Thursday, 31 January 2013

Congratulations to Stuart Clark Hon FBIPP

We are very pleased to congratulate Stuart Clark Hon FBIPP.

Stuart was awarded his Honorary Fellowship for his longstanding commitment to the profession, and to the BIPP in the Yorkshire region. Having been a member of the BIPP since February of 1964, Stuart has held a pivotal role in the Yorkshire region; a role that he still holds to this day.

I'm sure you will all join us in both congratulating Stuart on his achievement, and thanking him for his service.

Image Copyright: The BIPP

(Left to Right) Richard Mayfield FBIPP, Chris Harper FBIPP, Stuart Clark Hon FBIPP, Russell Baston FBIPP

One Vision Extend Winter Sale

We clearly hit the mark with our huge discounts available through our Winter Sale. Your images have been pouring in for Finished Products of all shapes and sizes and I must say much of the photography is quite simply stunning. We certainly do have a talented bunch of customers. Due to the overwhelming response, we have decided to extend our offer for another month. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to update your samples, refresh your studio walls or simply adorn your walls with your favourite images.

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24x20" Box Frame now ONLY £34.80

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Friday, 25 January 2013

Record Number of Artists Claim Payback

Last month over 15,000 visual artists enjoyed a share of £4 million in Payback royalties through DACS.

Payback is an annual scheme which distributes royalties to visual artists whose work has been reproduced in UK books and magazines or on TV.

In August 2012, DACS launched a new online system for Payback making it quicker and easier to make a claim. These improvements have seen more artists than ever before benefiting from royalties.

Building on the success of last year’s campaign, planning for Payback 2013 is now underway.

“We’re delighted that our online system has seen a record number of visual artists claiming Payback.” says Daniel Rudd, Artists’ Services Manager. “We are now looking at how we can make this year’s campaign even better. Feedback from claimants has been an important part of this process and new developments are planned for this summer.”

Gavin Wade, artist and Payback claimant says: “It’s always brilliant when my payment comes through. Great Christmas timing. Any artist not claiming should check it out now!”

Payback 2013 will launch this summer. Visual artists who wish to claim Payback for the first time this year should register with DACS at

To find out more about Payback visit or follow us on Twitter at @DACSforartists.

Tuesday, 22 January 2013

Peter Grugeon and Towergate Fine Art Judging

Judging for the prestigious Peter Grugeon Award took place at Head Office on Tuesday 15th January. Some very strong work was submitted by the chosen nominees, and we’d like to take this opportunity to wish them all the best of luck. The results will be announced at a date still to be decided in April.

Judging for the Towergate Camerasure Fine Art competition also took place recently, on Friday 11th January in London. Results for this will be announced on the 25th of April.

New film inspires young talent to pursue an Apprenticeship in the creative sector

A new film has been launched by the National Apprenticeship Service to encourage more young people to take up an Apprenticeship in the creative sector. The film features four young people working in different creative industries who share their stories about how an Apprenticeship set them on their way to a future career in the creative sector.

The four rising stars from BBC 1’s The One Show, digital media agency, Twofour, photography company, Seven Spring Studios, and creative industry training provider, Diversity in Visual Arts, also talk about the varied job roles and opportunities available.

Employers, led by Creative Skillset, the Sector Skills Council for the Creative Industries, are being encouraged to promote the film across the sector and to young people. In addition, the National Apprenticeship Service will use the film in resource packs for schools and at careers events across the country.

To view and share the film, visit

Luke Boatright, 21, formerly an advanced apprentice in Creative and Digital Media at the BBC, and now a junior art director for BBC 1’s The One Show, who features in the film said: “My Apprenticeship gave me experience, one of the best qualifications possible in the TV industry, as well as the opportunity to build a network of contacts. The experience has proved invaluable. The creative industry is incredibly broad in terms of the type of job you could end up doing so an Apprenticeship is a great way to explore what’s on offer. I would definitely encourage more young people to think about doing an Apprenticeship.”

The other stars of the film are:

· Selene Shaw (20), a marketing assistant and advanced apprentice in creative and digital media at Diversity in Visual Arts in London

· Rich Thompson (21), a junior assistant producer and formerly an advanced apprentice in creative and digital media at digital media agency, Twofour Digital Ltd in Plymouth

· Lydia Cobb (19) a studio assistant and advanced apprentice in photo-imaging at Seven Springs Studios in Dorchester

 Dinah Caine, CEO from Creative Skillset, said: “Providing opportunities for young people from a range of backgrounds to enter the creative industries is vital to keeping the sector vibrant and fresh. Apprenticeships offer young people the opportunity to build skills, experience and contacts in this competitive and fast-paced sector. They give employers access to a diverse talent pool and the opportunity to train the next generation with the skills needed to help the UK creative industries maintain their excellent standing around the world.”

David Way, chief executive of the National Apprenticeship Service, commented: “With Apprenticeships now available in many of the creative industries, there has never been a better time to become an apprentice and get the skills and experience you need to really make a mark in this competitive industry. This campaign features the best people to get this message across – people who are or have been apprentices themselves. We hope young people will see the film and be inspired to explore what an Apprenticeship could do for them.”

The Creative Sector film is the second in a series of ‘sector in the spotlight’ films being created by the National Apprenticeship Service to promote Apprenticeships in key industry sectors.

Apprenticeships cover more than 250 skills and industries across 1,400 job roles, over an extensive range of skill levels. An Apprenticeship in creative & digital media or in marketing covers new entrant roles in a range of areas, including TV, Archive, Animation, Interactive Media, Film, Photo Imaging, Radio, PR, Event Organisation, Marketing, Market Research and Advertising.

Government funding is available to help companies take on an apprentice. Through the Apprenticeship Grant for Employers (AGE) of 16-24 year olds, businesses who choose to grow their business through Apprenticeships can access funding of £1,500. The grant is open to organisations employing up to 1,000 people, who have never employed an apprentice before, or have not recruited one in the past 12 months.

For more information on Apprenticeships, visit

Monday, 21 January 2013

New! Affordable Mobile Chip & Pin Terminal has launched the UK's first, low cost, pocket sized standalone card processing terminal with electronic receipting - specifically designed for small businesses.

Not much bigger than a pocket calculator, the new terminal is a fully accredited, secure chip & pin device with immediate authorisation and cardholder authentication.

The design, development and introduction of the new PayMate pocket Chip & Pin terminal is a natural extension to Payatrader's successful low cost "terminal free" proposition, where small businesses can take card payments on a "Pay As You Go" basis without the worry of monthly and minimum usage charges or lengthy contracts.

To find out more information visit

BIPP members benefit from a discounted joined fee. For a referral code, please contact Head Office or access the Members Area of

Thursday, 17 January 2013

FEP International Photo Days, Gmunden - April 2013

A reminder to all of the FEP International Photo Days, due to be held in Gmunden on 14 & 15 April 2013. Each Photo Day will include a programme of talks & conferences by renowned European professionals (including BIPP’s own Bella West FBIPP).

Associated with the Austrian Gmundner Photo Days running from 12-14 April, t
he FEP International Photo Days will offer the opportunity to meet some of the most talented, provocative, inspiring, and enthusiastic European photographers and see why professional photography does have a future and how it is evolving.

The deadline for the special ALL INCLUSIVE, "Early Birds" price of €199,00 + vat has been extended from December 31st, to February, 28th!

Please visit for full details and a copy of the registration form.

Tuesday, 15 January 2013

Pink Lady® Food Photographer of the Year 2013 - Closing Date

A new year is well under way and with it comes the closing date for the Pink Lady® Food Photographer of the Year 2013 competition. This competition is open to both amateur and professional photographers, and images are due for submission before 31 January 2013 to be in with the chance of winning £5,000!

Judges are on the look out for technical skill combined with connection to subject matter and the lineup of experts on the panel include leading food photographer David Loftus who has worked with Jamie Oliver, TV chef James Martin, star of BBC’s Two Greedy Italians Antonio Carluccio, and BIPP's own President Roy Meiklejon FBIPP.

For more information please visit

Production Paradise has teamed up with Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year 2013. Production Paradise is the leading online directory and showcase for photography professionals worldwide. Since 2002, Production Paradise has been furthering the idea of a one-stop shop for the creative industries by connecting professionals on a local and international level and offering them a high quality platform on which to promote their work, through online magazines which have more than 110,000 subscribers.

As well as helping to spread the word about Pink Lady® Food Photographer of the Year, Production Paradise is offering a wonderful extra prize for the overall winner, who already receives a cheque for £5000. The winner will be featured in their Spotlight Food & Drink Photography online magazine, along with a 12-image gallery of their work.

Pink Lady® Food Photographer of the Year launched for the first time in 2011. A global celebration of the art of food photography, in just 23 weeks, the award received more than 3000 images submitted from across the world. Headline sponsor Pink Lady® Apples have now committed to a five-year relationship with the award, which is already listed in the world’s top 50 photographic competitions.

Friday, 11 January 2013

Towergate Fine Art Competition - Judging

The judging of the BIPP Towergate Camerasure Fine Art Competition will be taking place in London today, Friday 11 January 2013.

Good luck to everyone who has entered!

Tuesday, 8 January 2013

One Vision Imaging - Winter Sale

Offers valid for orders placed through our website only. Voucher codes must be entered in the basket when purchasing.

Our much anticipated software One Vision Creator is finally here. Designed to make the building of creative and complex multi aperture pages easy, we're confident this software will become your most important asset. Not only are all your favourite Albums included but also we have new Soft Cover and Hard Cover digitally press printed books to compliment your product range.

Download your FREE version TODAY and get creating!

For more information, please visit

Thursday, 3 January 2013

FEP European Professional Photographer of the Year Awards 2012

We'd like to take this opportunity to recognise and congratulate several of our members who were successful in the FEP European Professional Photographer of the Year Awards.

Jose Luis Guardia Peinado ABIPP MQEP, who was awarded an FEP European Commercial Golden Camera and an FEP European Wedding Silver Camera. Jose also received two Gold awards and one Bronze for Commercial single image, in addition to a Bronze award for a Wedding single image.

Gerry O'Leary FBIPP MQEP, who was awarded an FEP European Commercial Silver Camera. Gerry also received both a Gold and Silver award for Commercial single images.

Bryn Griffiths FBIPP QEP, who was an FEP European Commercial Finalist.

Filip Kulisev FBIPP MQEP, who was awarded an FEP European Landscape Golden Camera. Filip also received two Gold awards for Landscape single images.

Gerry Coe FBIPP, who was an FEP European Landscape Finalist and received two Landscape Silver awards for single images.

Peter Ellis FBIPP QEP, who was an FEP European Wedding Finalist and received a Gold award for a Wedding single image.

Jose Luis Guardia Vazquez ABIPP MQEP, who received both a Commercial Bronze award and a Reportage Bronze award for single images.

Marek Czarnecki ABIPP QEP, who received an Illustrative Bronze award for a single image.

David Tett ABIPP, who received both a Reportage Silver and Bronze award for single images.

Congratulations to all involved!

Wednesday, 2 January 2013

New Year.....New Challenge?

If you’re thinking about going for your first, or next BIPP qualification, join us at Head Office in Buckinghamshire on Tuesday 22 January 2013 for a Portfolio Review Day.

Our 1-hour portfolio reviews are ideal for anyone interested in discussing their work with an Approved BIPP Assessor, who will give advice on your work and discuss the criteria for BIPP qualification.

For more information, or to book, please visit or contact Rachel on 01296 642020 or email

Towergate Fine Art Competition - Last Call for Entries

To all interested in entering the BIPP Towergate Camerasure Fine Art Competition 2013, this is your last chance. The closing date for entries is 5pm on Friday 4 January. Please visit for full details and an entry form.

All BIPP members are able to enter FREE OF CHARGE including Qualifying & Student members and Friends of BIPP.

2013 will be a special anniversary year, as we celebrate the 10th anniversary of the competition and to celebrate we're offering two top prizes: £1,000 for the Best Portfolio (Five Images) and £500 for the Best Single Image.

The subject matter can be anything that falls into the general category of 'Fine Art'. The Portfolio of Five Images must sit together as a panel of images and not be an indiscriminate selection of individual images.

Along with additional cash prizes of £250 each for the Runner Up (Single Image), the International Winner (Single Image), and the Student Winner (Single Image), the top 30 images will form part of an exhibition that will travel around the Towergate offices to promote the involvement of Towergate Underwriting in professional imaging. Images that are selected for the exhibition can be made available for print sales, at prices determined by the entrants, with proceeds split equally between the photographer and Towergate's charity partner for 2013.

An 'Open' category is also included this year and non-BIPP members will be able to enter for the opportunity to win £250 in the Fine Art Open, Best Single Image category. Entries from non-BIPP members cost £5+VAT per print.