Best Author – A FIAP Blue Badge
Has it really been three months since my last update on my chase for FIAP distinctions? Unlike my almost daily FIAP updates last year, I have been making a conscious effort not to update my blog every time I pick up acceptances, for fear that it would flood the blog with nothing other than content relating to FIAP salons and distinctions. But I feel my recent success in the PhotoVacation Salon in Bulgaria, was worth shouting out about; which is actually what I did when I found out the news myself This year FIAP introduced a new award called a “Blue Badge” for the best author in any salon and I’m over the moon to have picked up my first one
FIAP Bronze Medal: PhotoVacation, Bulgaria
Salon Gold: Trierenberg, Austria
Salon Gold: Grand Digital Circuit, India
In addition to the Best Author award, my shot “Voyeur” of Madame Bink picked up a FIAP Bronze Medal in the same salon, as well as picking up two other Gold medals, in Trierenberg/Austria and India since my last update But the Best Author award has brought me the most satisfaction this year. It’s rare I enter every category in a salon, so I’m considerably handicapped before the salon judging even begins. So to win the award, having entered only two out of the three categories feels like a big achievement.
Most recently, Brian Hopper from Dundalk Photographic Society and Wesley Law from East Cork Camera Group also picked up Best Author awards, so it’s nice to be in such esteemed company… even if I am playing catch up
The results of the actual salon still aren’t available yet, where only the awards have been announced, so I’m still not sure what other shots were selected. But leaving this salon aside the submissions continue to do well. I’m very close to having had 300 acceptances now across 37 salons in 24 different countries. Counting the Best Author Award, I have picked up 15 awards, 11 of which were medals So it’s a case of so far, so good. I’m also sticking to my policy of entering a new image into every salon I enter, which is really helping me up the counter for accepted works. Hopefully by the end of this year, my goal of having achieved everything I need for the EFIAP/b will be met.