The Australian Photographic Society (APS), founded on May 12th 1962 in Sydney, was the culmination of several years work by the Australian Photographic Federation. This body was set up by a group of photographers with the express purpose of forming the Australian Photographic Society. The APS is Australia's member body for the Federation Internationale de L’Art Photographique (FIAP), and is active in the international events of this organization.
The APS honours the achievement of excellence in photography by its members. Awards are made at various levels in recognition of photographic skill, exemplary service, motivation, self improvement and artistry. The principal awards for photographic skill are:
- the Youth Licentiate (YLAPS);
- Licentiate (LAPS);
- Associate (AAPS);
- Fellow (FAPS); and
- Masters (MAPS).
These honours can be achieved by the accumulation of points based upon an applicant's success in national or international exhibitions, or by the direct submission of a specified number of images to a panel of senior Society members.
Certificates of Achievement (APS - CA) are also awarded by the Society, but may be obtained only through exhibition successes.
The website of the Australian Photographic Society gives current details of awards and honours, and provides relevant contacts and information on obtaining application forms.