Licentiateship is the first level of qualification within the IPPVA and shows the photographer to be a qualified professional person. It shows a good level of photographic skill and competence.
Judging of Licentiateship is by IPPVA Associates and Fellows.
Applicants will be asked to submit a panel of 20 Images in electronic format emailed to the IPPVA office at firstname.lastname@example.org
The images must have the following specifications - 10" on the longest side at 300dpi JPEG 8. A mixture of disciplines is allowed with the exception of wedding and portrait which cannot have more than 2 images from the same wedding or portrait sitting. Applicants for Licentiateship must submit in ONE of the following categories:
20 Images showing a good cross section of wedding photographs e.g. bride, bride and groom, group, ceremony, indoors and outdoors etc. Note: 3 Images (max from one wedding).
20 images showing a good cross-section of portrait images. Please ensure to include single sitters and groups of two or more. The images may be studio or location images or a mixture of both.
20 images showing a good cross-section of commercial images. Of which no more than 50% may be self-commissioned / personal work.
20 images made up of 4 disciplines of author's choice as follows:
20 images showing a good cross section of any other category not already listed above - e.g. Medical, Forensic, Wildlife, etc.
Images MUST have no photographer/studio name on them; if so, they will automatically be disqualified. Images must be numbered JPEG 1 to 20 as you want them to be presented in the panel.
Associateship is the 2nd level of qualification within the IPPVA and shows the photographer to have a high level of technical ability and a strong photographic style.
A candidate for Associateship MUST hold Licentiateship of the IPPVA for at least two years.
Judging of Associateship is by IPPVA Associates and Fellows.
An Associateship panel is to consist of 20 images in electronic format and on CD; at least 16 inches on the longest side, with the image area being at least 10 inches on the longest side, JPEG 8.
The submission will be judged as two separate panels of 10 images.
A General Practice submission may consist of the first 10 images in the applicants chosen discipline, the second 10 images may consist of 5 images in two other disciplines. (e.g. 10 Wedding 5 portrait 5 commercial etc.)
No written submission is required.
The cost of submission is €50 payable in advance by cheque or credit/debit card. An application form which can be downloaded from our downloads page may accompany submission.
We thank you for your submission for qualification and we wish you every success with your application. Some applications will be successful, some will not. For those who are unsuccessful, a full critique of your submission will be forthcoming and a mentor will be made available to go through your submission on a one to one basis. We encourage all candidates who were unsuccessful to take full advantage of the mentoring process that is in place to help them take their work further. The judging system takes place in private. The results are private and all candidates are contacted privately when the results have been deliberated.
We ask that the integrity of the qualification system, the jury and the IPPA be respected and we urge unsuccessful candidates to refrain from posting any negative comments in the public arena on any of the social networking websites. Whilst this is not a prerequisite for submitting for qualification, it does form part of the ethics of IPPVA's constitution and we expect you to comply in the best interests of the Association and for the good and integrity of Professional Photography in Ireland.
Once a candidate has their Associateship, they may then apply to FEP (The Federation of European Photographers) for the QEP qualification through the IPPVA.
Qualified European Photographer (QEP) is a recognised Pan-European Qualification.
A QEP Panel consists of 12 images. The over-riding concern of QEP (apart from a very high level of technical ability) is whether the photographer shows a particular style and flair in his / her work.
To be eligible to apply for a QEP Master the candidate:
a) must have held a QEP Certificate for at least one year.
b) Have achieved their Fellowship Qualification through their member association.
c) must demonstrate exceptional personality, style and originality.
Currently the IPPA Has 5 members who hold this prestigious title:
Fellowship is the highest level of qualification within the IPPVA. A candidate for fellowship must show that he/she has achieved an extremely high standard of technical expertise, with the creative element of the work being of major importance indicating individuality and flair.
A candidate for Fellowship must hold Associateship of the IPPVA for at least two years.
A submission for Fellowship must consist of 20 prints mounted on 3 or 5mm foam board or foamex in a single discipline or on a single theme.
The candidate is encouraged to submit written evidence to support their panel.
YOU MUST SUBMIT A CD OF YOUR FELLOWSHIP PANEL APPLICATION TOGETHER WITH YOUR 20 PRINTS, TOGETHER WITH A CONTACT SHEET SHOWING HOW YOUR PANEL IS TO BE DISPLAYED.
The cost of submission is €100 payable in advance by cheque or credit/debit card. An application form which must accompany submission can be downloaded from here.