National Exhibitions that are approved by APS and International Exhibitions/Salons approved by organisations such as FIAP are run as competitions. The best images from those entered in the competition are selected by a team of judges to be exhibited in a public exhibition. Such selected images are said to have been “Accepted”, or are often referred to as the “Acceptances”.
An image that has been “accepted” by more than one approved exhibition is said to have received multiple acceptances.
An image that has been “accepted” in to at least 2 approved exhibitions is said to have a double acceptance. To claim a double acceptance in an honours application, at least two of the acceptances achieved by the image must be included in the list of verified acceptances.
An “Award” in an approved exhibition/salon is considered to be anything higher than an acceptance. Images are chosen by the judges from among the “Accepted” images to receive awards, eg Medals, placings, trophies, diplomas, judge's choice awards, merits, HCs, HM etc.
Any image that has received one or more awards in approved exhibitions.
It is a requirement that all acceptances and awards claimed for Honours and Distinctions are proven. This is done by means of official salon catalogues. Verification may be done by the relevant Coordinator within the APS Honours Sub Committee or more often by use of one of the designated Verifying Officers around Australia.
Verifying Officer (VO)
Within the Honours system, APS designate certain members around Australia to provide a verification service to applicants. These members will sight the acceptances in the catalogue as provided by the applicant and verify each acceptance and award as correctly shown on the applicants APS Honours or FIAP Distinctions application. This alleviates the need for expense in posting catalogues to the relevant Coordinator within the Honours Sub Committee.
Every approved exhibition is required to produce a “catalogue”. The form in which Catalogues can be produced varies between exhibitions. They are officially produced by the exhibition and may be a large hard cover book, booklet, DVD, downloadable document or website listing depending on the exhibition and the organisation(s) which grant them approval/patronage. Such catalogues must list the accepted and awarded images in the exhibition and may include reproductions of some or all of the images accepted or awarded. The catalogue is an official record of the exhibition/salon and must be retained as the means by which an applicant verifies/proves their results when they wish to apply for APS Honours or FIAP Distinctions via the APS.