The Federation Internationale de L’Art Photographique (FIAP) is an international organisation, formed in 1950 and now based in Luxembourg, whose members are national associations of photographic societies. FIAP have approximately 86 member countries at present. The Scottish Photographic Federation is one of them; therefore all SPF Clubs, and their members, are affiliated to FIAP. PAGB and the Welsh Federation are also members.
Individuals cannot join FIAP, they must join a Federation or Country member such as the SPF, through one of its Clubs.
FIAP co-ordinate a range of activities and services between the National Federations or Countries throughout the year. FIAP's Activities include - Distinctions both Photographic and Service Awards - FIAP Biennials - FIAP Patronages for Salons and Exhibitions - FIAP World Cup Competition for Clubs - Photographer's Card - Audio Visual - FIAP Collections.
Clubs and their members within Scotland must access a number of activities/services via the SPF. In this web area we have tried to direct you to the FIAP website or to the SPF area as appropriate.
The SPF's Contact for FIAP is our FIAP Liaison Officer, Clive Turner.
Visit the FIAP website for more about the organisation (click here)
FIAP Photographic Distinctions are available to individuals who are members of SPF Clubs. Firstly, you must participate in salons with FIAP patronage to gain acceptances. You require to keep a note of all the competitions you have entered. When you have completed the requirement, you can submit an application for the Distinction to FIAP.
All applications for FIAP distinctions must be made through the SPF, who is responsible for checking the information given. You do this through the SPF's FIAP Liaison Officer, Clive Turner. The SPF is only permitted to submit applications to FIAP once a year so please check the timetable.
Full details about FIAP Distinctions and how to apply via the SPF is available from this website (click here)
These are Competitions and Exhibitions, each in a particular medium – Colour Prints, Monochrome Prints, Projected Images, Nature. Within the medium, each country chooses a theme, and the judging includes an assessment of coherence within the theme. Different Countries host each of the Biennials. FIAP Medals and other awards are made to the entrants. Scotland enters Biennials independently of PAGB and WPF.
Go to the following area of this website for more on the SPF's entry to FIAP Biennials (click here)
For full results of all the recent FIAP Biennials visit the FIAP website (click here)
The FIAP World Cup is a world wide projected image competition between camera clubs, organised by FIAP. The FIAP World Cup competitions have been organised annually since 2006. FIAP Medals and Awards are made to Clubs and individual images.
Clubs enter this directly to FIAP, and full Rules and Results are available from the FIAP home page. (click here)
FIAP grants patronage to International Salons and Exhibitions who run their events within the standards laid down by FIAP. Approximately 250 Salons/Exhibitions receive patronage annually, including two in Scotland; The SPF's own Scottish International Salon (click here) and the Edinburgh International (click here) two of the oldest photographic Salons in the world.
FIAP Medals and Ribbons are awarded to successful individuals. Acceptances and Awards for these Exhibtions count towards FIAP Distinctions. A list of all Exhibitions with FIAP Patronage is available from the FIAP website. (click here)