Guide to AIPP APPA Ribbons

AAIPP Ribbon

Associate - AAIPP 
(Yellow)

To achieve the designation of Associate,  Accredited members of the AIPP need to earn 5 merit points within 4 consecutive years by entering the Australian Professional Photography Awards (APPA).

MPHOTOG Ribbon

Master - MPhotog.
(Red)

To achieve the designation of Master of Photography, Accredited members of the AIPP need to earn a further 10 full merit points within 5 consecutive years after achieving the Associate designation.

MPHOTOG-gold-bar Ribbon

Master with Gold Bar - MPhotogI
(Red)

After achieving Master of Photography, for every further 10 full merit points earned within 5 consecutive years the Accredited member is awarded with a gold bar.

GMPHOTOG Ribbon

Grand Master - GMPhotog.
(Black)

The pinnacle of the Institute's award system. To receive the designation of Grand Master of Photography a minimum of 5 MPhotog Gold Bars are required, an accumulation of at least 65 points over a career which must include 5 Gold awards and 10 Silver with Distinction awards, OR alternatively, has accumulated 7 Master Gold Bars with 15 Silver Distinction Awards.

GMPHOTOG-platinum-bar Ribbon

Grand Master with Platinum Bar - GMPhotog I PB
(Black)

After achieving Grand Master of Photography, for every further 25 full merit points earned within 10 consecutive years the member is awarded with a platinum bar.

By entering the AIPP Australian Professional Photography Awards images can earn merit points that accumulate to APPA achievements within the Institute as described above. Only Accredited Members accrue merit points.

The number of merit points received for each print depends on the score.

Merit Points

APPA ACHIEVEMENTS - WHO CAN RECIEVE POINTS?

Accredited Members of AIPP who are fully financial can bank points towards further achievements within the Institute.  There are four types of achievements you can achieve and they follow on from each other consecutively from Associate to Master of Photography through to Grand Master of Photography. You will be allowed to display the letters after your name (post nominals) and receive an achievement ribbon to wear at future AIPP events and awards. You are also given a certificate of attainment for each achievement.

TIME FRAMES FOR EARNING POINTS TOWARDS ACHIEVEMENTS
If you do not achieve the required points for any given achievement within the stipulated time period you will lose the earliest year of points.
Associate: Must be achieved within 4 consecutive years
Master of Photography: Must be achieved within 5 consecutive years
Master of Photography Gold Bars: Must be achieved within 5 consecutive years

For example:
For four years from 2009  – 2012 you achieved only 4 points towards your Associateship. In 2013, the points you earned from 2009 will be dropped from your tally towards Associateship and the points earned at APPA between 2010 – 2013 will be tallied towards your achievement instead.

Please note: APPA points were "frozen" in 2020 in light of the cancellation of the event due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Your merit point tally in 2021 will be as it would have stood at APPA 2020. 

LEFT OVER POINTS FROM ACHIEVEMENTS
If you achieve your Associateship or Master of Photography within the given period and you still have points left over from the tally they will be used towards your next achievement.
For example:
Within 4 years you were awarded 8 points towards your Associateship.
5 of these will be used towards your Associateship. The remaining 3 will be used in your tally towards Master of Photography.

RULE FOR USE OF HALF POINTS
It is also worth noting that you can only use 4 half points towards your Associateship. Any further half points received are not able to be used and half points are not applicable for Master and Grand Master of Photography.

CORRECT TERMINOLOGY FOR APPA ACHIEVEMENTS

AAIPP - Associate

MPhotog – Master of Photography

Gold bars (i.e. MPhotogIV) When written or spoken, Gold Bars should always be used in conjunction with the Master of Photography status and with the number of Gold Bars earned. i.e. MPhotogIV = Master of Photography with 4 gold bars.

Terms such as double, triple (etc) Master cannot be used.

GMPhotog – Grand Master of Photography

Platinum Bars - When written or spoken, Platinum Bars should always be used in conjunction with the Grand Master of Photography status and with the number of Platinum Bars earned. i.e. GMPhotogII = Grand Master of Photography with 2 platinum bars.

Terms such as double, triple (etc) Grand Master cannot be used.

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