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Panel Applicants Introduction

APS Honours Panel System

Panel system is currently under review but any changes will not take effect until 1 year after the review has been completed and is approved by the Management Committee.

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.

Deemed to Satisfy – Members who have exhibited their images may apply for credit for acceptances and awards.

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.


  • you must submit 12 digital images;
  • 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.


  • you must submit 25 digital images;
  • not fewer than 3 of the panel members must be satisfied that at least 20 of the images submitted are at least of National standard;
  • 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 in the event that the submission is not considered to be of a sufficient standard to be awarded AAPS.


  • you must submit 45 digital images;
  • not fewer than 4 of the panel members must be satisfied that at least 40 of the images submitted are of International Standard.


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.

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.


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.