The core aims of SAPP is to qualify and support professional photographers to foster, develop, and uplift the image, skills, morale and welfare and professionalism of professional photographers in Southern Africa.
We will promote and encourage co-operation among professional photographers on a national and international level
We are a non-profit organization, run by photographers, in conjunction with a small Head Office team. Our Advisory Boards, Board of Directors and all Regional Committees are run by volunteers, who give their time freely.
Recognized across the world as a benchmark of excellence, our tiered qualification structure offers photographers continual professional development,
our standards are being set up in conjunction with similar organizations from around the world.
There are three qualifications, each reflecting increasing levels of experience, skill and achievement.
Entry level qualification, showing an established professional level of skill and competence
A high standard of photography and creative ability
Attainable for distinguished and exceptional ability and creativity
All the above are judged by a highly selected group of judges.
We strongly recommend candidates seek guidance on preparing their submission from one of our approved Assessors at a Portfolio Review within your region.
Ordinary Member this member has been awarded membership but still needs to aspire to the level of Licentiate, you will not be afforded the right to use our logo on your website, stationary or vehicles.
Candidates need to decide the category of photography they wish to submit, complete a submission form and submit a panel of images or website url alongside supporting evidence. This work is reviewed by a panel of assessors.
Assessment dates are set twice times a year for the end of May and end of October.
If you’re interested in gaining a professional qualification, please contact u
THE Associate & Fellowship introduction.
Welcome to the Distinctions of SAPP
Applicants must be paid up members and in good standing.
Assessment dates are set twice times a year for the end of May and end of October, your applications must be sent to the head of your region and to our head office.
This info has been produced to help you work towards a successful Distinction application.
The SAPP are recognized as some of the most prestigious in the photographic world. The Associate is the second level of SAPP distinctions and is a significant step up from the first level, the Licentiate. While in the Licentiate we are looking for a basic competence and skill, to be successful at Associate level you need to provide evidence of creative ability and the development of a personal style. You also need to be able to show that you are in complete control of the technical aspects which allows you to produce quality which is entirely ‘fit for purpose’ i.e. it suits the subject. Your photography should be consistent and make a statement of a strong personal style. A high standard of presentation is expected.
When you are awarded the Associate you are entitled to use the letters ASAPP after your name and you will receive a certificate under the Seal of SAPP.
This can be applied for if you have been a member of SAPP for two years, if you were previously a member of PPSA this will count.
Presentation should be of the highest standard.
There should be no repetition of images. (As a general rule more than two similar images will be unacceptable.)
Projected images should be sequenced to their best advantage.
No less than 15 different images / projects must be supplied including Wide angle, Close up, Landscape, Portrait, Daylight, Night, Flash and Artificial light.
Post production must be done by the applicant
A competent understanding of composition, design and form should be demonstrated to communicate the purpose of the work.
Appropriate lighting and viewpoint must be evident.
The portfolio of work should be visually balanced and sequenced.
The images should support each other in expressing the photographer’s message.
There should be adequate evidence of originality in presenting the subject.
The portfolio should show evidence of personal engagement with the subjects.
Use of appropriate equipment and camera controls should be evident.
Image exposure should be consistent in contrast and/or colour balance.
Highlight and shadow detail should be adequately recorded.
Images should be adequately sharp.
The work should demonstrate appropriate control in the preparation of images. aware of the criteria required as well as the practical aspects of applying for a Distinction.
Your submission should demonstrate that:
i) you are able to produce consistently sharp and correctly exposed pictures, with image sizes appropriate to the subjects being shown;
ii) you have the ability to control depth of field in such a way that all your images have backgrounds appropriate to the type of subject being shown; whether that subject is being depicted in close-up or within the wider context of a particular habitat
iii) you have a good understanding of how to use light effectively, whether natural or artificial.
iv) if flash is used, it has been used discreetly, sympathetically and in a manner which is completely in keeping with the subject, avoiding areas of heavy shadow or excessive contrast. .
Minimum of 25 different images / projects must be supplied including wide angle, close up, landscape, portrait, daylight, night, flash and artificial light.When you apply for the Associatship or Fellowship in Stills photography you need to submit your work in one of the following categories:
Advertising, Architectural, Industrial, Commercial, Fine Art, Wedding, Portraiture, Landscape, Press, Photo journalism, Fashion, Editorial, Wildlife, Documentary, Medical, Police, Aerial, Underwater, Environment,
DIGITAL IMAGES MUST BE SUBMITTED.
Please ensure that your images comply with the following requirements as your submission will not be viewed prior to the assessment. If, therefore, there is any problem projecting your images, your portfolio will not be assessed.
What you should do:
Submit digital images
Jpeg format, saved at the highest quality
Images should be in RGB mode (even for monochrome images), and in the sRGB colour space.
The image size can be no larger than 1400 pixels wide and 1050 pixels high, with one dimension (width or height) at its maximum. (Therefore, images in landscape format will be 1400 pixels wide and up to 1050 pixels high; images in portrait format will be up to 1050 pixels wide, and will be 1050 pixels high.). The dpi setting of the image is not relevant.
Please name your files using two digit numbers: 01, 02, 03 ... to 15 so that they sort for projection.
Please do not use your name or a title: these will be removed and replaced by the two digit format.
You will be able to upload your images to us, we are in the process of setting up a cloud server for this.
What you are advised to do:
It cannot be emphasised too strongly that your monitor should be calibrated correctly.
Recommended Applicants: A list of all the recommended applicants will be posted on the website .
Non Recommended Applicants: Unfortunately not everyone can be recommended. Normally within seven working days of the assessment, all non-recommended applicants will receive a feedback letter giving the panel’s reason for their decision.
How to Decide which category
Sometimes applicants find it difficult to decide on a category or categories they should go for; and in fact some types of photography might be submitted to more than one Panel. We do not have many photographers that specialize in one category, possibly weddings only.
The main thing to consider is the purpose for which the photographs were taken - what are the photographs intended to show?
Think about what you are going to say in your statement.
Intention Most suitable category
Is your work creative, pictorial, artistic? Visual Art
Do you have a purposeful message that you wish your images/presentation to convey.
Is your work taken for publication or other commercial purpose?
Is there a clearly defined end use or application, not necessarily commercial?
Minimum of 25 different images / projects must be supplied including wide angle, close up, landscape, portrait, daylight, Night, flash and artificial light.
The Associate SAPP is a high distinction and, as such, makes a statement about you and your achievement. As a Associate, you have a continuing commitment to maintain the highest level of photographic excellence as well as conducting your photography to the highest ethical standard. You can apply for this two years after receiving your Licentiate award. ( If you were a Licentiate member of PPSA your membership period will be taken into account )
In general, work submitted for Licentiate must achieve a high level of excellence. It will also represent a significant contribution to the comprehension of photography. Your submission will reveal an individual style and display originality, either in its methodology or in the material discovered, or in both.
Minimum of 25 different images / projects must be supplied including wide angle, close up, landscape, portrait, daylight, Night, flash and artificial light.
The Fellowship SAPP highest distinction and, as such, makes a statement about you and your achievement. As a Fellow, you have a continuing commitment to maintain the highest level of photographic excellence as well as conducting your photography to the highest ethical standard. You can apply for this three years after receiving your Associate award. ( If you were a Licentiate member of PPSA your membership period will be taken into account )
In general, work submitted for Fellowship must achieve a high level of excellence. It will also represent a significant contribution to the comprehension of photography. Your submission will reveal an individual style and display originality, either in its methodology or in the material discovered, or in both.Applicants applying for Fellowship status must present a written resume/auto biography of their photography career. Including acquisition of tuition, establishment of recognition in the industry, involvement in contributions to the industry and relevant highlights, such as exhibitions, presentations or any other significant events. The applicant may commission another person to prepare a resume on their behalf.
THE PANEL MEMBERS
At each assessment there are usually 5 Panel members and a Chairperson (the minimum requirement for a quorum is 4). Panel members are normally appointed every two years, All are Fellows of SAPP (Associate members may serve on the Licentiate Panel) and have been chosen for their experience and for their ability to assess, regardless of their own personal taste.
If the applicant is accepted in either ASAPP or FSAPP they will be advised by the chairperson in writing.
If the applicant is not accepted in either ASAPP or FSAPP they will be advised in writing and a reason for the decision will be given.
The panels decision will be final and no further correspondence will be accepted from the applicant.
You must complete an Associate or Fellowship application form which can be downloaded from the website .
This should be sent to
The files should be uploaded to drop box or a similar system, the link should be forwarded to
You will be invoiced two weeks before judging takes place.
You may submit more than one application, but a separate fee and form must be submitted for each one.
The fees per Associate application = R500.00
The fee per Fellowship application = R900.00
Please open a Drop Box account and when completing your upload.
send the link to Ian Fleming
To be a member, a qualified Professional Photographer must be consistently producing work of a high quality with a good track record and practices with integrity and professionalism in the photographic industry. Unless the photographer meets and/or exceeds these high standards and expectations, he/she will not be accepted as a member.
SAPP Membership is open to professional photographers and persons and/or organizations associated with the field of professional photography.
Membership is based on the following criteria:
Minimum of 4 years’ experience with 70% or more of income derived from photography.
All photographers joining SAPP will join at the level of Licentiate, however photographers joining from other professional affiliated bodies will come over on the level achieved with that group.
Please note that SAPP is only open to full time professional photographers that have a registered photographic business,
by that we mean CC, sole proprietor or (Pty) LTD
You need to fill in the application on JOIN & upload your portfolio on the link below, good luck.
Full time working professionals R400.00 PA - plus a once of administration fee of R250.00
Students in training R200.00 PA - plus a once off administration fee of R250.00
Importers and agents POA - plus a once off administration fee of R250.00
Retailers POA - plus a once off administration fee of R250.00
Educators R400.00 PA - plus a once off administration fee of R250.00
Students R200.00 PA - plus a once off fee administration fee of R250.00
The Print Workshop is proud to announce the line-up of some exciting workshops from April to July 2014.
For the remainder of the year the Print Workshop will continue with the introductory half-day Cyanotype Workshop on a monthly basis. Not only will you learn the fundamentals of this exquisite Prussian blue printing process invented by Sir John Herschel in 1842, you will also gain a deeper understanding of the basic principles involved in alternative printing. These are the same principles that we apply in advanced processes such as the Salted Paper, Albumen and Platinum/Palladium processes.
Cost: R800 (including tuition & all materials)
Tuesdays 18:00 – 21:00 ... 6 + 13 May ... 10 June ... 1 July
Thursdays 09:00 – 12:30 ... 12 June ... 3 July
Saturday 09:00 – 12:30 ... 17 May
Advanced Cyanotype Workshop
This practical full-day workshop takes an in-depth look at Sir John Herschel’s traditional Cyanotype process. This workshop deals with printing onto alternative paper surfaces as well as advanced printing controls such as contrast, development and highlight management. Toning options are an important feature of this workshop and we convert the Cyanotype’s unique Prussian blue to a range of different colours. Although it is not a difficult workshop, attendees should have a basic understanding and some experience working with the Cyanotype process. Early booking is essential as only a limited number of 6 participants can be accommodated per workshop. Participants are required to bring 5 ready-printed Cyanotype images to this workshop for toning purposes. The dates for our Play Days have been selected to provide participants the opportunity to prepare these prints. Please contact us if you have any queries.
Cost: R1200 tuition fee + R300 material fee = R1500.00 (incl. light lunch)
Tuesdays 09:00 – 16:00 ... 24 June ... 1 July ... 15 July
Thursdays 09:00 – 16:00 ... 22 May ... 19 June ... 17 July
Saturday 09:00 – 16:00 ... 24 May .... 14 June
The Print Workshop aims to foster a working environment where artists can create art and collaborate with one another in the form of ‘Play Days.’ On these days, artists will be provided with chemicals and sundries, as well as use of the Print Workshop’s facilities and equipment. In addition, Janus and/or Dennis will be available for technical support and guidance. Early booking is essential; if the minimum number of 8 participants is not reached Play Days may be cancelled. Until June focus will be placed on the Cyanotype process, after which other processes will be introduced. The fee includes chemistry and basic sundries but excludes paper & brushes.
Cost: Cyanotype Play Day R350 (incl. chemistry and use of facilities and equipment)
Tuesdays 09:00 – 16:00 ... 20 May ... 17 June ... 8 July
Thursdays 09:00 – 16:00 ... 15 May ... 26 June ... 24 July
Saturday 09:00 – 16:00 ... 3 + 31 May ... 7 June
In June we introduce our first series of Pinhole Workshops. This full-day workshop is hands-on and intensive and involves exposing and printing a number of photographs with our unique pinhole camera. No prior knowledge of film photography or darkroom development and printing is required. More information and costs will be announced shortly, however we have allocated dates for these workshops as indicated below.
Saturday 09:00 – 16:00 ... 21 + 28 June ... 5 + 12 July
Van Dyke Brown
In July you are printing your photographs in delicate tones of chocolate brown. The name of this popular process, Van Dyke Brown, originates from the Flemish Painter Sir Anthony van Dyck, famous for using this characteristic brown hue in his paintings. One of our favourite processes, this is a half-day practical and intensive workshop producing Van Dyke prints and exploring various options including gold toning and a splash of Cyanotype... For more information please contact us.
Cost: R800 tuition fee + R400 material fee = R1200
Saturday 09:00 – 16:00 ... 19 + 26 July
Black & White Courses and Master Classes
Midyear we present a series of B&W introductory courses and Master classes. Our first course is foundational and will cover camera exposure, film development, and darkroom printing. Additional introductory courses and future Master classes will include advanced techniques, toning and the intrinsic beautiful Lith process.