THE PSNZ HONOURS system was first introduced in 1972. An extract from the first minutes stated:
The PSNZ Honours are awarded in recognition of contributions to the advancement of the art and science of photography.
Such contributions take many forms, which may be divided into those principally from: The PSNZ Service Awards will be covered in a later article.
The Honours system is one of the significant benefits PSNZ offers its members and members of its affiliated photography clubs and societies.
The system provides an independent, objective assessment of skill, ลาวสามัคคี วีไอพี
recognising different levels of photographic competence and achievement.
It provides club members with worthwhile goals to work towards and recognition.
Over the years, the PSNZ Honours system has been devised and revised to make applicants think very clearly about the level of the project that they are undertaking.
At each level, Licentiate (LPSNZ), Associate (APSNZ) and Fellowship (FPSNZ),
a successful portfolio needs to be carefully “planned, photographed and assembled for final presentation”.
Each level pushes an applicant to a greater extent and stretches their capabilities and thought processes.
This is why the PSNZ has retained a portfolio-based system and not adapted a points-per-image system as adopted by some countries.
This can also lead to results that are sometimes controversial, because there is a more personal input to portfolios and the bodies of work presented;
they speak to the six assessors on the board in different ways, especially at the higher Associate and Fellowship levels.
The Honours system is as much about an applicant’s personal photographic development, as it about gaining letters to put after one’s name. PSNZ Honours are not earned by quality images alone.
The Honours Board requires images to be submitted as a portfolio, often described as “a photographic work in which the total has greater value than the sum of the individual parts”.
The guidelines include a section on portfolio arrangement where prints are said to need to hang together, or flow (digital).
A simple explanation is that the viewer’s eyes should be able to travel comfortably from one image to the next.
This can be achieved by the use of colour, tone, composition, subject matter etc.
in some way that “links” each image to the one that follows.
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