FIAP Gold In Tallaght
FIAP Acceptance: A Light On The Stairs
My recent bombardment of FIAP salons is really starting to pay off! Only one FIAP salon is held in Ireland and this is hosted by Tallaght Photographic Society, who although are in their 20th year, only this year secured FIAP patronage. So it goes without saying that I was very keen to support the salon by submitting towards it; and I’m very glad that I did Out of my 12 entries, I managed to receive 8 acceptances including a FIAP ribbon and my first FIAP gold medal
Recently, in the 4 star Argentinian salon, I was lucky enough to win a PSA gold medal for the same shot (Red Kayt), but this is my first FIAP gold, so I’m very happy to say the least. Due to the fact that it was a local salon, I managed to find out that I had actually won a medal in advance of the official results being released. I also heard that I had won a FIAP Ribbon, but wasn’t sure until today which shot it was for. I’ve pretty much said it all before about why I enter these salons and talked about the sense of achievement you feel when you do well in one, so I won’t bore you with it again Suffice to say, I continue to be pleased with the success of my images internationally. If anything it spurs me on to create better and stronger images for submission to future salons and competitions.
In terms of the requirements for the FIAP salons and in particular the EFIAP, a photographer is required to have achieved 150 acceptances with 50 different images It’s not until you start down the road of submitting to salons that you realise just how enormous a task this is. I know I’ve already said it & if you’re reading this sentence, you’ve most likely also already have read it, but I’ll say it again… 150 acceptances with 50 different images! Because of this requirement, I made a conscious effort to submit as many different images as I could as opposed to just submitting the same images over and over.
So like the other recently entered salons, what is very pleasing is that 3 of the 8 acceptances were new works and were all from my recent shoot with Madame Bink, so a special thanks goes to her One of them, the one shown above, actually scored a maximum of 15 points out of 15, so was obviously just outside the medals. Thankfully though, I won the medal in that category (colour print), so I don’t feel too bad for taking the medal away from another one of my images.
Whilst I have not yet obtained the AFIAP distinction, I have at this point surpassed the requirements. Unfortunately in Ireland, you can only apply for this distinction once a year and that is in February. So I have a few months left yet before making my application. However, in the mean time my plan is to continue with my regular submissions and hopefully continue to achieve some success with my images.
Right now I’m up to 112 acceptances (38 more needed for EFIAP), from 38 images (12 more needed for EFIAP), across 10 countries (5 more needed) and 15 salons (15 more needed!). So there is still a LOOOONNNNGGG way to go.
For those of you local to Ireland, the exhibition for the Tallaght Salon opens on November 16th, carrying on through to the 26th of that month. There will be a prize giving on the opening night, so I’ll definitely be going along. It would be great to meet some of you there? But even if you can’t make it that night, if you do find yourself in the area with some time on your hand, you really should try and get along to see it.