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


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APS Honours Panel System

General - The standards set for Licentiateship and Associateship are equivalent to those needed to gain the same Honour under the Exhibition System. FAPS requires the submission of work showing outstanding technique and originality and for MAPS not only outstanding technique but also creativity and personal style.

Images to be Distinctly Different – All images submitted in a Panel application must be distinctly different, in content, from all other images in the submission.


LICENTIATESHIP (LAPS)

  • Be an APS Member, with a joining date prior to the closing date for applications (31st March each year).
  • Submit 12 digital images.
  • Have obtained a minimum of two acceptances earned in a National or International exhibition (as detailed in AEA1). The image(s) used to gain these acceptances may be used in the panel submission.
  • Not fewer than 3 of the panel members must be satisfied that at least 10 of the images submitted are at least of National standard.


ASSOCIATESHIP (AAPS)

  • Be an APS Member, with a joining date prior to the closing date for applications.
  • Submit 25 digital images.
  • Have obtained a minimum of four acceptances earned in a National or International exhibition (as detailed in AEA1). The image(s) used to gain these acceptances may be used in the panel submission.
  • No fewer than three of the panel members must be satisfied that 20 or more of the images submitted are of National or International standard. 
  • At least three of the panel members must be satisfied that five, or more, of the images, are top pictures worthy of awards.
  • In cases where a member applies under the Panel system for AAPS and does not already hold LAPS, the Panel may offer the lower honour of LAPS if in the event that the submission is not considered to be of a sufficient standard to be awarded AAPS provided the requirements for LAPS are met. If the member is being considered for LAPS, in this context, only the first 12 images (AAPS 01 to 12) will be considered a part of the LAPS consideration.


FELLOWSHIP (FAPS)

  • Have been a financial member of APS continuously for a period of at least one year immediately prior to the closing date for applications and must hold AAPS at the time of applying for FAPS.
  • Submit 45 digital images.
  • Have obtained a minimum of eight acceptances earned in an International exhibition (as detailed in AEA1). The image(s) used to gain these acceptances may be used in the panel submission
  • No fewer than four of the panel members must be satisfied that 40 or more of the images submitted are of National or International standards.
  • Not fewer than 4 of the panel members must be satisfied that at least 40 of the images submitted are of International Standard.
  • At least four of the panel members must be satisfied that 10, or more, of the images, are top pictures worthy of awards.


MASTER (MAPS)

For a detailed explanation of requirements please read the APA1.pdf

Note: Before you think about this level read the articles located in the APS Panel Applicants Information area, especially the ones by Bronwen Casey and Phillipa Fredricksen both of whom have attained MAP by Panel.

Mentoring is strongly recommended not just to ensure that your images are of high technical standard with no obvious flaws but also your chosen theme is carefully thought out and your images fit that theme.

This honour is reserved for those photographers who are outstanding in their field. The images in the portfolio must be related and comprise a coherent set where the images harmonise with each other in respect of the contents and the vision of the author. The candidates, on their own initiative, may choose any idea for the portfolio. For example, it may be built on a theme, or a sequence, or can illustrate a story among other ideas. The result needs to be that the folio stands on its own as an expression of the author's ability to evoke emotion, moods, illusions, or any other message. The folio must be submitted in such a way that befits this Honour.

An artist statement that describes the subject and the creative conception of the photographer must accompany the submission together with an appropriate title for the portfolio. Both the cohesiveness and the quality of each individual image in the portfolio will be assessed.

A guideline to the construction of the Artist statement is provided in the APA1.pdf

For approval by the Assessment Panel, a submission must receive at least 4 votes for MAPS.

Applicants must be able to demonstrate their overall ability in either colour or monochrome media. Each submission is to consist of a folio of twenty digital images (all monochrome or all colour). 

Images should be of a high technical standard with no obvious flaws. Emphasis will be placed on the coherency of the theme as well as the aesthetic quality of the images.

RESOURCES:

In the Panel Applicants Information menu, you will find several resources that you can use to assist you.

Applying for Honours via the Panel System by Alfred Zommers GMAPS EFIAP/b

MAPS by Panel - the Challenge by Bronwen Casey. Bronwen Casey attained MAPS by Panel in 2008.

MAPS by Panel - the Journey by Phillipa Fredricksen - her personal MAPS by Panel application process in 2016.

Master of FIAP - an article about the Master of FIAP process by Bronwen Casey - FIAP Liaison Officer for APS.

Links to Portfolio Examples - RPS and PSNZ Honours only go as high as Fellowship but nevertheless will give you some good ideas. FIAP link takes you to Master of FIAP portfolios. MFIAP is of a similar standard to MAPS by Panel.

AV HONOURS


AV-LAPS – Licentiate of APS

REQUIREMENTS: The applicant must:

- must be an APS Member, with a joining date prior to the closing date for applications.

- submit three separate audiovisuals with a total running time of more than 12 and less than 30 minutes.

The quality of the sound tape must be adequate and the applicant must show an understanding of the importance of the dissolve technique, namely that the blending of one slide with another requires careful thought and colour selection. Any subject matter is acceptable but it is not sufficient to show a series of unrelated slides with a pleasant musical background. Each audiovisual must consist of a clear beginning, middle section and conclusion.

AV-AAPS – Associate of APS

REQUIREMENTS: The applicant must:

- must be an APS Member, with a joining date prior to the closing date for applications.

- submit four separate audiovisuals with a total running time of more than 16 and less than 40 minutes.

- One audiovisual must be of award standard.

The applicant must show a high degree of competence in the preparation and presentation of combined sound and visual programmes. Evidence must be provided of the ability to unite recorded sound with sequences of linked visual images to provide a programme for educational, artistic, entertainment or commercial purposes.

The assessment will be made on the basis of the photographic quality of the visual material, the continuity and aptness of the sound accompaniment, and the quality of the sound reproduction.

AV-FAPS – Fellow of APS

REQUIREMENTS: The applicant must:

- have been a financial member of APS continuously for a period of at least the one year immediately prior to the closing date for applications.

- submit eight separate audiovisuals with a total running time of more than 32 and less than 80 minutes.

- Three audiovisuals are to be of award standard.

The applicant must show a distinguished ability or outstanding original work in the preparation and presentation of combined sound and visual programmes produced for educational, artistic, entertainment or commercial purposes. Assessment will be made on the basis of the overall quality of each audiovisual and its ability to convey the story, message or theme in a relevant and artistic manner.

AV-MAPSMaster of APS

a. At least three of the five-member Panel will be internationally distinguished AV creators based overseas.

b. The Applicant must have been a financial member of APS for at least one year immediately prior to the closing date for applications and must hold AV-FAPS at the time of applying for AV-MAPS.

Australian Photographic Society APA1_AV_2022 Audio Visual Honours by Panel 22/8/22

c. No AVs used by the Applicant in prior successful AV Panel or Exhibition Honours may be included in this application.

d. The Applicant must submit between 6 and 9 AVs. No aggregate running time is specified. 

e. A 'Retired AV Titles' list of all AVs used in all prior successful APS AV Honours applications must be submitted with the application.

f. Each Panel member votes on whether they consider that at least 6 of the AVs are of International Award standard.

g. For Panel support, the application must receive at least 4 of the possible 5 panel votes.

The applicant must show a distinguished ability or outstanding original work in the preparation and presentation of combined sound and visual programmes produced for educational, artistic, entertainment or commercial purposes. Assessment will be made on the basis of the overall quality of each audiovisual and its ability to convey the story, message or theme in a relevant and artistic manner.