Thursday, 30 May 2013

BIPP Open Awards 2013

The British Institute of Professional Photography (BIPP) is hereby inviting professional photographers from across the world to enter the Open Awards 2013.

Unique to this year’s Awards calendar, the Open Awards welcomes photographers outside of the BIPP member-base; granting photography professionals the opportunity to benchmark their work against that of their peers, while having its quality judged against BIPP standards.

The categories for entry to the BIPP Open Awards are as follows:

Weddings (WD)

Portraiture (PP)

Science & Technology (S&T)

Commercial (Com)

Visual Arts (V A)

Moving Image

Non-commissioned (NC)

The closing date for submissions is 30 September, 2013. Presentations will then take place 20 November, 2013.

A winner will be selected from each category, all of which will then be considered for the title of Winner, BIPP Open 2013. This is an entirely separate and stand-alone competition from the rest of the BIPP Awards.

The BIPP Awards are amongst the most highly regarded in the industry, and success in these awards shows an incredibly high standard of work. Not only are the judges looking for composition and technical ability, but also creativity, interpretation and that ‘wow factor’.

For more information on the Awards, how to enter and the judging process, please visit our dedicated Awards website at

Thursday, 23 May 2013

FEP - Winners of the European Professional Photographer of the Year Awards 2012

Many congratulations to three BIPP members who achieved success in the recent FEP European Professional Photographer of the Year Awards 2012, which took place at the FEP International Photodays in Gmunden, Austria.

Thousands of images were judged and a 'Golden Camera' was awarded to the winner of each category, with 'Silver & Bronze Cameras' awarded to the runners-up.

The successful BIPP members were:

Commercial Category
- Jose Luis Guardia Peinado ABIPP MQEP (Spain) FEP European Golden Camera 2012
- Gerry O’Leary FBIPP MQEP (Ireland) FEP European Silver Camera 2012

Landscape Category
- Filip Kulisev FBIPP MQEP (Slovakia) FEP European Golden Camera 2012

Wedding Category
- Jose Luis Guardia Peinado ABIPP MQEP (Spain) FEP European Silver Camera 2012

FEP President Jorgen Brandt MQEP said "Each and every one of the winners represents excellence in their photographic specialisation giving inspiration to colleagues in all Europe and beyond. It was a pleasure and an honour for me to present the prizes and Chair the competition - I was amazed by the massive talent presented"

Wednesday, 22 May 2013

Scottish Region Awards 2013 - The Winners!

Copyright: John Parris FBIPP
Scottish Region Photographer of the Year 2013
Many congratulations to the winners of the Scottish Regional Awards 2013, which were held at Huntingtower Hotel near Perth on Sunday 19 May.

The evening Awards presentation & dinner brought to a close an excellent day, during which Paul Walker FBIPP, Gerry Coe FBIPP, and Denis Brady ABIPP hosted very enjoyable talks on their work & styles of photography. 

Gerry & Denis were also this year's Awards judges and did a great job judging and critiquing the winning images. Thanks also go to David Bewsey FBIPP and the members of the Scottish Region Committee for their hard work in organising such a successful day.

Thank you to everyone who entered this year's Awards and a special mention goes to John Parris FBIPP who was named Scottish Region Photographer of the Year 2013.

All winning images can be viewed online HERE

Industrial, Commercial, Advertising & Architecture
Winner - Andrew Neilson ABIPP
2nd - Andrew Neilson ABIPP
3rd - Anita Neilson LBIPP
Merit - Andrew Neilson ABIPP

Pictorial & Illustrative
Winner - John Parris FBIPP
2nd - John Parris FBIPP
3rd - Lenny Smith LBIPP
Merit - Trevor Russell LBIPP

Winner - Carol Frost LBIPP
2nd - Angie Isac LBIPP
3rd - Paul Walker FBIPP
Merit - Nicholas Frost FBIPP
Merit - Michele Dillon ABIPP
Merit - Michele Dillon ABIPP

Winner - John Parris FBIPP
2nd - John Parris FBIPP
3rd - Paul Walker FBIPP
Merit - John Parris FBIPP
Merit - John Parris FBIPP
Merit - Paul Walker FBIPP

Press & PR
Winner - John Parris FBIPP
2nd - Angie Isac LBIPP

Winner - Jim Brown LBIPP
2nd - Michaela Waddell LBIPP
3rd - Carol Frost LBIPP
Merit - John Baikie ABIPP
Merit - John Parris FBIPP
Merit - Michaela Waddell LBIPP

Student - Social & Portraiture
1st - Artek Furdal, Edinburgh College
2nd - William Skelton, Edinburgh College
3rd - Lee Howell, Edinburgh College
Merit - John Logan, Motherwell College
Merit - Lee Howell, Edinburgh College
Merit - Thomas Carr, Napier University
Merit - Francisco Arevalo, Edinburgh College

Student - Advertising & Fashion
1st & Overall Student Winner - Linda Macpherson, Edinburgh College
2nd - Tibor Galamb, Edinburgh College
3rd - Ian McLeod, Motherwell College
Merit - Kasia Malinowska, Edinburgh College
Merit - Donna Bramham, Motherwell College
Merit - Dawn Marie Jones, Edinburgh College

Student - Photojournalism
1st - Lee Howell, Edinburgh College
2nd - Craig Foy, Motherwell College
3rd - William Skelton, Edinburgh College
Merit - Susan Torkington, Edinburgh College
Merit - Sylvia Shek, Edinburgh College

Student - Open
1st - Elizabeth Morton, Motherwell College
2nd - Lee Howell, Edinburgh College
3rd - Francisco Arevalo, Edinburgh College
Merit - Adele McVay, Motherwell College
Merit - Monserrat Orallo, Edinburgh College
Merit - Ricky Frew, Edinburgh College
Merit - Greig McDowall, Edinburgh College
Merit - Lee Howell, Edinburgh College
Merit - Mike Pickles, Edinburgh College
Merit - Ricky Frew, Edinburgh College
Merit - Alasdair Watt, Edinburgh College

Copyright: Linda Macpherson
Scottish Region Overall Student Winner 2013

Friday, 17 May 2013

Experience the Leica S System

Direct Photographic are delighted to host an open house event on 23 May in conjuction with Leica, to showcase the new S System at the fantastic Leica Studio-S in Mayfair.

Experience the innovation of Leica S-System, Broncolor's latest equipment, and the services offered by Direct Photographic, in a fabulous studio environment.

The event will feature a photographer shooting throughout the day to provide an insight into a working setup and professional workflow options of the camera system. Both Leica and Direct staff will be on hand to inform, instruct and assist with exploring the new S System camera and the full range of superlative new Central Shutter lenses.

Broncolor will also be present to showcase their latest range of lighting products, with full demonstrations available throughout the day.

If you’d like to attend, register for your free ticket here

Venue Details:
Leica Studio-S, 27 Bruton Place, Mayfair, London | W1J 6NQ
Thursday 23rd May 2013 12:00 – 18:00

Thursday, 16 May 2013

Wednesday, 15 May 2013

The Contrasting Worlds of Police & Wedding Photography...They May Be Closer Than You Think! Wednesday 26 June 2013

Join us on Wednesday 26 June, near Crook in County Durham, for talks on Police and Wedding photography by two Fellows of the BIPP.

10am-1pm - Police Photography with Phil Grieveson FBIPP

Copyright: The College of Policing

Phil Grieveson has been interested in photography most of his life and involved in forensic imaging since 1973. Until 1989 this mainly involved photography at crime scenes, both as a Divisional CSI and as the Principal Photographer on the Major Scenes of Crime Team with Durham Constabulary.  Since 1989 Phil has been teaching Forensic Photography to Police Image Makers at The College of Policing.

Phil will spend the morning talking about the different areas of Police photography, including his own personal experiences throughout his career, most notably the South East Asian Tsunami in 2004. He will also do a couple of demonstrations with high intensity light sources in order to fluoresce fingerprints and footwear marks.

WARNING: This talk will include graphic content, so attendees must be a minimum of 18 years of age.

2pm-5pm - Wedding Photography with Julie Oswin FBIPP

Copyright: Julie Oswin FBIPP

Julie Oswin has been a professional photographer since 1994, running her own wedding photography business on the borders of Leicestershire and Warwickshire, and brings a wealth of expertise, knowledge, and understanding of weddings.

Awarded her Fellowship of the BIPP in March this year, Julie will talk about her career, including achieving her Fellowship and setting up her own business, together with a practical demonstration with model, and advice & tips on taking amazing wedding photographs!

Members – £35+VAT
Friends – £45+VAT
Non Members – £50+VAT

Includes lunch & refreshments


Wednesday, 8 May 2013

Marketing for Photographers by Mark Bushkes ABIPP - 20 May 2013

Less than 2 weeks to go until Marketing in Tough Times & Getting the Basics Right by Mark Bushkes ABIPP. The talk will be held at The Worlds End Pub & Restaurant in Taunton, Somerset, on Monday 20 May from 1pm-5pm.

Running his own photography business in Caterham, Mark will cover a variety of topics including setting business plans, branding, organisational skills, boosting your self confidence, networking, online marketing, and customer relationships.

Further details, and the full programme, can be found at

£30+VAT (members)
£36+VAT (friends)
£40+VAT (non-members)

Includes refreshments


Tuesday, 7 May 2013

Redeye at LOOK/13 Festival - Liverpool 16 –18 May 2013

Redeye, The Photography Network is excited to return to The Bluecoat and to be part of LOOK/13, one of the UK’s leading international photography festivals.
Redeye are programming a series of events at the LOOK/13 opening weekend. All events are ticketed and need to be booked in advance. For ticket prices and booking information please visit
Thursday 16 May: Focus on portfolios and two talks
The weekend commences with Portfolio, Critique and Advice Sessions where you can book in for half an hour with one or two of our experts to discuss business and career issues or for advice on your portfolio, and a Portfolio Development Workshop with Alina Kisina.
Alina Kisina is a Ukrainian photographer living in London, frequently returning to her native land to continue an ongoing series of remarkably evocative pictures that use a mixture of abstraction and representation that suggest a reality beyond what is seen by the eye. This exclusive two-hour workshop has space for a group of 4 photographers only. 

These events are followed by The Perfect Portfolio, a talk by Redeye director Paul Herrmann. For many photographers their portfolio is the key way to show their work to others, but it doesn't always go as well as it could. This talk outlines the relatively simple ways you can improve your portfolio and its presentation.
At night Redeye will introduce two special guests to introduce the fifth National Photography Symposium taking place the following day. One of these is celebrated Liverpool-based landscape photographer John Davies who will talk about The Landscape as Self-Portrait. The talk will be about photography and the editing, selection and choices we make individually and collectively.
Friday 17 May: The National Photography Symposium
Now and next in photography
The fifth National Photography Symposium, the gathering place for ideas and discussion about photography, presents an unmissable survey of the current state of photography. Top experts, thinkers and commentators offer the most interesting perspectives on what's happening now and next in the medium.
A must for photographers who want to understand the forces behind UK photography; to anyone working with photography, and to those studying and writing about photography. It's an intelligent but non-academic event.
The morning session explores developments in the culture, technology and interpretation of photography. The afternoon looks at work, institutions and funding.
Speakers include amongst others:
Howard Hopwood, Chairman and New Business Director of Harman Technology (Ilford Photo), who looks at science, manufacturing and technology in traditional products.

Alexandra Moschovi, art historian, critic, independent curator and Programme Leader of MA Photography at Sunderland University will explore new technologies of image making (from Google glasses, Photosynth and Klynt to geotagging and Instagram) and how these affect everyday, popular uses of photography.
Dr Raoul Eshelman, lecturer in Slavic Literature at the Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich seeks to identify and discuss photographs that are no longer postmodern - visual images that impose upon us an experience of beauty and transcendence whether we like it or not. 

Susan Jones, Director of a-n The Artists Information Company will discuss the current climate and future approaches for supporting visual arts practice and impacts on artists' livelihoods.
Nick Dunmur, commercial and advertising photographer, a non-executive director of the AOP, and the Chair of the British Photographic Council and Gwen Thomas, Legal & Business Director of the Association of Photographers explore life as a working photographer in 2013 and beyond, and the current challenges around the law and business.
Immediately after the last NPS5 session the launch of the LOOK/13 Photography Festival takes place in The Bluecoat.
Saturday 18 May
Redeye at LOOK/13 continues on Saturday with Photography Activists Boot Camp.
This nuts-and-bolts workshop is aimed at photographers who have an interest in getting involved in the politics of photography, and are keen to do more to campaign on a range of issues that affect photography - access, law, copyright, dealing with authorities and protecting freedom of expression. It will outline the various key issues and explore past and existing campaigns, including both successful and less successful examples, to see what lessons can be learnt.
We are grateful to the London Photographers' branch of the National Union of Journalists for supporting this event.
And we are delighted to welcome photographer Tom Wood, 'Photie Man', for his first public talk in the city where he made the majority of his work. This event is a very rare opportunity where he will show a broad selection of work and answer questions. The event is followed by the Liverpool launch and signing of his new book in two volumes, Men and Women.
All events take place at The Bluecoat, School Lane, Liverpool, L1 3BX, United Kingdom
For tickets and further details see
Redeye is grateful to the following organisations for support for the NPS, allowing the lowest ever ticket price:

The Royal Photographic Society

Harman technology

a-n The Artists Information Company

The Association of Photographers

The Bluecoat

Throughout LOOK/13

During LOOK/13 there will be exhibitions from participants in Redeye’s Lightbox 2, an intensive professional development programme, which aims to launch the careers of some of the UK’s most promising photographers.

Blind Spot Collective: Stranded
Corner of the Strand and James St, Liverpool and The Mersey Planet Light Vessel 

Lamp Post Collective
The Brink, 15-21 Parr Street, Liverpool L1 4JN

The Lyceum, Bold St, Liverpool, L1 4NW 

The Fallout Factory



To the FEP Member Associations - Event in Copenhagen Confirmed

Dear Colleagues,

We are very happy to inform you that we reached the required number of QEP registrations, and accordingly, we can now confirm the QEP/MQEP session (June 15-16), the BOARD MEETING (June 16 afternoon) and the linked seminars (June 17) in Copenhagen.

Those of you attending the meeting can now start to book the flights/trains or arrange the trip to Denmark.

Further details and logistics will follow soon.

Best regards,

Martina Scozzi

Executive Assistant/ FEP Secretariat
E-mail: ;
Skype: martinascozzi

FEP, the Federation of European Professional Photographers
Secretariat: via Monte Calcara , 13  
00060 Castelnuovo di Porto (Roma), Italy

Friday, 3 May 2013

One Vision Imaging - News

'Impress Range' - Layflat Book Offer - Buy 2 get 1 FREE!

When our customers talk to us, here at One Vision Imaging... we listen.
Without a shadow of doubt everybody that see's our Layflat books wants them! Introducing a new range of books can be costly, so due to popular demand we have introduced a fabulous sample offer.
The Layflat Impress range includes A4 upright, 8x8 and A5, from 10 to 30 spreads (20-60) pages. Using the latest manufacturing technology these books are completely gutterless; losing nothing in the page crease. Therefore, one of the most simple books to design available in the UK today.
We are delighted to offer you this exciting promotion. If you buy an A4 and an 8x8" book, then you will receive an A5 book free of charge, saving you up to £75. It really is that easy - design 3 books of ANY page quantity, order all of them at the same time, and you will receive the A5 book free of charge.
Now is the time to update and offer a seamless book.
Impress Range - Lay Flat Books
Impress Range - Lay Flat Books
For more details, and how to order, please contact Nik Proctor on 07973 702 003 or email at

Click here to start designing your unique frame

‘QR Coded’ Marketing Products

Marketing your photography to the next generation!

Customers that have taken advantage of our QR coded products have been delighted with the results. We know through experience that photographers leave their contact details in the form of business cards or framed prints in many locations such as Hotels, Florists, Wedding Car Hire and Jewellers, to name a few. This is clearly to attract new business for those in the market for such services. Why not modernise your marketing and get QR codes working for you!
QR Coded Marketing Products
We have created a set of modern marketing products using 2 stylish templates. Simply download our Adobe Photoshop PSD templates which include an order form, amend the PSD / form and email it back to us!
QR Coded Marketing Products
Click here for more information on our QR Coded Marketing Products

Huge Discounts on Finished Products with our 2013 Price Drop

There is little doubt that times are tough and as much as it is essential to maintain the utmost quality, it is also vital to be competitive! We have therefore decided to continue our Finished Product discounted price fix!
Most 20x16" and 24x20" Finished Products, which are the two most popular sizes, will be heavily discounted and fixed for the entire year!
This way you can plan your campaigns and promotions throughout the seasons knowing you will be offering the finest Finished Products at very competitive prices!
Price Drop 2013

Now you don't have to compromise on quality to be competitive!

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To find out more about the above products and services please contact our Customer Care team on 0845 862 0217, click 'contact us' above or simply visit our website at
We very much look forward to hearing from you.
Kind regards,
One Vision Sales Team
Phone 0845 862 0217

Thursday, 2 May 2013

Colour Manage Like a Pro - Tips from Photograper and Editor Jonathan Briggs

Editor of 'The Photographer' magazine, Jonathan Briggs is hosting a free colour management webinar for Datacolor this coming Tuesday evening - May 7, 2013 8:00-9:00 PM.

In this Webinar you'll get first hand advice and experience from Jonathan on how having a colour managed set-up has helped his professional imaging workflow. Jonathan will cover the practicalities of what is required to implement colour management and give tips and tricks on how to work most efficiently to give best results. You'll also get an opportunity to ask him questions at the end of the session.

Here's the registration page:

A Great Afternoon with Paul Wilkinson FBIPP

Copyright: Paul Wilkinson FBIPP

We had a hugely successful and entertaining visit to Paul Wilkinson's studio in Haddenham, Buckinghamshire, on Wednesday 17 April and our thanks go to Paul, Sarah, and Michelle for arranging such a great afternoon.

Approximately 20 people attended the event, and the weather stayed fine so Paul could demonstrate his shooting techniques in the beautiful studio garden.

Copyright: Paul Wilkinson FBIPP

Paul will be visiting the BIPP Yorkshire Region on Wednesday 15 May for an afternoon/evening practical seminar. If you missed Paul's talk last month you might like to see him in Yorkshire instead. Full details can be found at

Wednesday, 1 May 2013

The Instagram Act – ACT NOW!

Successive UK governments have tried, unsuccessfully, to pass new Acts to reform our copyright law but last week, the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act received Royal Assent - what is it? what does that mean? how does it affect you?

What Is It?

By including ‘orphan works’ within the unrelated Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act, the government has effectively given themselves the ability to be able to make changes in the future, by regulation rather than having to pass an Act of Parliament. No changes have yet been made to the UK copyright law as the regulations controlling them will not come into effect until later in the year so we have to act now as the Government will expect approval as just a formality.

Under the provisions in this ERR Act it will be legal to exploit a copyright work without the knowledge or permission of its creator. This applies not just to photographs but to music, films, books etc., by effectively permitting the Government to enable the commercial exploitation of images where information about the owner is not readily available ie ‘orphan works’.  Bear in mind that most social media sites and many online publishers strip out any metadata when an image is uploaded, so the scale of this is vast and represents immense potential for those who stand to benefit.

Note that this Act does not technically affect your copyright - that is still yours but it will effectively be worthless under these provisions.

The proposal is that orphaned images, in other words most images online, will be placed into ‘extended collective licensing schemes’ which will supposedly pay a flat fee to registered creators. A potential user, on finding such ‘orphan’ then only needs to perform a ‘diligent search’ to proceed as if they are the owner of that work, with little or no account for the true author. No actual definition of constitutes a ‘diligent search’ has yet been made.

Does it Effect Me?

YES!!  If you have digital files on the internet, you will, almost certainly, have orphan works.

Is It too late to do anything?

NO!!  We have to collectively take a stand and fight our cause.  These proposed schemes will not come into force until the regulations controlling them are enacted later this year – so we have time but make no mistake, this is our last chance to make a Google-friendly Government see sense.  It will be a more difficult battle but it is a cause worth fighting for and we have some powerful allies this time. We also have nothing to lose!

What can I do?

Fight for your rights to protect your own work! Take direct action now before its too late -

           1)    sign the petition –

2)    write to, Tweet or call your MP* -

3)    write to Viscount Younger of Leckie, the Minister for Intellectual Property* -

4)     spread the word – blog, use Facebook, Tweet – get as many people as possible to Tweet about this and remember to follow @thebipp on Twitter to join in the campaign

 *When writing to your MP or to Viscount Younger, send a professional letter outlining the problems as you see them and how this affects YOU. Guidelines for writing -

 For more information, visit

What is BIPP doing?

BIPP, alongside the AOP, Stop43, BAPLA, DACS, BPPA, EPUK, NUJ and ProImaging have been collectively fighting against this for several years and have attended countless meetings with ministers, the IPO et all. It was precisely because of that concerted lobbying effort, along with the support of thousands of photographers taking direct action, that we were able to defeat the last government’s attempts and got Clause 43 removed from the Digital Economy Bill.

This time the government has taken a different tack in including orphan works in an unrelated act but lobbying has still been going on. Although they have got the ERR act through, it does not necessarily stand that they will be able to make the changes that this act purports to allow. We can stop this if we all work together.

They may have won a battle but the war is far from over.

BIPP’s copyright rep, Denise Swanson FBIPP is due to meet Viscount Younger of Leckie, the Minister for Intellectual Property on June 10th in London to discuss copyright issues.

Help her to make that meeting positive.