John Simpson is Scotland's first and only holder of the prestgious MFIAP distinction (Master of the International Federation of Photographic Art).
There are only 10 other holders of the Distinction in the British Isles and less than 120 worldwide.
The Distinction "Master Photographer of FIAP" is awarded to an artist in recognition of the whole of his achievments in the field of artistic photography.
MFIAP is the third step, after AFIAP (artist) and EFIAP (excellence), in the FIAP distinctions awarded for personal successes in photography.
The principal requirements are:
The candidate must have held the EFIAP distinction for at least two years.
A portfolio of 20 prints each measuring 30cm x 40cm or A3 either unmounted or on very light supports, the complete portfolio weighing not more than 2 kgs. The portfolio must must be coherent from it's conception to its realisation and presentation.