The Atlanta Photographic Society's Master Photographer Designation recognizes outstanding long-term photographic accomplishments by APS photographers.
"The apprentice sees the subject. The journeyman sees the composition. The master sees the light." - Author Unknown
Goals and Objectives
The goals of the APS Master Photographer Designation are to: identify outstanding long-term photographic accomplishments by APS photographers, recognize accumulated long-term photographic successes, celebrate members’ important contributions to the quality and strength of APS, and reward cumulative photographic achievements over many years by APS photographers.
Additional objectives of the designation are to: provide incentive for members to stick with the club, encourage & reward members who stay with the club long term, and provide recognition for sustained photographic excellence.
The Atlanta Photographic Society's Master Photographer Designation is determined by cumulative competition points encompassing all years of APS membership. This includes Regular & Masters competitions and Presentations.
Master Photographer Designations:
Distinguished Master - 2000 points (equivalent to ~100 1st place ribbons): Master Photographer marked by rare eminence, excellence and distinction.
Master - 1000 points (~50 1st place ribbons): Photographic artist of consummate, superlative and authoritative skill.
Artist - 500 points (~25 1st place ribbons): A person highly skilled in the fine art of photography.
Craftsperson - 250 points (~12 1st place ribbons + 2 HM's): One who creates photographs with skill and dexterity.
Recipients must be a current APS member, and have been a member for at least 3 of the last 5 years.
The initial APS Master Photographer designations were awarded at the 2018 Awards Banquet. These designations are based on competition points from 2007 onward. New Master Photographer Designations will be conferred annually during the APS awards banquet.
(Note: APS has complete records of competition points going back through 2007. BG (Bernd Greulich), who passed away unexpectedly during 2014, probably had some of these records going back further. If you happen to have any annual competition score records before 2007, please get them to Jim Harrison. We would love to have them! This might make it possible to extend the Master Photographer designations further. Thanks!)
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