Bronze may be applied for after holding the EFIAP distinction for a period of one year. A photographer must hold the previous level for at least one year before applying for the next level. The application fee for each level of distinction (with exception of MFIAP) is €50. There is also a €5 administration charge by the IPF to cover costs.
The IPF forwards distinction applications to FIAP once per year and the final date for receipt of applications must be made to the IPF FIAP Liaison officer (details below) by the 28th of February each year. Results of applications are then advised by FIAP to the liaison officer within 3 months of receipt of the IPF applications.
The MFIAP (Master) is a separate distinction to the AFIAP and EFIAP (and levels). Any photographer who has a FIAP Life Card and who has held the EFIAP for a minimum of three years is eligible to apply for an MFIAP.
The MFIAP application is made by submitting a set of 20 prints with an accompanying Photographic CV of the photographer. The adjudication for MFIAP takes place once each year and is carried out the the FIAP Directory Board. The closing date for submission to the FIAP Liaison officer is 31 December each year. Anyone contemplating applying for the MFIAP should contact the FIAP Liaison Officer for more information. The fee for MFIAP applications is €135 (including €35 to cover administration/postage etc).
The MFIAP distinction is awarded to a very small number of photographers worldwide each year.
FIAP Liaison Officer
The FIAP Liaison Officer for Ireland is Paul Stanley FIPF EFIAP/b EsFIAP from Dublin Camera Club. All applications for FIAP membership and for FIAP distinctions must be made to him at :
8 Elmfield Grove
Paul can also be reached via ‘FIAP Distinctions’ Dropdown menu on our contact page.
Part of the process of applying for an FIAP distinction is for the photographer to also apply for a FIAP Photographer’s Card. This is a life time card and must be applied for before applying for your first distinction – the AFIAP.
FIAP now requires that anyone who applies for the AFIAP distinction MUST already be a holder of a FIAP Life Card. This card must be applied for BEFORE applying for the AFIAP distinction and can be done on the FIAP website.
If you already hold an AFIAP distinction and wish to have a new FIAP Life Card to reflect your new distinction, then you can apply via the FIAP website AFTER you have your new distinction Certificate and Pin.
The photographer must include the number from their Life Card on all applications for FIAP distinctions.
For more details on how you can apply for a Life Card, please download this document:
Following the National Council meeting of the 23rd of June, 2012, prospective applicants should also note that additional National qualifying images at IPF/Irish events are also required. In order to qualify for AFIAP Distinction, IPF members will have to achieve 4 qualifiers at Irish events. The qualifying events are as follows:
- IPF Print and Projected Image Finals (image scoring in top 35%)
- IPF Nature Finals (image scoring in top 35%)
- An Oige Open Competition (accepted for exhibition)
- Tallaght International Salon (accepted for exhibition)
- Cork International Salon (accepted for exhibition)
- SACC Creative Photography Competition (image scoring in top 35%)
All FIAP application forms need to be completed and forwarded to Paul Stanley, IPF Liaison Officer, on or before the 28th of February 2019, by email and hard copy. Please contact Paul for more information and to register your application. For the purposes of avoiding spam mails, we no longer publish email addresses, so please go to our contact page and select ‘FIAP Distinctions’ from the dropdown menu to get in touch with Paul.
New Information January 2019
Please note there are some changes in the application forms for Distinctions in 2019. The new application form for 2019 AFIAP/EFIAP and EFIAP Levels can be downloaded by clicking here: DistAENiv-Form-EN 2019
These changes are necessary for the new GDPR law in Europe. The changes are on the page B (and page B for Minors). The signature on all the pages must be the original, no scans are allowed. On the page A the changes are the input of the titles of the submitted images and also the FP (FIAP Photographer) number. Everybody starting from January 2019 must have this number. To get this number you must register yourself on the platform on https://www.myfiap.net/.
Application Forms & Documentation
Frequently Asked Questions
We’ve prepared a separate section on our website to deal with the most common queries we receive in relation to FIAP distinction applications. Please take a look at this section and if you can’t find the answer to your query, please go to our contact page and select ‘FIAP Distinctions’ from dropdown menu to get in touch with Paul.
Fees & Payment
All applicants applying via the IPF need to use the online payment system below. With the ever increasing number of applications being received, this system helps us track applications more efficiently. Based on your selections, it will calculate cost due and will take you to payment page when you press the submit button at the end of the form.
MFIAP applications are accepted from October 1st until December 21st. Click here to submit your details and pay for MFIAP application.
For all other FIAP levels, applications are accepted from November 1st until February 28th. Click here to submit your details and pay for your FIAP Distinction application.