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PSM Photography Contest 2013
DISTINCTION
AWARD OF DISTINCTION

The Award Of Distinction by PSM comprises the PSM Honors - Hon.FPSM, the Fellowship - FPSM and the Associateship - APSM. PSM Distinctions are recognized by the Registrar Of Societies of the Malaysian Government since 1990, and it is well recognized and sought after locally and internationally.
PSM Honors - Hon.FPSM

PSM Honors are awarded in recognition of contributions to the advancement of the arts and sciences of photography within or outside PSM. Such contributions may be of a service nature and/or photographic proficiency and achievements. Since personal achievements alone do not necessary contribute to the advancement of photography, it does not qualify a candidate unless it is combined with substantial elements of service. On the other hand, service may contribute substantially to the advancement of photography, although the candidate's photographic proficiency may be limited. PSM Honors are not recognition of proficiency alone.

PSM Honors (Hon.FPSM) is not open for application, which is occasionally conferred by the Society to members or any other persons who have made distinguished contributions to photography or to the work of the Society.The conferring of Hon.FPSM will be reviewed by the Council Of Award and majority of PSM committee. The nomination of Hon.FPSM must be proposed by a minimum of 2 PSM members.
The Fellowship - FPSM

The Fellowship is awarded for outstanding contributions to the advancement of photography involving a high degree of proficiency and achievement, combined with such elements of service, such as the dissemination of acquired knowledge through lecturing, judging, instructing, publication of articles, papers, etc. Personal achievement alone does not qualify a candidate for this honor. The Fellowship (FPSM) is only open to members who are already Associates or who are Associates or Fellows of the Royal Photographic Society Of Great Britain (those who have the ARPS/FRPS), and denotes distinguished ability in a particular field.

A portfolio of 18 works numbered from 1 to 18 (Black & White or Colour prints, Jpeg files in CDROM) are required. This portfolio must be coherent from its conception to its realisation and presentation. A statement of intent that describes the works and a hanging plan must be accompanied with the application. The statement may be written in English or Mandarin.
The Associateship - APSM

The Associateship is awarded for material contributions to the advancement of photography, resulting primarily from proficiency and achievement. The Associateship is open to members and non members who possess a high degree of proficiency in photography. A portfolio of 12 works numbered from 1 to 12 (black & white or colour prints, Jpeg files in CDROM) are required. This portfolio must be coherent from its conception to its realisation and presentation. A short written statement and a hanging plan must be accompanied with the application. The text may be in English or Mandarin.

Awarding a PSM Distinction is considered in all countries a favour and not a right. All PSM Distinctions are awarded for life. Holders of PSM Distinctions are allowed to append to their name the initials corresponding to the distinction/distinctions they have gained or awarded. In cases where the holder of a PSM Distinction commits a serious offence against PSM or against a national federation affiliated with PSM, , the distinction can be cancelled by the PSM Award Council. No appeal is then possible.
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Successful print panels