I’ve been shooting, on and off, for just over 30 years and I’ve never even thought of photographic awards or qualifications. However this year I decided to try for a Licentiateship (LIPF) from the Irish Photographic Federation.

From their website the description is as follows:

‘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 in the Licentiateship Handbook.

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.’

So last February I applied for their sitting in September. Once done it was a matter of deciding which images to put forward. 

Fast forward to the 15th September in Carlow and my panel was presented to the seven assessors. After a few minutes of viewing and deliberation I was awarded the Licentiateship. So now on to next year and hopefully an Associateship (AIPF).

Many thanks must go to Fiona, Joanne and Ronnie at RA Calvert for the printing, and Phil at Lurgan Picture Framing for the mounting of my photos. Lastly my thanks also to my wife Aine for her support and encouragement.