FIAP Biennials

FIAP Biennials are competitions and exhibitions, that are organised on behalf of FIAP (Federation Internationale de l'Art Photographique). They are hosted and run by different Countries around the world under conditions laid out by FIAP.

A competition is run in each of the following mediums every two years; Mono Print, Colour Print, Colour Projected Image, Nature Print and Nature Projected Image. These competitions can see upwards of 500 photographs exhibited. FIAP Medals, Trophies and other awards are presented to the top countries and individuals. Visit the FIAP website for full results and awards from previous FIAP Biennials (click here)

Within each medium, each country chooses its own theme, and puts together a panel of images or prints on that theme aiming to get the entries as coherent as possible. During the competition the panel of entries is given both individual scores for each work, and also a mark for how coherent the panel is. The country with the highest combined score is the winner.

As Scotland is a FIAP member in its own right, it competes separately to the PAGB, as does the Welsh PF who also have their own membership of FIAP. These organisations come together from time to time to co-host FIAP Biennials. The 26th Colour Print Biennial in 2015 is an example of this.

These Biennials count to individual's points when applying for FIAP Distinctions. The also count towards your required SPF Pre-qualification for the PAGB Distinctions.

Colour Print and PDI Biennial 2017 - We Need Your Photos
Call for Images - FIAP Colour Print and PDI Biennials by 31st Jan 17

We need your photos NOW. Do you have photographs that would fit the following themes?

‘Beach Scenes' or ‘Creative Still Life’  Even if you have submitted images for these themes below, there is still time to submit more. We require to match the subject, size and shape of the photos for the panel we submit to get the best coherence marks, so the more images we are given the better the chance of a higher score. We require final images for these themes by 31st January 2017.

The FIAP Biennials are open to all SPF Club members to submit images. If you have any photos that you think might fit any of these themes please send them to Clive Turner, FIAP Liaison Officer. PDIs only in the first instance please (1400x1050 or 1024x768 jpegs - please do not send smaller than this as we cannot properly assess the quality). Full details and some examples are available to download below.

Please note if your photo is selected; A digital file of 2400 pixels on the longest side will be required, or if we use as a Print, a file size capable of printing an A3 Print will be required.

Who Can Enter

Anyone who is a member of an SPF Club is eligible to enter FIAP Biennials. Entries must be submitted to the SPF, who will submit their strongest entry, on their chosen theme from the images received.

Clubs and Individuals cannot submit entries to FIAP themselves. These are competitions between Countries/Federations.

33rd Monochrome Biennial 2016

The 33rd FIAP Monochrome Biennial was Judged in Korea during the 2016 FIAP Congress. The SPF's entry was Environmental Portraits with the theme 'At Work and Rest'. Details of that entry are given below. You can view a gallery of our Mono Biennial Print Entry (click here)

Our entry finished in 12th place out of 48 countries. Full details of the other country positions can be downloaded below. 

Print NoTitleAuthor
1The Tin ManAnne Greiner
2The RecyclerJim Stevenson
3The MachinistJohn Smith
4The Chicken ManClive Turner
5The Radio ManRod Wheelans
6The CobblerRoger Hinton
7The BakerJohn Wilson
8The PrinterPeter Paterson
9The SaddlerLibby Smith
10The SpinnerKen Lindsay
Call for Nature Entries - Postponed

Unfortunately we were unable to make up a coherent panel in any of the three subjects chosen prior to the very tight deadline. We will keep all the images submitted on file, and continue these themes until the entry opens for the next FIAP Nature Biennials.

FIAP NATURE BIENNIALS – Do you have photographs that would fit the following themes?

'Ospreys' or 'Kingfishers' for the Print Entry or 'Bird Behavourial Duos' for the Projected

We apologise for the very short notice of this call for images. Unfortunately FIAP gave very little notice for this Nature Biennial hosted by Serbia. This is open to all SPF Club members to submit images.

If you have any photos that you think might fit the above themes please send them to Clive Turner FIAP Liaison Officer at the details below.  PDIs (Colour) only in the first instance please (1400x1050 or 1024x768 jpegs**) to Clive Turner, FIAP Liaison Officer (click here) Please remember to supply a note of your name and Club please. ** - please do not send smaller than this as we cannot properly assess the quality

All images submitted must conform to the strict Nature Definition (click here)

Please be aware that large files will be required for all images chosen (Longest size minimum 2400 pixels for the PDI entry, and a print size file for those chosen for the print) Hopefully the following will give you some idea of what we mean by the themes we have chosen. We look forward to seeing what you come up with.

Bird Behavourial Duos
26th Colour Print Biennial 2015

2015 saw the SPF, PAGB and WPF jointly hosting the Judging and Exhibition of the 26th FIAP Colour Print Biennial. The Judging took place in June at Smethwick PS's Clubrooms. The Judges were Herbert Gmeiner EFIAP HonEFIAP (FIAP), Bob Moore HonFRPS AFIAP MPAGB HonPAGB (England) and Rod Wheelans FRPS MFIAP MPAGB HonPAGB (Scotland).

A wide range of photography was submitted to the competition by 26 Countries, and it turned out to be a very close fought competition, with Argentina winning by a one point margin, for which they were awarded the FIAP World Cup - Their chosen theme was 'Older Men in their Environment'. PAGB were second and received a FIAP Gold Medal, their theme was 'People in their Environment'; Ireland finished in 3rd place with their panel 'People Creatively' just one point ahead of Scotland in 4th, for which we received a FIAP Bronze Medal.

One of our Scottish authors, Gavin Forrest, Carluke CC, was awarded a FIAP Honourable Mention for his print Pink Dawn. The top individual Award went to Gabriel O'Shaugnessy of Ireland for Ibbs for which he was awarded a FIAP Gold Medal. His top image was used as the base for our exhibition poster; This together with more photographs of the Scottish Exhibition opening in November can be seen below.

The SPF chose the theme 'Winter Landscapes' for its entrya small taster has been given above. All ten of the SPF's Bronze Medal winning entry can be seen in our gallery section (click here) 

26th Colour Print Exhibition at Dumfries
Previous Results

Scotland have won various medals and Hounourable Mentions over the years in FIAP Biennials. Individual Authors have also been successful gaining Awards in their own right. However, our biggest achievement to date was winning the FIAP Van de Wijer Trophy and the FIAP World Cup for our collective results in two years of FIAP Biennials.

You can download a copy of our 2011 Exhibition Catalogue below which shows you some of the photos that were used in that winning entry. A book of our entries is also available to purchase or view from Bob Books 'Scotland - Champions of the World'. We will feature some of our previous successful panels in our gallery section in future months. 

You can view all of the recent FIAP Biennial top Awards and Results at the FIAP website (click here)