Salon Gold Medal at Trierenberg 2012

Just under three months ago I started entering FIAP salons. These salons are basically photo competitions in which a certain percentage of the entered images are ‘accepted’, and a smaller percentage again are awarded medals. So it’s an very satisfying to have an image accepted.

  • From Wikipedia: FIAP is the Fédération Internationale de l’Art Photographique,  (Eng. The International Federation of Photographic Art), and is an international organization of national associations of photography. More than 85 national associations are members, comprising nearly one million individual photographers.

While I’ve done quite well in Salons so far, having been accepted in all but one of the salons I’ve entered, I received some particularly good news last week.

There are salons, and then there’s the Trierenberg Super Circuit.  It is one of the biggest salons in the world, attracting about 3000 photographers with 20,000 images*.

So, when the results of this years salon were published (, I was delighted to find that I had been awarded a Salon Gold medal for my image “Pink”.

“Pink” – Salon Gold at Trierenberg Super Circuit 2012

There were 3 other Irish Photographers also in the medals, Ciaran Whyte, Gabriel O’Shaugnessey, and David Martin. Congrats!

Ciaran has an excellent blog article on the salon here, he describes the whole process much better than I can. 🙂  Also, he has some excellent articles on the whole salon circuit, what it’s all about, etc. Well worth a read.

A few days later, after the medal winners were announced, I received my Report Card from Trierenberg. I was delighted to see I got 23 acceptances. The circuit consists of 4 separate salons, so each image can get up to a maximum of 4 acceptances. In the Nature section, I submitted 4 images, and received 7 out of a possible 16 acceptances, with two images bombing completely. In Open section, however, I got 16 out of 16! Cool!

Overall an excellent result for my first time entering Trierenberg.


* The Same Medal, But Different Medal Winner – by Ciaran Whyte


3 thoughts on “Salon Gold Medal at Trierenberg 2012”

  1. Congrats on the success so far Dave.

    You should start to consider varying the images you submit. The AFIAP is just 10 images but the EFIAP is 50! In reality the additonal acceptances you’re picking up now, won’t count.

    By and large, once I got an acceptance with an image, I retired it and moved on to the next. You can see from my EFIAP gallery, the majority of images only have 1 acceptance. Most of the ones with multiple acceptances were ones that were picked up in circuits.

    One “mistake” that can be made, is not being strategic in what you enter and where. Target as many countries as early as you can with as many images as you can.

  2. Congrats for the success.

    I am ardent silent follower of your blog. But this time I could not resist myself to be silent any more.

    Applause! Applause! Take a well-earned bow. Congratulations!
    –Priya Ranjan

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