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    What do all these terms really mean?

    When one competes at a national level there seem to be various levels of success which I don't really understand such as :-

    APS MENTION

    FIAP ACCEPTANCES

    APS ACCEPTANCES


    What do they really mean? Accepted for what? Mentioned where? I just won a couple and have no idea really what significance they are - Booby prizes? Also-rans ? Not the very bottom but OK ? Not being a very competitive type I haven't really figured out the hierarchy of awards - 1st, 2nd, and 3rd I understand - but these??? Any of you more regular competitors able to enlighten me?

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    Hi Bob, I googled and found this http://www.a-p-s.org.au/index.php/ho...nd-definitions Might be a good starting point I must say, they don't sound like 'bad' things, cheers Deb

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    Excellent! Thanks for that - after 54 views I was beginning to think no-one had any ideas. Normally I Google everything, but I thought I'd find someone here who knew more.

    It's an odd system (to me anyway). As you say, it's not a bad thing, but it also seems a pretty odd system. I'm sure they could have thought of something more obvious or self-explanatory. I often hear of people being chuffed by "acceptances", but it doesn't feel to me like a terribly worthwhile award. Maybe I'm just used to things like 1st, 2nd, 3rd, etc which everyone understands.

    Thanks for that anyway - I'll log that in my leaky memory banks.

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    I dunno Bob, "acceptances" sound good, but a "mention" sounds like you might have committed some misdemeanor, perhaps one sherry too many on club night .

    My (pretty vague) understanding is that each entry in a comp receives points, with only those images receiving over a certain number of points being "accepted" to be displayed. So an acceptance means that you have achieved a certain number of points (as well as others getting to view your work). I guessing, but a "mention" might be like an "honourable mention" where an image is considered quite good but hasn't been given an award?

    Anyway congrats on the achievements (I think )...



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    Quote Originally Posted by fillum View Post
    Anyway congrats on the achievements (I think )...
    Cheers.
    Thanks ... I think that sums it up pretty well. If an "award" is meant to be a good thing, I reckon making it sound valuable is a good idea. If you asked your girlfriend how you rated and she said "acceptable", I don't know that I'd be turning cartwheels!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bobt View Post
    ......., I reckon making it sound valuable is a good idea. If you asked your girlfriend how you rated and she said "acceptable", I don't know that I'd be turning cartwheels!
    Could be better than what she may mention.

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    had me confused.
    i thought APS stood for Australian Psychological Society
    cc and enjoy

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    Quote Originally Posted by mudman View Post
    had me confused.
    i thought APS stood for Australian Psychological Society
    Yeah, well that fits ... I think I must suffer from OCD which to a photographer means "Obsessive Camera Disorder"

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    Quote Originally Posted by bobt View Post
    Thanks ... I think that sums it up pretty well. If an "award" is meant to be a good thing, I reckon making it sound valuable is a good idea. If you asked your girlfriend how you rated and she said "acceptable", I don't know that I'd be turning cartwheels!
    Depends on her body language at the time.

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