The International Artist FIAP (AFIAP) distinction award – August 2013

Another milestone for me in photography – received the international AFIAP distinction award – just received the good news via our Photography Society of South Africa (PSSA) that FIAP accepted my application for the mentioned distinction.


Just a bit more background information on the organisation and the distinction itself (quoted from the guidelines documents of FIAP):

The Federation Internationale de l’Art Photographique (or International Federation of Photgraphic Art) is an international body made up of photographic federations and associations on five continents. The FIAP is an international federation which affiliates as operational members, the national associations of photography. FIAP counts more than 85 national associations in the five continents and represents the benefits of nearly one million individual photographers.

In order to honour eminent personalities known in the field of photography, the International Federation of Photographic Art (FIAP) has created a few distinctions including the Artist FIAP (AFIAP):• The distinction is awarded for photographic artists known for their artistic work. The final decision whether or not a FIAP distinction is awarded rest with FIAP. Applications for distinctions are examined by a commission consisting of members of the FIAP Directory Board or of eminent personalities designated by the FIAP Directory Board. Decisions are taken without appeal and by simple majority. All FIAP distinctions are awarded for life. Holders of a distinction are allowed to append after
their names the initials corresponding to the distinction(s) they hold.


The distinction “Artist FIAP” (AFIAP) is the first artistic distinction that can be obtained. The candidate for this distinction must (requirements to be met before you can apply for the distinction):

a) Have taken part with success in international salons under FIAP Patronage for at least 1 year; i.e. his first FIAP-recognised acceptance must have occurred at least 1 year ago.
b) Have taken part with success in at least 10 international salons under FIAP Patronage in at least 5 different countries; a Circuit has to be considered as a single salon.
c) Have obtained at least 30 acceptances with at least 10 different works in international salons under FIAP Patronage.


In addition, the application must submit not less than 5 and not more than 10 photographic works of the candidate. All the submitted works must have obtained FIAP salon-recognised acceptances. Here are my 5 images submitted with my application form:



5 Fish eagle in full WFish eagle taking off in full – Chobe RIver, Botswana

Image entered with success in the following three salons:

Salon internacional de Fotografia “Ciudad de Villajoyosa” 2012/230
4th International Salon of Photography “Between the sky and the earth” 2012/217
1st Hungarian Circuit – 2nd Ágens Digital Photo Salon – Kazinbarcika 2012/186




Get awayGet away – Giants Castle, Dralensberg, South Africa

Image entered with success in the following three salons:

119th Toronto International Salon of Photography 2012/214
1st Global Photo Salon 2012/229
1st Digifocus International Digital Salon 2013 2013/034




Aggression 1Hippo aggression – Chobe River, Botswana

Image entered with success in the following three salons:

EUROPA 2012- XII Saló Internacional de Fotografia Digital 2012/101
Le Catalan Salon Photographique International 2012/104
3th Spanish Andorran Iberoamerican Digital Circuit – 14th Mallorca 2012/087




Lioness with fliesLioness with flies – Masai Mara, Kenia

Image entered with success in the following three salons:

12th International DVF – Digital-Foto-Salon 2012 2012/216
4th International Salon of Photography “Between the sky and the earth” 2012/217
100th Southampton International Exhibition 2013/001




Zebra drinkingZebras drinking water – Mokala National Park, Northern Cape, South Africa

Image entered with success in the following three salons:

36th Greater Lynn International Color Exhibition 2012/040
FKNS – Grand prix 2012 2012/066
1st Danube exhibition 2012 2012/076



Message to take home:

Having entered several salons and photographic competitions for the past two years, the sad truth is that great photos don’t always win these competitions or do not even get acceptances in salons. And I have experienced it first hand. One must remember that it is because judges of such competitions/salons are human beings, and they can have vastly different opinions and different tastes. It is definitely a fact that photography is subjective, and just because you think your photo is awesome, and your friends as well as all those strangers/friends on the shared electronic communication media think your photo is awesome, doesn’t mean that a certain MrDrProf Judge is going to agree with you. However, remember, if your photo is technically “correct” and you love it, the image is a success.


Until next time, just keep on shooting and do not worry about judges!!!





  1. #1 by bessie on August 27, 2013 - 8:15 pm

    wow!!! congratulations!!

  2. #2 by michaelsingeltonhaworth on August 28, 2013 - 2:57 am

    Congrats Willem – great accolade!!

  3. #3 by bhargavharge on September 3, 2013 - 8:17 am

    congratulations and please guide me

  4. #4 by Willem on September 26, 2013 - 2:57 am

    Hi Bessie, Michael & BH – thanks for read and the congrats. Much appreciated.

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