Friday, 30 March 2012

BIPP School of Photography - Seeing Light with Russell Baston FBIPP

BIPP Foundation Course - Open to members and non-members
Wednesday 25 April 2012 - Seeing Light with Russell Baston FBIPP

Learn how to make the most of light sources from an industry expert. A practical one day workshop for photographers who would like to know more about using light in their photography.

The day will cover multiple areas of lighting - visit
for more information about what the course will cover as well as how to book.

Thursday, 29 March 2012

Featured Qualifier

Jacqui Matthews ABIPP
Jacqui Matthews ABIPP
Jacqui also recieved a highly coveted Gold award in the Wedding category at the recent BIPP Professional Photography Awards 2012 as well as a Silver (wedding) and a Bronze award (People & Portraiture).

FEP Facebook Cover

The FEP want to provoke a new “images storm” on the FEP Facebook Page.
They have asked all FEP fans to post one or more amazing pictures on their diary to use as FEP cover for the FEP Facebook page. The picture which will receive the highest number of "I like" by April 4th will be the first "cover picture of the month.

Intermediate Training Course - Portraiture with Saraya Cortaville FBIPP

Intermediate Training Course - Portraiture with Saraya Cortaville FBIPP
Tuesday 3 July 2012
A practical one day workshop for photographers who would like to develop their portrait photography. Learn how to get the best from your clients whether babies, children or large family groups to achieve natural and fun images.
The course is open to both members and non-members.

Visit for more information about what the day as well as how to book.

Wednesday, 28 March 2012

Featured Qualifier

Simon Mackney ABIPP (General Practice)

Simon Mackney ABIPP

Simon Mackney also recently recieved a highly acclaimed Silver award and four Bronze awards in the 2012 Professional Photographic Awards,

BIPP Northern Ireland - 30 April 2012

BIPP Northern Ireland
Monday 30th April 2012 - Annual Regional Print Competition and Kevin Wilson Environmental Portrait Shoot10.30am (full day)

Newforge Country Club, 18b Newforge Lane, Belfast, BT9 5NW

A talk by one of our most respected Fellows, Kevin Wilson FBIPP, whose current portrait style is very much in demand.

This is an event not to be missed as it has been very heavily subsidised by the BIPP - £25 (members) and £30 (non-members) including a sit down lunch.

The seminar will be followed by an evening print assessment of the finalists in our annual Regional Print competition and the announcement of the winners. Our guests and judges will be Kevin Wilson FBIPP and Gerry Coe FBIPP, and our president Roy Meiklejon FBIPP will be present to address the members and present the prizes. BIPP CEO Chris Harper FBIPP will also be attending this event.
To book tickets please contact:
Regional Chairman - Denis Brady 07801 699227 

Regional Secretary - Glenn Norwood 07876 726864 

BIPP Training - The Basics of Weddings with Mark Bushkes ABIPP

BIPP Training - The Basics of Weddings with Mark Bushkes ABIPP
23 May 2012 at BIPP Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire.

A practical one day workshop for photographers who would like to know more about wedding photography. This course is open to both members and non-members of the BIPP.

For more information and to book your place on this course visit

Portfolio Review Day - 19 April 2012

The BIPP is holding a Portfolio Review Day at our Head Office on 19 April 2012. There are still some time slots available. This is a great opportunity to go through your images with one of our Approved Assessors and gain support & guidance in preparing for your BIPP qualification.

Visit for more information and to book a place.

Tuesday, 27 March 2012

BIPP South West Region - Two FREE Events

Two FREE events have been organised by the new SW Committee to officially launch the new BIPP South West Region.

These will be social events to enable regional members to get to know each other and the new committee giving you the opportunity to discuss what you would like to see in your region. Refreshments will be provided.

·         Bring along your favourite images( 8x6 or 10x8) for a  chance to critique each others work
·         Meet and exchange ideas with other members
·         Meet your new committee
·         Let us know what events and activities you would like to see in the region in the future.

The first event is the north of the region on Monday, 16 April at

The Gables, Bristol Road, Falfield, South Gloucestershire GL12 8DL (near Thonbury)

The second event is in the south of the region on Wednesday, 18 April

Fingle Glen Golf Hotel, Tedburn St. Mary, Nr Exeter, Devon EX6 6AF

This is not just an opportunity to meet up for a great social occasion but to let us have your views about what you would like to see in the Region in the future. 

Book Now!
To book a place at either of these free events visit
For more information about these and more upcoming events in the region visit

Featured Qualifier

Sarah Bird ABIPP (Fashion & Beauty)
Sarah Bird ABIPP

Friday, 23 March 2012

Midland Region AGM & Awards Presentations

The AGM and presentation of the Midland Region Awards will take place on
Tuesday 27th March 2012  at 7.30pm

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

Visit for more information.

Featured Qualifier

Lawrence Gibbens LBIPP (Government Services)
Lawrence Gibbens LBIPP

Tuesday, 20 March 2012

BIPP Training - Seeing Light with Russell Baston FBIPP

Foundation Practical Training Couse - Seeing Light with Russell Baston FBIPP
25 April 2012
A practical one day workshop for photographers who would like to know more about using light in their photography. Lighting is one of the key factors in successful photography and yet is often overlooked. A camera doesn't take good photos - the person stood behind it does all the work!

Learn how to make the most of light from an industry expert.

Visit and click on Training & Events for more information about the course.
Book your place online or contact

Monday, 19 March 2012

BPC - Policing the Olympics

The British Photographic Council are organising an event on April 11.

Chris Allison, Assistant Commissioner with the Metropolitan Police, and some of his senior colleagues will give a talk on their plans for policing The Olympics. There will be opportunities for questions from the floor.

The event is being organised by the NUJ's Freelance Office and London Freelance Branch, beginning at 6pm until 7.30pm.

Anyone wishing to attend must notify the NUJ Freelance Office at They anticipate a high demand for places, and these will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

What a night!

On Friday evening the winners of the 2012 Professional Photography Awards 2012 were announced at the British Film Institute on the Southbank in London. A fantastic evening was had by all with some excellent photography being exhibited.

Here are a few images from the exhibition...



 Remember - all the Award winning images may be viewed at

Friday, 16 March 2012

And the winners are......

The winners of the BIPP Professional Photography Awards 2012 have been announced this evening at a celebration at the British Film Institute, Southbank, London. The winning images may be viewed online at

Congratulations to everyone who received an award.

Thursday, 15 March 2012

Not long to go!

The presentations of the BIPP Professional Photography Awards 2012 will be taking place tomorrow (Friday 16 March) at the British Film Institute, Southbank, London. For those who are not attending, the results will be published on after the presentations have taken place.

Wednesday, 14 March 2012

Forthcoming Events in Yorkshire, North West and the Midlands

March is a busy month for the BIPP, we have three events coming up in the next few weeks.

Yorkshire Region - Mike Cowling: Hold the Front Page
21 March, 7.30pm

The Owl
Main Street

The hugely experienced Mike Cowling worked on The Yorkshire Post and Yorkshire Evening Post for 22 years as Chief Photographer and Picture Editor. He has a total of 35 years experience in press photography and is still a working freelance photographer.
Mike will talk about :
  • how newspapers get their pictures
  • the structure of picture gathering
  • how editors construct a paper pictorially
  • what gear is favoured
  • and show some of his best images

This is a chance to hear from someone with who has been inside the business of newspaper picture gathering and editing for many years and should be very interesting for a wide audience and valuable to those who want to provide pictures to the press.  See more about Mike at

North West Regional Annual Awards
24 March
6.30pm - Drinks Reception
7.15pm - Awards
8pm - Dinner

Bluecoat Art Gallery
To book tickets please call 0845 094 0539

Yes, it’s back again, in the same successful format as last year, at the Bluecoat Gallery in the centre of Liverpool. This is the event of the year for members and their guests to come along and meet up with friends and colleagues, admire the wealth of creative images entered and share in the successes of the region’s competition winners in the luxurious setting of the Gallery’s own theatre.

The format of the evening which was highly successful last year, will be less formal than the original ‘black tie’ dinners of the past whilst maintaining the class, style and dignity of such an event. The evening starts with a drinks reception and a chance to catch up with old friends, after which we will have the presentation of the awards in the theatre, followed by a delicious buffet in the restaurant in a relaxed atmosphere.

The annual competition is completely ‘digital only’ for the first time this year, so we are encouraging members to submit more entries as exhibition prints and mounting costs are no longer a consideration. And as a, added bonus, due to these massive savings, you can now afford to bring extra friends and family and make a night of it.

Dig out those images you like, review all the work you’ve shot from the past 12 months and show the region how great you are! If you haven’t previously entered, give it a go… new talent is always welcome!
Bring your partner/spouse/family, friends and anyone who appreciates a great night out in an arty setting – you won’t be disappointed.

Roy Meiklejon, BIPP President, will be attending to present the awards.

Midlands Region AGM and Presentation of Awards
27 March, 7.30pm

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

Tuesday, 13 March 2012

Featured Qualifier

Helen Stewart LBIPP - Medical

Helen Stewart LBIPP

Deadline for registering the QEP and Master QEP candidates Spring 2012

The deadline for registering QEP and Master QEP candidates for the forthcoming session is April 30th.  The panels must be in Brussels at the latest by June 08th (the session will be held on Sat-Sun , June, 09th -10th , 2012.

Please submit your registration(s) possibly in due time and not at the last moment.

Candidates submit their applications and panels directly to the FEP.

The application procedure is as follows:
  • The application forms are downloadable from the FEP web site and must be sent via e-mail to within the cited date.
  • The FEP secretariat will check if the entrant is eligible, if the requisite information has been provided, and will verify membership and payment of the entry fee.
  • All candidates will receive a message, acknowledging receipt of their application, and reminding them that the application will only be considered when the FEP receive confirmation of membership by the FEP association specified in the application form, and when they have received evidence of the payment of the entry fee.
In all instances, payment must be made before the judging.
Candidates must also send a copy of their application to the relevant FEP member association; therefore, his/her membership will be double-checked.
A submission fee of EUR 150, 00 for QEP candidates and of EUR 250, 00 for Master QEP is required at present.

Should you need any further information, please contact the FEP ( Best regards and best wishes for your applications.

Monday, 12 March 2012

BIPP Members Win at IPPA National Photographic Awards 2012

Congratulations to International BIPP Members Henk Van Kooten FBIPP MQEP, Paul Callaghan FBIPP QEP, Jose Luis Guardia Peinado ABIPP MQEP and Jose Luis Guardia Vazquez ABIPP MQEP who all won at the Irish Professional Photographers Association National Photographic Awards.

Henk Van Kooten won the IPPA International Photographer of the Year 2012 Award and also:
  • International Fine Art/Human Form Single
  • International Open Art & Creativity - Single and Portfolio
Paul Callaghan won:
  • Wedding Classical Portfolio
  • Wedding Contemporary Single
Jose Luis Guardia Peinado won:
  • International Wedding Contemporary - Single and Portfolio
Jose Luis Guardia Vazquez won:
  • Best Bridal Portfolio International
All the award winning images can be seen on the IPPA website:

Midland Region Annual Print Competition Winners

On 28 February the Midlands Region Annual Print Competition took place at the Lea Marston Hotel, Sutton Coldfield.

Category winners are shown below.

Left to right: Julie Oswin ABIPP (Wedding), David Taylor FBIPP (Architecture & Industrial), Karl Bratby FBIPP (Fashion, Pictorial, Portrait), Malcolm Sales ABIPP (Press & PR), Alethea Simpson LBIPP (Under 5's).  Seated are the judges Alan Wildsmith-Towle FBIPP and Ian Cartwright FBIPP.

Friday, 9 March 2012

David Hoffman : Photographing Protests & Photographers' Rights

Image David Hoffman
On Wednesday 27 June BIPP South East Region is hosting a seminar by David Hoffman on Photographing Protests and Photographers' Rights, followed by a forum discussion on the use of Social Media and Copyright.

Event Details
Wednesday 27 June, 2pm-5pm
Photographers' Gallery, London
BIPP members £35 + VAT, Friends £54 + VAT, Non-members £60+VAT

BIPP Portfolio reviews will also take place at this event.

Book online at

George's Round-Up

Friday 9 March 2012

Everyone here seems rather tired today – I can’t imagine why as I have had most of the week off! Apparently they were away at an exhibition – something called Focus?

A lot has been going on in the last few weeks at BIPP Head office. We had  qualification assessments on 20 February – congratulations to everyone who received their qualification.

At Focus the team were fully booked with Portfolio Reviews and they have said it was great to meet so many BIPP members as well as new faces. More reviews will be taking place throughout the year, keep an eye on the website for upcoming dates.

Now all attention is on the Professional Photography Awards next Friday – it seems as though we have been waiting for ages – but the suspense is nearly over! If you have not yet bought your ticket there are a limited number left! Visit Tickets are only on sale until 10am on Monday 12 March 2012.


Saturday 10 March – Redeye Presents Hothouse!

Redeye is delighted to present Hothouse – A day of New Photography on 10 March 2012, 11.00am-20.00 at The Studio, The Hive 51 Lever Street, Manchester M1 1FN.

Everyone is welcome. Entry is FREE (registration required online).
Visit for more information.

Thursday, 8 March 2012

Fantastic Focus!

The team are all back from Focus and, although a little tired, we must say what an excellent show it was this year. The BIPP stand was really busy throughout with Portfolio Reviews fully booked for the whole 4 days.

Thank you to all the BIPP Assessors who gave their time to undertake the portfolio reviews. The feedback so far has been excellent.

It was fantastic to speak to so many BIPP members at the show as well as meet lots of newcomers who are interested in BIPP membership.

With just over a week until the BIPP Professional Photography Awards presentations there is no time to rest for the BIPP!

Tuesday, 6 March 2012

Denise Swanson FBIPP included in two upcoming exhibitions

BIPP Qualifications Assessor Denise Swanson will be included in two exhibitions opening this week.

The first is at the Portico Library and Gallery, Manchester where Denise is one of the photographers featured in the annual Northern Exposures exhibition, with a series of 6 images. The exhibition previews on Tuesday 6 March 6pm-8pm and continues until Thursday 29 March.

The second exhibition opens on 8 March at Oxheys Mill Studios in Preston as part of International Women's Day. The exhibition, called 'Time, Place and Negotiated Space' has been curated by Northern Arts Prize People's Choice artist, Lubaina Himid MBE and Denise is one of six artists, with a series of five images. The exhibition is on until 20 April.

BIPP Team at Focus

If you are going to Focus this week don't forget to come along to the BIPP stand (G11) and have a chat with the team. We are running Portfolio Reviews from the stand, come along to see what times are available for you to meet with a BIPP Assessor.
The BIPP Focus Team
(L-R - Rachel Madden-Jones, Pam Russell, Mike Brookes-Roper FBIPP, Hilary Harper,
Russell Baston FBIPP & Chris Harper FBIPP)

                                      Portfolio Review with Mike Brookes-Roper FBIPP

Friday, 2 March 2012

April Qualification Assessments

There are currently three available slots for qualification assessments in April.

Monday 23 April – 3.30pm
Deadline for applications to Head Office 12 March.

Tuesday 24 April – 9.30am & 11am
Deadline for applications to Head Office 13 March.

Visit or e-mail for more information.

Thursday, 1 March 2012

Preparing for Focus

The boxes are packed, the team is ready and we are off to Focus on Imaging very soon!

There are still a few slots available for Portfolio Reviews on Sunday 4, Monday 5 and Tuesday 6 March. If you would like to book a Portfolio Review at Focus please have a look at available times on Alternativley give us a call at Head Office on 01296 642020 or e-mail