Thursday, 22 December 2011

George's Weekly Round-Up

Posting a bit early this week as it’s Christmas!

There has been a lot of talking about the ‘New Year’ this week, keep an eye on the website as it sounds like lots of exciting events will be taking place.

We are closing today for the Christmas holidays and will be back on 3 January 2012.

I plan to go home and eat a lot of Turkey and mince pies followed by a snooze on the sofa!

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to everyone!

George X

Member Featured in Litebook Magazine

Congratulations to recently qualified Member Sarah Bird ABIPP who was featured in the October - December 2011 issue of Litebook magazine.

Featured Qualifier

John M Lynch LBIPP - Advertising, Portraiture, Wedding
Lisburn, County Antrim

Wednesday, 21 December 2011

Long Service Awards

Our congratulations to all our Members who received Long Service Awards this year.

Pictured here are several Members receiving their Awards at the South East Region Awards event earlier in December

L - R: Paul Dyer FBIPP, Eric Jenkins Hon FBIPP, Roy Meiklejon FBIPP (President), John Rose Hon FBIPP, Dennis Hylander FBIPP, Tina Hadley FBIPP

BIPP Member's Radio Times Front Cover

Well-done to Stuart Wood FBIPP for his Radio Times front cover in March this year.

Stuart Wood FBIPP

BIPP Member owns 'Rarer than Rare' David Bowie footage

Congratulations to Long serving Member and former President, John Henshall FBIPP.

John made the headlines today for discovering he is the owner of 'rarer than rare' footage of David Bowie performing 'The Jean Genie' in 1973 on Top of the Pops, which was thought to be lost by the BBC.

The footage will be aired on the Top of the Pops Christmas Special on BBC2 tonight between 7.30 - 9.00pm.

Two BBC articles can be seen here:

Tuesday, 20 December 2011

Featured Qualifier

Annemarie Farley FBIPP - Illustrative / Pictorial, Plants / Gardens, Fine Arts
Blackpool, Lancashire

Annemarie Farley FBIPP

Monday, 19 December 2011

Awards Entries

Thank you to everyone who has sent entries for the Professional Photography Awards 2012, the closing date of which was last Friday.  We're busy sorting through all the entries...

Thursday, 15 December 2011

George's Weekly Round-Up

Well it's been busy this week, the postman driving me crazy with loads of parcels arriving - apparently they are prints for some award or other ( Don't know why they won't let me help open them but at least I get to bark at the postman, that's always fun.

There's also been some rushing around getting stuff ready for the next issue of the magazine - I don't understand what all the fuss is about, it won't be out until after Christmas.

I'm annoyed they won't let me join Facebook though - apparently lots of people were talking about me this week. I'm a star!!
George X

Website Survey Results

We would like to thank all our Members who took the time to fill in our website survey.  We received lots of helpful feedback and comments.  We will be reviewing all the feedback and improving our website early in the New Year.

Some stats from results from Members...

We were pleased to see that overall most of those who responded were satisfied or very satisfied with the website.

We were also pleased to see that most respondents found what they were looking for too.
However, respondents haven't found much reason to make repeat visits.  This is something we will be working on.

News of any updates and improvements to the website will be publicised here, in our Facebook group and on Twitter.

Once again, thank you to everyone who responded, and if you have any further comments or suggestions for the website please send them to us.

Featured Qualifier

Michael Baxter ABIPP - Architectural / Building, Commercial / Industrial, Digital Imaging
Glendale, Arizona. USA.

Michael Baxter ABIPP

Tuesday, 13 December 2011

Featured Newly Qualified Member

We're starting a new regular posting today, 'Featured Newly Qualified Member'.  Over the coming weeks we'll be display work of a recently qualified Member....

John Baikie LBIPP - Wedding Photographer
Castletown, Highlands

John Baikie LBIPP

Monday, 12 December 2011

FEP Fine Art Photograph of the Year 2011

The aim of the FEP Fine Art Photograph of the Year competition is to reward and stimulate creative initiatives by professional photographers, often bound to assignment work.

The competition is entirely web-based; the sign-up, hosting and judging will all be carried out online at  There are no sub-categories, and each entrant may submit up to three images.

  • The entry fee is 10.00 Euro for each picture submitted for BIPP Members (20.00 Euros for non-members). 
  • QEP and Master QEPs may enter one picture free of charge. Should they wish to enter further images, the cost will be 10.00 Euro.
  • Pictures will be judged by an international jury of at least 5 experts nominated by the FEP.The winning images will be placed on the FEP website and may travel as an exhibition.
  • The winners will be awarded at a special ceremony in 2012 (date and venue to be communicated later in the year)
For full details please visit the FEP website:

Deadline for entries is 8 January 2012.

Professional Photography Awards 2012

BIPP Members and Friends only have a few days left now to enter the Professional Photography Awards 2012, the closing date is Friday.  Full details can be seen on our website:

Friday, 9 December 2011

Congratulations to Lisa Visser ABIPP

Congratulations to Lisa Visser ABIPP whose images entered in the Terry O'Neill/Tag Awards 2011 ( were featured in last week's edition of the Sunday Times Magazine.

'Comfort', Lisa Visser ABIPP

'Invisible', Lisa Visser ABIPP

'To Dance', Lisa Visser ABIPP

George's Friday Summary

"Had to stay upstairs again"

Everyone has been running around a lot this week, there were Qualification Assessments on Monday and Tuesday (I had to stay upstairs again).

Congratulations to everyone who gained their BIPP qualification!

On Wednesday a few of the humans went out to London for the South East Region Awards Presentation. The event took place on board the Tattershall Castle on the Thames! Check out the winning images at

Boxes have appeared under the tree wrapped in paper and now we have another tree indoors at home! I thought maybe this was to save me having to go in the garden when it is so cold – but apparently this is not what the trees are for! Nor are the boxes for playing with……

Bella West FBIPP QEP and Eric Jenkins Hon FBIPP
carrying out assessments
  I don’t think I have had my quota of tummy rubs this week due to the number of events taking place so I will now do ‘the rounds’ around the offices with my best puppy dog face to see how many tickles (and treats) are on offer!

Wags & Kisses,

George x

Thursday, 8 December 2011

Photos from the South East Region Awards

The South East Region Awards took place on board the Tattershall Castle in London yesterday afternoon.  All the winning images can be seen on the BIPP website here:

The event was very well attended and the Awards were presented by Paul Dyer FBIPP and President Roy Meiklejon, who was presented with his Fellowship.

There was an outstanding standard of photography on display, and we would also like to thank the staff at the Tattershall Castle for all their help in making this such a successful event.

Wednesday, 7 December 2011

Profile of the Day - Edward Palmer

Profile of the Day: Edward Palmer LBIPP (Portraiture, Wedding, Wildlife)

Ted Palmer
West Moseley, Surrey

South East Region Awards 2011 - The Winners

The South East Region Awards are taking place in London this afternoon.

'Bukky' by Anton Artemenkov FBIPP
South East Photographer of the Year 2011
All the winning images can be seen on the BIPP website:

Congratulations to all the winners!

We'll be posting photos from the Awards in tomorrow's blog.

Tuesday, 6 December 2011

Towergate Fine Art Competition

Now in its ninth consecutive year, the Towergate Camerasure Fine Art Competition is now open for entries.
This competition is exclusive to BIPP Members (including Student Members) and is being sponsored by leading camera insurance specialist Towergate Camerasure.
The competition carries prizes of:
  • £1000, £700 and £400 for the top three places
  • £300 for the international winner
  • £300 for the student winner
Also, the top 30 images will form part of a travelling exhibition being displayed at Towergate offices, promoting the involvement of Towergate Underwriting in professional imaging.
Entry is free, with a limit of five entries, and the subject matter can be anything that falls under the category of Fine Art.
The presentation of the Awards will run alongside the BIPP Professional Photography Awards at the British Film Institute in London on Friday 16 March 2012.
The closing date for entries is 16 December 2011.
For more details about the Towergate Fine Art Competition and the BIPP Professional Photography Awards, please visit the BIPP website at

Profile of the Day

Assessment Day Two

It's day two of Qualification Assessments at BIPP Head Office today.  The photos below show BIPP Approved Assessors Kevin Wilson FBIPP and Stuart Wood FBIPP at work at yesterday's Assessments.  Details of qualifiers will be posted here soon.

Monday, 5 December 2011

Assessment Day One

It’s the first of our Qualification Assessment Days of this week taking place today, so we have lots of visitors at Head Office.  We’ll post details of successful assessments here later in the week.

These are the last qualification assessment days of the year, but have dates planned throughout 2012, please check our website for details.

Profile of the Day: Janet Nevett LBIPP (Wedding)

Sutton Coldfield

Friday, 2 December 2011

George's Friday Summary

A large tree has appeared in the BIPP offices this week – I am a little confused by this as I am constantly told ‘NO’ when I go near it! It has sparkly lights and dangly things which all look very inviting to play with – I will have to go and have another investigate when no one is looking…..

We had a lot of visitors on Thursday for Portfolio Assessments when photographers came in with their images to be looked at by a BIPP Assessor. These can be tough days for me as I have to stay upstairs and try and be quiet when I want to be downstairs to greet everyone! Apparently barking and jumping at humans is not the correct way to say Hello – but I disagree!

If you would like to book a Portfolio Review with a BIPP Assessor please visit the website

It’s Friday today which I am sure means a day at home tomorrow – a long lay in on my owners bed, cooked breakfast (hopefully), a gentle stroll through the park followed by a snooze on the sofa!

‘Wags & Kisses’,

George X

Feeling festive

We’re feeling very festive at Head Office today, and we’ve put up our Christmas tree!

We’ve also sent out the December e-newsletters to all our Members and Friends, if you haven’t received your copy please add a comment, with your details, to the blog and we’ll add you to the mailing list.

With the beginning of the festivities, we’re starting to think about food, which leads neatly to our next item…  The Pink Lady Food Photography Competition!  The competition is now open with a prize of £5000 for the overall winner, plus the opportunity to be judged by a highly distinguished panel of experts, including the BIPP President, Roy Meiklejon.  The closing date for entries is 31 January.  For more information go to the competition website:

Profile of the Day: Anthony Naylor LBIPP (Wedding, Retouching / Restoration, Landscapes)
The Photo Wizards

Thursday, 1 December 2011

Introducing George

Hi, my name is George, and I am 4 and ¾. I am a Labradoodle (my Mummy is a Labrador and my Dad was a Giant Poodle)!

I come to work at the BIPP Head Office most days and have become an integral part of the team – my main responsibility is shredding of paper for recycling! Sometimes I do get told off for shredding the wrong things but I do my best!

My favourite foods are sausages and cheese but I’m currently on a diet so not too many of those around at the moment! I do manage to find the odd apple core, yoghurt pot and crisp packet from the bins when no-one is looking!

I will be posting (with a little help) a weekly Friday round-up of news and events at the BIPP from the Canine perspective!

’Wags & Kisses’, George X

Busy, busy and congratulations

It’s a busy day at Head Office, with portfolio reviews taking place throughout the day.  We’re also preparing for the South East Region Awards taking place next Wednesday at The Tattershall Castle in London.  We'll be posting the winning images here next week.

We’d like to send our congratulations to Ady Kerry ABIPP who achieved the coveted QEP status with a panel of Sport Reportage pictures at last weekend’s judging session in Brussels.  You can see Ady’s work on his website:

We’re going to be showing a Profile of Day every weekday on the Blog.  We’ll be displaying profiles where the photographer has uploaded images, so if you are a member who hasn’t done this already, please add some images to be included.

Profile of the Day

Petra Navarro-Clark LBIPP – Social Photographer

Heartfelt Photography
Rochester, Kent

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