The Australian Institute of Professional Photographers run Photography Awards at both a State & National Level each year. At the National Level, a Professional Photographer can also attain different levels of honours such as Associateship, Master of Photography and Grand Master of Photography.
At the 2010 Canon Australian Professional Photography Awards, Israel Smith added to his string of State & National Level Awards. Israel was also awarded the honour of becoming a Master of Photography.
To become a Master of Photography, a professional photographer must:
- Earn Merit Points by entering the Canon AIPP Australian Professional Photography Awards (APPAs). A Silver Awarded print = 1 point, and a Gold Awarded print = 2 points.
- Achieve the honour of Associate of the AIPP, which requires 5 merit points across 4 years.
- Earn a further 10 Merit points across 5 years at the Canon AIPP APPAs.
- The APPAs allow a maximum of 4 images to be entered into the judging each year, which are then judged by a panel of 5 Master Photographers. The images are anonymous to ensure objective judging.