Honours & Distinctions
For Photographic achievement through the exhibition & panel systems.

What assessors will be looking for in the different levels

 

BRONZE

  • Satisfactory concept/artist statement
  • Process of development
  • Willingness to accept feedback and act on that feedback or justify why you want to do it your way.
  • Images that reflect the concept
  • Recognized effort in achieving outcome
  • Concept and Artist Statements should be no more than a half page each.
  • There is no restriction on the number of images, depending on your presentation, but it is suggested that there be a minimum of 12 images.
  • For AVs at all levels, the number of images required will be decided in consultation with the mentor. The time should be 2-3., minutes for the Bronze level.
  • Copyright acknowledgement (if relevant). Please note that all music used in a presentation must be royalty free or the Applicant has obtained the written right to use that music. This is so that the presentation can be shown on the APS web site and at any public gathering.
  • Please briefly document your process and progress so that the assessors have an insight into any difficulties/problems that you have overcome and state what you have learnt from this process (no more than half a page).
  • Please ask your mentor to add a few words about your willingness to accept feedback and your effort to achieving your desired outcome (up to half a page).

SILVER

  • Good concept that has evidence of research/investigation, some justification of outcome (half a page).
  • Willingness to accept feedback and make changes during progress or justify why they want to do it their way
  • A strong unified body of work that addresses the concept
  • Ability to make decisions over final outcome/presentation
  • Recognized effort in achieving outcome
  • Artist statement which addresses the work in a professional way, including references to other artists who influenced ideas (half a page).
  • There is no restriction on the number of images, depending on your presentation, but it is suggested that there be a minimum of 14 images.
  • For AVs at all levels, the number of images required will be decided in consultation with the mentor. The time should be at least 3 minutes for this level. (no more).
  • Copyright acknowledgement. Please note that all music used in a presentation must be royalty free or the Applicant has obtained the written right to use that music. This is so that the presentation can be shown on the APS web site and at any public gathering.
  • Please briefly document your process and progress so that the assessors have an insight into any difficulties/problems that you have overcome and state what you have learnt from this process (no more than half a page).
  • Please ask your mentor to add a few words about your willingness to accept feedback and your effort to achieving your desired outcome (up to half a page).

GOLD

  • The idea or concept behind the work has to be strong and meaningful for the creator and well developed in a unique and creatively personalized manner.  It should also show evidence of research and the outcome justified (150 - 500 words).
  • Strong unified body of work that goes beyond literal
  • Ability to create work with a viewer in mind
  • Work that invokes emotion, memory, questions or challenges for the viewer
  • Evidence of a relationship between each image within a solid body of work
  • Strong artist statement that describes the work within a maximum of 150 - 500 words.
  • Ability to rationalise images according to outcome to achieve a very strong presentation.
  • There is no restriction on the number of images, depending on your presentation, but it is suggested that there be a minimum of 15 images.
  • For AVs the time should be 3-4 minutes for this level (no more).
  • Copyright acknowledgement. Please note that all music used in a presentation must be royalty free or the Applicant has obtained the written right to use that music. This is so that the presentation can be shown on the APS web site and at any public gathering.
  • The files will be sent straight to the Assessors by the chairperson, via “We Transfer”.
  • For Applicants presenting a print or 3D portfolio, if there are Assessors living in your vicinity, you may be required to either transport your work to the Assessors or arrange for the Assessors to come to view them at your home. If there are no assessors living near you it is now acceptable for you to upload your presentation as a booklet or PDF, then arrange with the allotted assessors to do a piece by piece FaceTime or Skype examination of your portfolio. The Assessor will ask you to move in closer, to compare your hand or body to the work to gauge the size of the work and so on.
  • Please briefly document your process and progress so that the assessors have an insight into any difficulties/problems that you have overcome and state what you have learnt from this process (half to one page).
  • Please ask your mentor to add a few words about your willingness to accept feedback and your effort to achieving your desired outcome (up to half a page).

PLATINUM

  • The idea or concept behind the work has to be strong and meaningful for the creator and well developed in a unique and creatively personalized manner.  
  • It should also show evidence of research and the outcome justified.
  • The Assessors will expect to see a presentation of a high standard
  • The Portfolio needs to be ready as for a solo Exhibition in a gallery with 12-15 major works that relate to each other with at least 10 matted prints (2D or 3D) or a visual projection or sound projection or combinations of images & sound, or sculptures with some kind of projection. The Portfolio can also be a combination of the aforementioned.
  • While this portfolio can include works from previous levels (to provide relevance for your Platinum level), it also needs to have at least 12-15 NEW images. It is the overall presentation of the new images that will be assessed first then the overall content will be taken into account.
  • For AVs the time should be 3-5 minutes for this level (no more). Copyright acknowledgement.: Please note that all music used in a presentation must be royalty free or the Applicant has obtained the written right to use that music. This is so that the presentation can be shown on the APS web site and at any public gathering.
  • For Applicants presenting a print or 3D portfolio, if there are Assessors living in your vicinity, you may be required to either transport your work to the Assessors (at your expense) or arrange for the Assessors to come to view them at your home. If there are no assessors living near you it is now acceptable for you to upload your presentation as a booklet or PDF, then arrange with the allotted assessors to do a piece- by-piece FaceTime or Skype examination of your portfolio. The Assessor will ask you to move in closer, to compare your hand or body to the work to gauge the size of the work and so on.
  • The digital files will be sent via “We Transfer” to the chairperson who will then send them onto the 3 Assessors.

 

AN ITEMISED LIST OF WHAT YOU NEED

  1. A Concept Statement of approximately 150 - 500 words
  2. An Artist Statement of approximately 150 - 500 words
  3. An Artist Biography of approximately 150 words
  4. A statement from your mentor: Approximately half a page
  5. At least 5 references to other works/artists that have influenced or inspired you with the preparation of this present portfolio.
  6. Please briefly document your process and progress so that the assessors have an insight into any difficulties/problems that you have overcome and state what you have learnt from this process (at least one page).
  7. It would be to your advantage if at least 10 works could be printed and matted, with information on the back and must be prepared as though for sale
  8. The Applicant should devise an advertisement for the imagined or real exhibition.
  9. The Applicant should devise a catalogue showing the works and (a) the artist statements for each item if they are separate OR (b) one Artist Statement if the work is an installation.