** EFIAP Award **

31st May 2014
I have been awarded EFIAP or "Excellence of the Federation Internationale De L'Art Photographique" - which makes me the only Club Photographer in N.Ireland to currently hold the Distinction. In many ways this Distinction epitomises what my photography for the last several Years has been about - entering International Photographic Exhibitions (or 'Salons'), and competing against other photographers from around the World.

In order to achieve EFIAP, I had to have 250+ acceptances from 50+ individual photographs, that had been exhibited in at least 20 different Countries. My work has been exhibited in England, Ireland, Scotland, Germany, Holland, Iran, USA, Serbia, Slovenia, India, Bulgaria, France, Greece, Austria, Wales, Turkey, Luxembourg, Argentina, Taiwan, Belgium, Czech Republic and Italy!

During the process, there were many awards and medals:

'Stephen' - this image was the Grand Prix Winner in Serbia, coming 1st from a total of 11,201 photographs from 692 photographers from 59 different Countries! The image was on the front cover of the Exhibition Catalogue that was sent out to those 692 photographers throughout the World. Trierenberg Gold Medal 2013.
It was also awarded Top Mono print in the Celtic Challenge in Wales 2012 and a Royal Photographic Society Gold Medal in the Edinburgh International 2012. Winner of the inaugural Will McCrum Cup 2013. Top Mono Print Guernsey Salon 2013.

'Subway Muscle' - The only image to win 2 separate FIAP Gold Medals, at Southampton 2012 and the Great Britain Small Print Circuit 2013. It also won a Silver FIAP Medal in Smethwick 2012, and a Silver PSA Medal in Tallaght 2012. Awarded top mono print in the UK Print Championships at Connahs Quay in October 2013.

'One Black One, One White One' - FIAP Gold Medal in Great British Small Print Circuit 2013 and numerous other awards.

'Seana' - PAGB Gold Medal for top mono in the GB Cup 2013. Accepted into the RPS Biennial Exhibition, in the Top 100 prints from over 8,800 entries.

'Moody Hoody' - Gold Medal in Smethwick 2013; Top Mono Print and Gold Medal, Havant 2013. PSA Ribbon Midlands Salon 2013. Retained the Will McCrum Cup for me in 2014.