One of the key services provided by the federation is the IPF Distinctions service.
Individual photographers present their work before the distinction judges, who assess whether the applicant should be awarded the relevant distinction applied for.
There are three levels of Distinction, Licentiateship, Associateship and Fellowship.
The Licentiate is the first of these levels and requires a panel of ten images to be presented. The panel may be general subject matter or in a specialist category and must demonstrate competence in key areas of camera skill as outlined by the IPF.
Applicants put forward a panel of ten prints, which are assessed by a panel of experienced photographers. Successful applicants are entitled to use the letters LIPF after their name.
The Associateship is the second of these levels and requires a panel of fifteen images to be presented for assessment. The panel should sit together as a cohesive body of work and demonstrate the applicant’s individuality and sustained ability in photography. Successful applicants are entitled to use the letters AIPF after their name.