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EFIAP: Excellence Federation Internationale de l’Art Photographique

Having gained my AFIAP in May 2011, I decided to carry on and go for my EFIAP.

When I started, the requirements were less onerous than they are today but I gained my EFIAP on 3rd June 2013 with the current requirements rather than those in place at the time.

These are:

  • Hold an AFIAP
  • at least 250 acceptances (including those gained at AFIAP) from
  • 50 different works in
  • 30 different salons in
  • 20 different countries
  • At least 10% of the minimum number of the acceptances required (i.e. 25) must have been gained with prints as opposed to projected images.

The images in my successful submission are shown below. They are in addition to those submitted for my AFIAP


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AFIAP: Artiste Federation Internationale de l’Art Photographique

Having been awarded my RPS Licentiateship for a panel consisting entirely of images of people and my RPS Associateship for a panel deliberately consisting entirely of images with no people in them, I decided to return to my favourite subject and started taking images of people again.

My aim was to take candid shots which tell a story and I  wanted to create images with an ‘artistic’ feel to them which could be considered as ‘Visual Art’ images.

I also decided to enter International Salons and Exhibitions as a way to improve my photography as I felt that the discipline of entering these on a regular basis would help to prevent it drifting and falling down my priority list.

I like to have something to aim at so I also decided to work towards an international distinction, the AFIAP.

The AFIAP (Artiste Federation Internationale de l’Art Photographique (The International Federation of Photographic Art)) required*:

at least 30 (40) acceptances from

10 (15) different works in

10 (15) different salons

in 5 (8) different countries.

*figures in brackets are the current requirements

It all sounded very daunting when I started but it wasn’t as difficult as I feared.

I got my first acceptance on 17th Oct. 2009 and I was awarded the distinction on 30th May 2011.

The images in my successful submission are shown below:







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This image was taken in a Shoe Shop in New York during our visit there over Christmas 2012. The shop assistant who was helping us went up the escalator to find another pair of shoes. When she came down again, the escalator was empty except for her and I quickly took the shot.

I really liked the symmetry, so I cropped the image to a square format to emphasise it.

Following Lens Correction and Transform layers to straighten it all up, I used a Nik Film Efex Vintage 11 filter to give the look I wanted. This was followed by a series of Viveza, Clone, and Paint layers to adjust the lighting to the way I wanted it and to remove distractions. Darken / Lighten centre was the used to make final adjustments to the lighting and, finally the image was sharpened using the Photoshop High Pass Filter.

The image has been accepted in the  Welsh International Salon (2013) and the South Devon Salon of International Photography (2013)

Nikon D800, 28mm Nikkor Prime lens, ISO 500, f/1.8, 1/125 sec



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The Lady in White


The Lady in White


This image was taken at Bryant Park in New York on Christmas Day 2012.

I was taking some candid shots of people skating when I noticed the “Lady in White”. She stood out from the crowd and I just had to try to capture the scene.

Post processing consisted of cropping to my current favourite square format followed by a number of adjustments in Photoshop using both standard Photoshop filters and Nik Filters, notably, Glamour Glow, Darken/Lighten Centre, Viveza, Dark Contrasts, Colourise. All designed to give the atmosphere I wanted in the background and to make her stand out.

It has had 5 International acceptances, including the 2013 Edinburgh International Exhibition and the 2013 Welsh International Salon.

Nikon D800, 28mm Nikkor Prime lens, ISO 1800, f/4.5, 1/200 sec


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Associateship of the Royal Photographic Society


The second level of The Society’s Distinctions is the Associateship and it is a significant step up from Licentiateship. Candidates need to demonstrate a high standard of technical competence, creative ability and a personal style. The RPS also looks for complete control of the technical aspects of photography. It is awarded in particular categories.

See the RPS Distinctions Page  for more details.

Following the award my LRPS on 28th February 2008, I submitted a panel of 15 images for my Associateship on 19th June 2009.

In addition to the images and hanging plan, a Statement of Intent is required. The hanging plan, Statement of Intent and images in my successful Visual Art panel are displayed below:




































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