Thursday, 31 May 2012

All Aboard for the BIPP Qualifications Presentations!

On Tuesday 29 May the BIPP celebrated the achievements of everyone who had achieved their Associate or Fellowship Qualification in 2011 with the Qualifications Presentations. The event took place in London on board the Tattershall Castle.

Everyone who attended enjoyed the sunshine on the Thames and a drink before the presentations began. In addition to the Qualifications certificates, the following awards were presented.

Best Student Portfolio 2011 - Merit - Richy Leeson LBIPP - Cleveland College of Art and Design.

Best Student Portfolio 2011 - Winner - Stephanie Swann ABIPP - Wiltshire College (Salisbury)
(L-R) Roy Meiklejon FBIPP (BIPP President), Stephanie Swann ABIPP (Winner Best Student Portfolio 2011) and Paul Dyer FBIPP
Best Licentiate Submission 2011 - Jason Light ABIPP (Portraiture)

Peter Grugeon Award for Best Associate Submission 2011 - Simon Mackney ABIPP (General Practice)

(L-R) Roy Meiklejon FBIPP (BIPP President), Simon Mackney ABIPP (Winner Peter Grugeon Award - Best Associate 2011) and Paul Dyer FBIPP

Peter Grugeon Award for Best Fellowship Submission 2011 - Anton Artemenkov FBIPP (Hair & Beauty)

Fox Talbot Award 2011 for Outstanding Achievment in Photography - Nigel King FBIPP

(l-R) Roy Meiklejon FBIPP (BIPP President), Nigel King FBIPP (Winner Fox Talbot Award 2011) and Paul Dyer FBIPP

Many of those who achieved their Associate or Fellowship Qualifications have already received their certificates or were unfortunately unable to attend the presentations.

After the presentations everyone enjoyed a buffet lunch on board and basked the summer sunshine! Congratulations to everyone who gained their BIPP Qualification last year.

Julia Boggio ABIPP Photographs The Queen in Merton

Julia Boggio ABIPP, two-time winner of Entrepreneur of the Year in the borough and one of its most well-known photographers, was asked by Merton Council to capture The Queens visit to Merton to commemorate the Diamond Jubilee.

View Julia's Blog for images and more about the day.

The Finished Article!

A couple of the finished images from Mark Buskes' Wedding Workshop  last week at BIPP.

Mark Bushkes ABIPP

Mark Bushkes ABIPP

We have more Workshops coming up in July, visit for more details.

Wednesday, 30 May 2012

Photography Workshops in July

We have two excellent workshops coming up on Monday 2nd and Tuesday 3rd July in Fashion and Portraiture.

Monday 2 July

Fashion Workshop (Intermediate)

A complete look at the art of fashion photography from identifying your audience to the end product.

Nigel Tribbeck FBIPP
The Workshop will include two practical sessions and will cover:·
Identifying your audience
Communicating with your model
Lighting Techniques
Studying composition
The role of retouching
Tutor: Nigel Tribbeck FBIPP

Tuesday 3 July
Portraiture Workshop (Intermediate)
Learn how to get the best from your clients whether babies, children, teenagers or large family groups to achieve natural and fun images.

Saraya Cortaville FBIPP
The Workshop will include two practical sessions and will cover:·Developing a style
Running and marketing a studio
Lighting techniques
Using different backgrounds and props
Engaging with children and families
Posing guides

Tutor: Saraya Cortaville

For more information and to book you place on any upcoming BIPP Workshops visit or contact Pam at BIPP Head Office on or 01296 642020.

Scottish Region Awards & Dinner - 3 June 2012

Just a reminder that the Scottish Region Annual Awards & Dinner are this coming Sunday 3 June 2012.

Set in the stunning HuntingTower Hotel, Perth – – we intend to hold an afternoon of talks around current photographic techniques by three Fellows of the Institute, together with a discussion forum on the reality of making a living from photography in the current economic climate – a business perspective, which will be led by several successful Scottish photographers who have had to make changes to their practices to continue in business. We will also discuss other matters affecting our profession and we hope to get your perspective on where you think the BIPP both regionally and nationally should be heading and how you can help achieve this.

There is likely to be plenty of room for all, but we ask that you pre-register for this event by contacting the Secretary, David Bewsey FBIPP, at

Student Awards & Annual General Meeting

The Student Awards will be presented at 5pm, followed at 6pm by this year’s Annual General Meeting to which all Scottish Region members are invited.

Professional Image Awards & Dinner

In the evening there will be a Dinner at which we will present the Awards to the winners & runners-up of this year’s competition, as well as presenting the 2012 Scottish Photographer of the Year Award to the most successful entrant. All members including their guests are very welcome.

The Dinner costs just £20 per person, or £15 to those who entered more than two images in the Professional Categories. It is essential that you book and pay for your place at the Awards Dinner as soon as possible, as we have to provide the Hotel with a minimum number of diners. Please contact the Secretary, David Bewsey FBIPP, at if you would like to book.

There may still be accommodation available at HuntingTower Hotel at the “early-bird” pre-paid rate if you are quick. Please contact the hotel direct to book – 

Tuesday, 29 May 2012

Tina Hadley FBIPP QEP Photographs The Queen!

Tina Hadley has taken pictures of 6,500 people, but there’s only one Queen!
Visit for more on this story.

Members Discounts on onOne Software

The BIPP online shop now has onOne Software available at special discounted rates for BIPP members.



Visit the BIPP online shop

Qualifications Presentations

We are in London today on board the Tattershall Castle for the BIPP Qualifications Presentations. Looking forward to seeing lots of members there and celebrating their achievements.

 Keep an eye on the Blog for photos from the event.

Friday, 25 May 2012

South East Region Awards 2012 - Call for Entries

The South East Region Awards 2012 will be opening on 1 June 2012.

They are open to all current BIPP members in the South East Region and it’s important for you, and the region as a whole, to showcase the quality of work being produced by today’s professional photographers. Make the most of this opportunity and the very positive publicity your achievements can produce.

How to Enter:

- Submit low res images on a disc (no more than 5mb per image).
- Qualifying & Student Members & Friends can only submit in their one relevant category.
- The file name for each image should be the image title plus your membership number (eg, Sunrise over Desert/5004).
- An Entry Form is needed for each image (although payment details only need to go on one form). All forms must include the title of the image, the category, and your name.
- Payment for all entries must be included - £5 per image inc VAT (cheques to BIPP).
- Send your entries to “BIPP SOUTH EAST AWARDS” at BIPP, The Coach House, The Firs, High Street, Whitchurch, Buckinghamshire HP22 4SJ to arrive no later than 5pm Tuesday 31 July.
- It is the photographer’s responsibility to ensure all appropriate criteria are met
- BIPP reserves the right to disqualify any image that fails to meet the criteria or, in its opinion, may breach or contravene legal guidelines on public decency or may otherwise bring the photographer or the BIPP into disrepute. Any costs incurred by the BIPP in such a situation will be reimbursed by the photographer.
- An image cannot be entered into more than one category. If you’re unsure about categories, contact BIPP Head Office for advice.
- All images must have been taken by the BIPP member named and they must be in current membership throughout the competition, judging and presentation.
- All entries must have been taken within the last two years and be commissioned work.
- Images that have already been entered into another BIPP competition cannot be submitted.
- Images submitted in any wedding categories must have been taken at an actual wedding and not staged or recreated after the event. The entrant must have been the official photographer or assistant at the wedding.
- Images produced on workshops/training courses (as a delegate) cannot be submitted.
- By entering the Awards, you acknowledge that permission has been obtained for that image to be published and exhibited by the BIPP and any necessary copyright or release has been obtained.
- BIPP reserves the right to use any image submitted for publicity or exhibition purposes.
- Information correct at time of publication – the BIPP reserves the right to change any of the above without prior notice.
- Your images will not be returned.
- BIPP will take all reasonable care in handling entries, but can accept no responsibility for loss or damage, however caused.
- The decision of the judges is final and no correspondence will be entered into. Judges are not allowed to enter the Awards.
The judging panel will view the images during August and any shortlisted entrants will be notified. Details of the awards presentation will be announced.
- Abstract/Illustrative Landscape
- Advertising (to include product & commercial)
- People & Portraiture (to include pets, babies, children, relevant events etc)
- Architecture
- Photojournalism (to include press & pr, editorial, sport, HM Forces etc)
- Fashion & Beauty
- Qualifying
- Forensic
- Science & Nature (to include wildlife, macro, medical, scientific)
- Friends
- Student
- Industrial
- Wedding
Entry Form:
Full details and an entry form can be downloaded at

Featured Qualifier

Ozzie Malik LBIPP
Ozzie Malik LBIPP

Special Prices on software on the BIPP online shop

The BIPP Online Shop now offers BIPP Members discounted prices on a range of software.

Save over £100 off the RRP of Nik Software Complete Collection (Photoshop / Aperture /Lightroom)
Save £48 on Nik Complete Collection (Lightroom edition)
Save £40 on Silver Efex Pro 2.

These special prices are only available to BIPP members until 30 June 2012.
Visit the online shop at

Thursday, 24 May 2012

Last Minute Portfolio Review - Dorset - 28 May

We've had a cancellation for the Portfolio Review Day with BIPP Approved Assessor, Bella West FBIPP, next Monday 28 May in Shaftesbury, Dorset.

If anyone is interested in having a review of their work, with a view to going for their first or next qualification, there is one place up for grabs at 2pm, which can be booked online at

New Studio for Simon Mackney ABIPP

BIPP President Roy Meiklejon FBIPP was delighted to be invited for a private tour of Simon Mackney's fabulous new studio set on an English Heritage site in Derby on 26 April. The whole studio has been renovated and creatively decorated to give commercial and portrait clients a photography experience not to be forgotten.

Simon Mackney's new studio

 Roy was given a tour of the new studio by Simon and his partner Wendy and was joined for lunch by David and Carol Taylor from Chapel Studio Photography.

Roy Meiklejon FBIPP (BIPP President) and Simon Mackney ABIPP
As well as celebrating the opening of the new studio Roy also took the opportunity to congratulate Simon again on his excellent achievements in the 2012 BIPP Professional Photography Awards.

A Presidential Lunch!
 To view images from Simon Mackney and his new studio visit

A Perfect Day for a Wedding Workshop!

The sun really did shine yesterday at the BIPP for our Basics of Weddings Workshop. An excellent workshop with Mark Bushkes ABIPP offering some excellent techniques and advice to those who attended.

We have a number of Workshops coming up in July including Fashion and Portraiture. Take a look at for full details of what's coming up.

Portfolio Reviews - London - 27 June

Portfolio Reviews are open to members & non-members and are an excellent opportunity to receive face-to-face feedback on your work, from one of our Approved Assessors who fully understands the requirements for BIPP qualification.

If you are thinking of joining the BIPP, or if you are already a member and looking to further your qualification, you would gain support & advice to help you prepare your portfolio for either your Licentiateship, Associateship, or Fellowship qualification.

We have a Portfolio Review Day coming up on Wednesday 27 June at the newly re-opened 'The Photographers' Gallery' in London between 10am-4pmPlaces are limited so please book your review online at 

Take this opportunity to discuss your work with one of our Approved Assessors and also see the new gallery!

Wednesday, 23 May 2012

Success at BIPP Brentwood Group 2012 Awards

Many congratulations to the following members who won awards in the BIPP Brentwood Group 2012 Awards last week.

Kevin Pengelly FBIPP was awarded Overall Photographer of the Year 2012, BIPP Brentwood Group.

Thanks go to the Committee who worked hard to arrange a very enjoyable evening and also to Hoss Mahdavi FBIPP QEP who had the difficult task of judging the many excellent entries.

Let’s have a look at the winning images...

Classical Portrait Winner – Jacqui Matthews ABIPP

Jacqui Matthews ABIPP

Contemporary Portrait Winner – Kevin Pengelly FBIPP

Kevin Pengelly FBIPP

Classical Wedding Winner – Jacqui Matthews ABIPP

Jacqui Matthews ABIPP

Contemporary Wedding Winner – Kevin Pengelly FBIPP

Kevin Pengelly FBIPP

Fashion & Beauty Winner – Kevin Pengelly FBIPP

Kevin Pengelly FBIPP

Industrial & Architecture Winner – Simon Vaughan LBIPP

Simon Vaughan LBIPP

Landscape & Travel Winner – Paul Cudmore LBIPP

Paul Cudmore LBIPP

Pictorial, Illustrative & Fine Art Winner – Paul Cudmore LBIPP

Paul Cudmore LBIPP

Press & PR Winner – Brian Baker ABIPP

Brian Baker ABIPP

Under 5s Portrait Winner – Saraya Cortaville FBIPP

Saraya Cortaville FBIPP

If you would like to stay in touch with the Group please ‘like’ their Facebook page at

Tuesday, 22 May 2012

Featured Qualifier

Victoria Huckle LBIPP

Victoria Huckle LBIPP

August Qualification Assessments

The next BIPP Qualification Assessments will take place at BIPP Head Office on 13 August 2012. The deadline for applications and submissions is 2 July.

Places may be booked online at

If you are considering submitting for your BIPP Qualification and would like to discuss it further please contact Jane at Head Office, or call 01296 642020.

Monday, 21 May 2012

BIPP Midlands - Simon Coates - 29 May

Tuesday 29 May - Simon Coates


Lea Marston Hotel
Haunch Lane
Lea Marston
Sutton Coldfield
B76 0BY 

This month we are privileged to have Simon Coates with Wot? No Polar Bears? Wildlife & Landscape Photography by Simon Coates.

Simon is a professional event photographer and wildlife nut. His hugely popular and highly entertaining talk “Wot? No Polar Bears?” recounts his trip to Antarctica in a mixture of stills and video.

Warning: the talk will include some dreadful jokes!

See Simon's website at

Cost: £10.00 on the door

For more information about events coming up in the Midland Region please visit

Portfolio Reviews - Preston - 21 June

Portfolio Reviews are open to members & non-members and are an excellent opportunity to receive face-to-face feedback on your work, from one of our Approved Assessors who fully understands the requirements for BIPP qualification.

If you are thinking of joining the BIPP, or if you are already a member and looking to further your qualification, 
you would gain support & advice to help you prepare your portfolio for either your Licentiateship, Associateship, or Fellowship qualification.

We have a Portfolio Review Day coming up on 
Thursday 21 June at Oxheys Mill Studios in Preston between 10am-3pm.

Places are limited so we recommend you book your review online 

Friday, 18 May 2012

50 Year Celebration for Celebrity Photographer

On Friday 11 May 2012, Maz Mashru ABIPP and his team invited Leicestershire’s prominent businesses and VIPs to the official opening of the new gallery and showroom, which was conducted by RT Hon Keith Vaz MP.

Guests were able to see timeless images back through the decades from Maz’s career to the present day. Maz, originally an exile from Uganda, became the photojournalist for the Argus Newspaper usually photographing Idi Amin and his Army, and has now established a spectacular reputation in Leicester over the year’s photographing many famous faces including Jackie Chan, Dionne Warwick, Tony Blair, Colin Salmon, Nina Wadia.

(Left to Right)  Maz Mashru, Rekha Mashru, RT Hon Keith Vaz MP,
RT Hon Valerie Vaz MP, Juliette Foster

Image Courtesy of Hardik Pandya LBIPP

To celebrate 50 years of trading, Maz of Leicester has moved to a spectacular events showroom and photography studio – probably one of the East Midlands' largest studios. The building, previously a factory in the 1970s, was completely derelict with no amenities. For over three decades the building had been an industrial factory with steel girders, exposed brick, loose pipe work and broken windows. Now fully restored, the showroom looks incredible with suspended ceilings, stunning lighting, specially sourced wallpaper that has the appearance of velvet, a black, off white and gold colour palette to co-ordinate with the branding.

Congratulations & best wishes to Maz and the team on the new gallery & showroom.

Thursday, 17 May 2012

Photographs by Students of Batley School of Art - Dean Clough Gallery, Halifax

Another successful display of photographs by students of Batley School of Art, one of the BIPP's accredited colleges, has opened at Dean Clough Gallery in Halifax - one of the most significant cultural centres of the North.

The illustrations are the visual outcome of an assignment essay on social, cultural and political influences on modern society; the exhibits depicting the theme and content of the written submissions of interesting and diverse approach.

Thanks to Simon Marshall for the below image which shows Stuart Clark ABIPP (BIPP Yorkshire Chairman), Katrina Whitehead (Award Leader H.E. Photography, Batley School of Art), John Todd, and Oliver Boothroyd. The wall images are by student Lance Isherwood.

Courtesy of Simon Marshall

Tuesday, 15 May 2012

Practical workshops with BIPP coming up in July

BIPP Workshop - Fashion with Nigel Tribbeck FBIPP

2 July 2012
, Buckinghamshire

An Intermediate workshop for photographers looking to improve their Fashion photography with award winning Fashion photographer Nigel Tribbeck FBIPP. 

Follow this with an Intermediate Portraiture workshop with Saraya Cortaville FBIPP on 3 July 2012.

Visit for more information about these and other practical workshops on offer from the BIPP.

Monday, 14 May 2012

BIPP South West - Studio Visit - 25 June

Monday 25 June 2012 - Studio Visit, Tintagel


Fantasy Photos
XIV Century Cottage
Fore Street
PL34 0DA

Join the BIPP South West Region for a visit to the studio of Phil Bramhill LBIPP on Monday 25 June from 6pm.

Phil will be giving demonstrations of the green screen technology he uses for his Merlin spectaculars. This will include an opportunity to raid his costume gallery (including Knights and Fairies!) and take part in the actual demos.

Following this they will retire to a pub within walking distance for refreshments.

It's going to be a fun evening, so if you would like to go along please let Phil know in advance by emailing him at or by calling 01840 779406.

Cost - £5 (members) and £10 (non-members)

Friday, 11 May 2012

Upcoming BIPP Portfolio Reviews

Portfolio Reviews are open to members looking to upgrade their qualification, and also to non-members interested in joining the BIPP.

They offer an excellent opportunity to receive face-to-face feedback on your work, from one of our Approved Assessors, who fully understands the requirements for BIPP qualification.

Upcoming Portfolio Review Days

28 May – Shaftesbury, Dorset

20 June – Oxheys Mill Studios, Preston
27 June – The Photographers’ Gallery, London (fully booked)
11 July – Thetford, Norfolk
8 August – Marwell Hotel, Winchester
5 September – Belper, Derbyshire
12 September – Hartnoll Hotel, Tiverton
24 October – Hambleton, Nr Selby, Yorkshire
31 October – Hallgarth Manor, Durham
7 November – Head Office, Buckinghamshire

From a review you would gain support & advice to help you prepare your portfolio for either your Licentiateship, Associateship, or Fellowship qualification.

Places are limited so we recommend you book your review online. 

For further information, or to book, please visit 

Featured Qualifier

Nigel Forster ABIPP
Nigel Forster ABIPP

Last Chance to Book!

Today is your last Chance to book your place on The Basics of Weddings - a one day practical workshop with Mark Bushkes ABIPP on 23 May.

We have a couple of places left - book online at

Thursday, 10 May 2012

BIPP Yorkshire Region - Print Competition Winners

Congratulations to all of the Winners of the BIPP Yorkshire Region Print Competition 2012, held at The Owl in Hambleton, on Wednesday 18 April.

Thanks go to the judges - Jonathan Beer FBIPP, and new visitor to the region Steve Walton FBIPP from Leicester - who made very searching and detailed appraisals of the large number of entries from members, together with impressive submissions from students of Batley Art College, a most valuable experience for them, normally only experiencing in-house critiques.

The students' work greatly impressed the judges, and of the final selection Jonathan said that any one of the photographs displayed would sit alongside the main categories perfectly well. The students went home in high spirits!

Thanks also go to Stuart Clark ABIPP and the Yorkshire Region Committee for organising such an enjoyable evening.

So here are the winners & some of their images...

Studio Portrait

Trophy Richard Mayfield FBIPP

Richard Mayfield FBIPP

Richard Mayfield FBIPP (2), Leo Francis ABIPP

Environmental Portrait

Trophy Chris Bevan LBIPP

Chris Bevan LBIPP

Roy Wooding FBIPP, Steve Ramsden LBIPP, Annemarie King LBIPP,
Richard Mayfield FBIPP (2)


Trophy Mike Huggon ABIPP

Mike Huggon ABIPP

Michael Lee LBIPP, Mike Huggon ABIPP, Roy Wooding FBIPP


TrophyMike Huggon ABIPP

Mike Huggon ABIPP

Roy Wooding FBIPP

Press & PR  

Trophy Steve Ramsden LBIPP

Steve Ramsden LBIPP

Roy Wooding FBIPP (2)

Traditional Wedding

Trophy Annemarie King LBIPP

Annemarie King LBIPP

Mike Huggon ABIPP (2), Ozzie  Malik LBIPP

Contemporary Wedding

Trophy Annemarie King LBIPP

Annemarie King LBIPP

Ozzie Malik LBIPP, Mike Huggon ABIPP, Cris Matthews LBIPP, 
Annemarie King LBIPP


Trophy Leo Francis ABIPP

Leo Francis ABIPP

Leo Francis ABIPP, Annemarie King LBIPP


Trophy Leo Francis ABIPP

Leo Francis ABIPP


Trophy - Roy Wooding FBIPP

Roy Wooding FBIPP

Merit - Roy Wooding FBIPP


Trophy - Michelle Howson

Michelle Howson

Merits - Luke Beaumont, David Black (2), Anne Brigson

Overall Winners

Social Photographer of the Year 2012 - Chris Bevan LBIPP

Commercial Photographer of the Year 2012 - Leo Francis ABIPP