There has been a lot of uncertainty about what regulations apply to FIAP Distinctions applications from 2025. This information is being placed here to make it easy to find over the coming year. If there are new updates, these will be added here.


The Proposed New FIAP Distinctions Regulations Have Been Withdrawn

The implementation of the new FIAP Distinctions regulations that were publicised by FIAP in Jan 2021 was postponed enabling them to be discussed and voted upon at the FIAP Congress. The pandemic prevented this Congress from occurring until Dec 2022. When the FIAP Board met the day prior to this Congress, they made the decision to withdraw the new regulations and discussions then took place with the delegates at the Congress regarding the concerns about those regulations and other things that may need to be considered in future regulations.


What Rules Applied to Applications in 2024

The existing FIAP Distinctions Regulations document 011/2016, which is the regulations we have used in recent years applied in full.

The requirement for print acceptances to be included on AFIAP and EFIAP applications resumed as of 1st Jan 2024.

The fee reductions ended at the end of 2023, and the standard FIAP Distinctions application fees and FIAP Card fees applied from 1st Jan 2024.


What Rules Will Apply in the Future

A new set of FIAP Distinctions regulations will be prepared. This will take into account the feedback from the FIAP Liaison Officers at the Congress and further feedback will be sought from FIAP Liaison Officers worldwide. The new version of the regulations will also take into account some other factors that need to be considered, such as the changes to Salon regulations that have resulted from the collaborative work by FIAP and PSA.

We expect these new regulations to be available later in 2024. It is highly likely that some of the features in the withdrawn regulations document will be in the new one.

 As above, the 011/2016 will apply until the end of 2024. There is currently no planned timeline for when the new regulations will be publicised or implemented.


What Should You Do From Now

  1. If you are applying for AFIAP or EFIAP in 2025 or beyond, you should be entering some prints sections in salons to meet the requirement shown in FIAP Doc 011/2016.
  2. Continue to work towards producing new photographic works and seeking to gain at least five acceptances with each of these as encouraging the production of new works and limiting how many results from each photo can be shown on an application is likely to be in the new regulations (this is not certain, but very likely as it was one of the major objectives in the revision of the Distinctions regulations).
  3. Those of you who have saved titles from use on applications are not disadvantaged by the continuation of the old regulations and may still be well prepared for the future depending on details in the new regulations. Don’t lose your records of these past results.
  4. Continue to maintain a good record of your salon results and include a column that indicates which titles have been used on your past FIAP Distinctions applications.
  5. Ensure you always read the FIAP Bulletin in APS e-News. This will keep you up to date on things such as new regulations.