We all produce images for different reasons, and it’s good for your images to be seen by others rather than just sitting on your hard drive. So if you read this blog you know that I enter various exhibitions accredited by FIAP. It gives me some motivation to produce more and better images, and I believe and hope I will still have that motivation when I have got to the top of their distinctions ladder.
Well I’m one step closer now as I have been successful in my EFIAP/s (s for silver). To be fair unless your record keeping is very poor or you screw up filling in the form then it’s pretty certain you will get it once you have the required number of acceptances and awards. Here are the images I used in my application, all models shots apart from three wildlife shots. I haven’t taken up wildlife photography, but for some of the exhibitions you paid a fixed fee, so it cost me nothing to enter wildlife images. You’ll probably recognise most of the models and images, but I feel it’s good to put it all on record for others following the FIAP trail, and for me I like seeing the variety of images I have produced in the last year or so.
You also have to have had awards with four different images in four different exhibitions in four different countries, so these were my nominated awarded images:
And also since getting my EFIAP I think the luck of some of my Irish photographer friends had rubbed off onto me, as I’ve won something like 33 gold medals in international exhibitions, the latest one for an exhibition I didn’t even enter, well sort of! Exhibitions have cut off dates for entries, and I am good at cutting it very fine with extremely late entries. Unfortunately for last year’s Salon Mondial in Luxembourg I blew it and my prints arrived after the closing date, but fortunately they said they would keep the prints and enter them into the following years exhibition. I completely forgot about this until I received an email saying that I had won a FIAP Gold medal for my print Gothic Lady of Holly. I think I was extremely fortunate, and a big thanks to Photo Club Esch and Jerry for keeping my prints safe for a year and remembering to enter them. Maybe this is a new winning strategy for me :)
So a big thanks to all the models, to Photo Club Esch and Jerry, and a big thanks especially to Dave Coates who runs the FIAP application service for England, and thoroughly checks all our forms before they are sent off, which is a huge job.