Helen’s Portfolios

Photographic Society of New Zealand Licentiate portfolio

a Licentiateship is awarded for “proficiency of a high order in practical photography.” This means the applicant must demonstrate sound basic technical ability, along with good compositional skill, and awareness of lighting. Proficiency implies skill with the camera and in processing and presenting images.

Photographic Society of New Zealand Associate portfolio

Associate is a significant step up from Licentiate. The successful Associate applicant will exhibit a higher level of skill with the camera and in processing and presenting images.

An Associate should be akin to a one-person exhibition. It must demonstrate not only a higher level of technical of proficiency than a Licentiate, but also appropriate artistic and creative qualities. It may be a diverse portfolio or one that has a theme. A theme is not a requirement.  A high quality of imagery throughout the portfolio is the most important consideration.

Photographic Society of New Zealand Fellowship portfolio

A Fellowship submission must demonstrate outstanding ability and photographic skill, with an individual style and maturity of vision. The letters FPSNZ are intended to denote one who stands in the front rank of photography.

Unlike Licentiate and Associate portfolios, the successful Fellowship submission will usually have a theme – a thesis-like approach to consistent subject matter. A successful Fellowship application will illustrate a freshness of approach, and a themed portfolio is the best way to demonstrate one’s individuality, style, artistry and mastery of the photographic craft.

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