Wednesday, 31 October 2012

24th SUN Awards Private Viewing - 1 November

Just a reminder about the 24th SUN Awards Private Viewing tomorrow - 1 November - at Leeds Gallery, Munro House, York Street, Leeds, from 6.30-9pm.

Featured Qualifier - Emma Duggan FBIPP

Emma Duggan FBIPP

Image Copyright: Emma Duggan FBIPP

A Master at Work in Newcastle!

Image Copyright: Kevin Wilson Hon FBIPP

We're in Newcastle today for a Masterclass with Kevin Wilson Hon FBIPP.

It's going to be a really interesting day, with Kevin giving presentations of his Centenary Project and Weddings this morning, and a practical session with model this afternoon.

We hope everyone attending has an enjoyable day!

Our thanks go to Eric Murphy ABIPP for very kindly allowing us to use his studio

Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Law for Photographers - 21 November

Law for Photographers One-Day Course

Wednesday 21 November


The Space Centre, Judd Street, King's Cross WC1H 9NT

This one-day course will explain the particular laws that can have an effect on those producing still and moving images, and is ideal for photographers, camera operators, and editorial executives managing & commissioning imagery. The areas of law covered will include:

  • Libel
  • Privacy & Confidentiality
  • Trespass
  • Public Order Laws
  • Police Seizure Powers
  • Data Protection Act
  • Copyright
  • Ethical Codes

Delegates will leave with an up-to-date knowledge of the range of laws which have an impact on producing and using imagery. This will enable them to make legally and ethically sound decisions when commissioning or producing still or moving pictures for publication.

BIPP members can claim a 25% discount on the normal cost of the course -  £150 compared to £200 full price.

Further information is available at and if you would like to book a place please email

PhotoVoice Lecture Series : Tim Flach - 5 November




 Monday 5 November 2012


 Kings Place Hall One
 90 York Way
 London N1 9AG

Don't miss your chance to meet Tim Flach, one of Britain's most successful photographers, highly regarded for his extraordinary portraits of animals, most famously horses and dogs.

This lecture will provide an insight into the creative process behind Tim’s images that question the relationship between humans and animals.

In his latest book More Than Human (Abrams, Sept 2012) he takes our mysterious bond with other species into new levels of inquiry, with remarkable portraits of pupae, tigers, armadillos, jellyfish, orangutans and other exquisite creatures.

Tickets: £9.50 online @ Kings Place

Image © Tim Flach

Monday, 29 October 2012

Friday, 26 October 2012

Latest News from BIPP Company Partner - One Vision Imaging

These stunning customisable designs are now available to order from One Vision Imaging. Printed on industry standard 350gsm satin paper and coming complete with envelope.
These beautiful A5 cards are available in packs of 20 with discounts for multiple packs. They are a clever way for you to expand your marketing potential, to send to former clients, or to send to businesses that support yours & also not forgetting your own personal family cards.

Christmas Cards

Priced deliberately to be an effective marketing tool, why not create today, either using your image in our templates, or by designing yourself. So, get prepared, order some today by simply selecting your images, and then follow this link

This Months Web Offer

NEW Premium Multimedia Album

So many photographers have been waiting for this development and now it’s finally here. The Premium MultiMedia Album is now in stock.
Featuring a slimline (just over 10mm) aluminium and glass construction, touch-sensitive illuminated controls and a class-leading high quality 10" 1024 x 768 resolution display. It’s compatible with SDHC cards, up to 32GB, with software support for a wide range of formats including full HD 1080P movies. A built-in rechargeable battery allows up to 7 hours of autonomous playback.
The Pro’s 'Lockable' Digital Photo Frame has just got even more desirable!

Multimedia Album

Featured Qualifier - Phil Ingles LBIPP

Phil Ingles LBIPP

Image Copyright: Phil Ingles LBIPP

Thursday, 25 October 2012

QEP & MQEP Registration Deadline - 31 October

The deadline for sending in your application forms for QEP & MQEP is 31 October.

Application forms can be downloaded from the FEP website and need to be sent to the secretariat by the above date.

The next QEP & MQEP sessions will be held in Brussels on 1 & 2 December and panels must arrive by 30 November at the latest.

Advertising Discounts with Yellow Pages - Now 'Hibu'

One of BIPP's membership benefits is discounted display advertising with Yellow Pages at lineage rates under the BIPP umbrella.

Yellow Pages has informed us that there has been a change to the Group company name and they will now be known as 'Hibu'.

Details of this membership benefit can be found within the Members Area of

Wednesday, 24 October 2012

MSAB Nominations

Thanks to everyone who came forward to sit on the next Membership Services Advisory Board (MSAB) session.

The nomination period has now closed and the results will be announced at the AGM in December.   

Chris Harper FBIPP
Chief Executive

Kevin Wilson Hon FBIPP Masterclass in Newcastle - Only 1 Week To Go!

Image Copyright: Kevin Wilson Hon FBIPP

Just 1 week to go until the Kevin Wilson Hon FBIPP Masterclass on Wednesday 31 October at the Banana Studios, Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

There are only a couple of places left available, so book online at to avoid disappointment!

Kevin is widely acclaimed as one of Europe’s leading wedding photographers and his experience and artistic flair has resulted in him being one of the UK’s highest award-winning photographers.

This full day workshop (10am-4pm) includes an opportunity to see Kevin’s Centenary Project, a Presentation of his Weddings, and a practical session working with natural light and the use of reflectors (so don't forget your camera equipment).

Members £45+Vat
Friends £54+Vat
Non-Members £60+Vat

Cost includes lunch & refreshments.

Featured Qualifier - Angela Vincent LBIPP

Angela Vincent LBIPP

Image Copyright:
Angela Vincent LBIPP

Tuesday, 23 October 2012

New Small Claims Track for IP Disputes

As a result of the Hargreaves Review, a new small claims track has been introduced to the Patents County Court (PCC) which will speed up the court process and make it cheaper and easier, particularly for small and medium sized businesses, to protect their intellectual property (IP) rights.

Further details can be found at

NE Region Annual Image Contest 2012 - Winners!

Congratulations to the Winners of the North East Annual Image Contest 2012, held on Wednesday 17 October in Gateshead.

Our thanks to the judges - Gavin Foster, Deputy Editor of the Hartlepool Mail, and Alan McEwan FBIPP - for all their hard work.

Thanks also go to the BIPP NE Committee for organising such an enjoyable evening.

All 1st, 2nd & 3rd place images can be found at and a small selection can be found below.

The North East Photographer of the Year 2012 was awarded to Eric Muphy ABIPP.

Eric Murphy ABIPP
Open Category Winner
Robert Usher LBIPP
Wedding Category Winner
Jen Hart LBIPP
Portrait Category Winner

Michael Barlow ABIPP
Press Category Winner
Eric Murphy ABIPP
Commercial Category Winner
Eric Murphy ABIPP
Pictorial Category Winner

Congratulations to Our New Qualifiers!

Congratulations to everyone who was successful in achieving their BIPP qualification at our Qualification Assessment Day on 22 October.

We had a great day and saw an excellent standard of work.

Our New Qualifiers will appear on the blog over the next few weeks.

Monday, 22 October 2012

BIPP/Towergate Camerasure Fine Art Competition - Reminder for Entries

2013 is a very special anniversary year - as we celebrate the 10th anniversary of the BIPP Towergate Camerasure Fine Art Competition and we are now accepting entries for the 2013 competition.

To celebrate we're offering two top prizes: £1,000 for the Best Portfolio (Five Images) and £500 for the Best Single Image.

All BIPP members are able to enter free of charge including Qualifying and Student members and Friends of BIPP, and the deadline for entries is 14 December 2012.

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.

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.

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.

Full details can be found on pages 26-28 of the Autumn issue of the Photographer magazine or alternatively visit for details and to download an entry form.

Featured Qualifier - Paul Walker FBIPP

Paul Walker FBIPP

Image Copyright: Paul Walker FBIPP

Friday, 19 October 2012

International Food Photography Day - 14 November

The world’s first International Food Photography Day is to take place on Wednesday 14 November 2012 - a day to celebrate food photography in all its tasty & delicious glory.

We are encouraging everyone to celebrate the art of food photography by taking a snap of their mid morning apple, a sandwich from their lunchbox, a takeaway curry or supper at a friend’s house.

We hope you will be inspired to snap your crackle and pop at the breakfast table, get zoomy on your halloumi at lunch or simply shoot a winner at dinner – wherever you are with food on Wednesday 14 November, take a picture and create your own food masterpiece.

Pictures on phones or cameras, whatever comes to hand, make this a day to remember, for an art form that has been around, astonishingly, for more than 150 years, recording and celebrating all aspects of the earth’s bounty.

International Food Photography Day is conceived by the organisers of Pink Lady® Food Photographer of the Year 2013

And if you register for Pink Lady® Food Photographer of the Year 2013 on 14 November 2012, you’ll be entered into a Prize Draw to win PhotoPlus X5 from Serif to edit, enhance, and organise your entire image collection.

Be happy, get snappy!

For further information please contact: Susan Richmond, Kenyon Communications, Tel: 01673 828764, mobile: 07708 690707, Email:

Dartmoor Landscape Workshop - An Enjoyable Afternoon & Good Weather!

Many thanks to Nigel Hicks ABIPP and everyone who attended the Landscape Workshop on Dartmoor earlier this week.

An enjoyable afternoon was had by all, under the excellent guidance of Nigel.

The weather even decided to behave itself, although apparently it was a bit windy when venturing up to one of the exposed tors!

Here are a few photos from the day...

Copyright of Images: Nigel Hicks ABIPP

24th SUN Awards Private Viewing - 1 November

All BIPP members very welcome to attend!

Afternoon 'Urban Portraiture' Workshop - 6 November

Image Copyright: Jason Light ABIPP

Not long to go now until the Urban Portraiture Workshop with Jason Light ABIPP in Maidstone on Tuesday 6 November from 2pm-5pm.

Jason has a refreshing approach to urban portraiture which relies on using one light source, which could be anything from a single speedlight through a white umbrella or a grid spot, to using two speedlites through a large softbox. This method not only allows him to shoot quickly in terms of setting up, but gives him time to talk to and get to know his subjects. He always works on location using the minimum amount of equipment, and he shoots mainly everything in manual mode without using a light meter.

Jason will share his distinctive approach during this practical workshop which will take place on location in Maidstone. He will cover such aspects as getting the flash off camera and methods by which this can be achieved, and the use of umbrellas and a softbox to produce innovative and original images.

A practical afternoon, creating location portraiture in an urban setting.

£35+VAT (members)
£54+VAT (friends)
£60+VAT (non-members)

Places are limited so first come, first served!

If you'd like to come along please book online at

Featured Qualifier - Claire Baggott LBIPP

Claire Baggott LBIPP

Image Copyright: Claire Baggott LBIPP

Thursday, 18 October 2012

SE Regional Awards 2012 - A Great Afternoon!

The presentation of the South East Regional Awards 2012 was held on board The Tattershall Castle in London on Wednesday 17 October.

Below are some photos from the day - a good afternoon was had by all!

Congratulations again to everyone who received an award.

All winning images can be found at

Image Copyright: BIPP

South East Photographer of the Year 2012, Emily Hancock FBIPP
(with Roy Meiklejon FBIPP, BIPP President)

Image Copyright: BIPP

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Wednesday, 17 October 2012

South East Regional Awards 2012 - Winners!

We're delighted to announce the Winners of the 2012 South East Regional Awards and would like to congratulate everyone who received an award.

All winning images can be found at

Our thanks go to the judges - Bella West FBIPP, Roy Meiklejon FBIPP (BIPP's President), and Russell Baston FBIPP - for the difficult task of selecting the winning images from the excellent standard of entries received.

The presentation was held on board The Tattershall Castle in London this afternoon and we were fortunate that Bella & Roy could join us to present the Awards.

The South East Photographer of the Year 2012 was awarded to Emily Hancock FBIPP.

Emily Hancock FBIPP
South East Photographer of the Year 2012

Featured Qualifier - Tom Redman ABIPP

Tom Redman ABIPP

Image Copyright: Tom Redman ABIPP

Tuesday, 16 October 2012

Congratulations To Our New Qualifiers!

Congratulations to everyone who was successful in achieving their BIPP qualification at the Assessment Day yesterday!

Images from our New Qualifiers will appear on the blog over the next few weeks.

Image Copyright: BIPP
(L-R) Bella West FBIPP, Claire Baggott LBIPP,
Kevin Pengelly FBIPP, Stuart Wood FBIPP

Image Copyright: BIPP
Bella West FBIPP

Image Copyright: BIPP
Kevin Pengelly FBIPP

South East Awards - Final Preparations & Good Luck!

We're putting the finishing touches to preparations for tomorrow's South East Regional Awards Presentation on board The Tattershall Castle in London.

Good luck to everyone that's been short-listed!

The winning images will appear on the BIPP website tomorrow afternoon.

Image Copyright: BIPP
(L-R) Pam Russell, Roy Meiklejon FBIPP, Bella West FBIPP

BIPP Members Amongst Winners of 2012 Army Photographic Competition

We're pleased to announce that the following BIPP members were recognised at the 2012 Army Photographic Competition on 10 October for their outstanding photography from Afghanistan and Army life:

Cpl Andy Reddy (LBIPP) - Army Multimedia
Sgt Russell Nolan (ABIPP) - Army Professional Portrait
Cpl Paul Morrison (LBIPP) - Army Professional Sport/Adventure Training

Congratulations from everyone at BIPP for this fantastic achievement!

Monday, 15 October 2012

Last Chance To Book - Landscapes Workshop!

Last chance to book for the Landscapes Workshop with Nigel Hicks ABIPP this coming Wednesday 17 October from 1.30pm-6.30pm on Dartmoor.

Places are still available and can be booked online at

Image Copyright: Nigel Hicks ABIPP

About Your Tutor:
Nigel Hicks ABIPP is a commercial and editorial photographer, specialising in travel, landscape, nature, architectural and interiors photography both in Britain and internationally.

Workshop Content:

Designed for photographers who want to develop their skills in landscape photography and understand the various aspects of what to look for when searching for potential photographic subjects in the landscape.

Composition - How to look for and compose the subject.
Lighting - how to use the light provided by nature.
Focus - how to use focussing, perspective and lens angles

Time & Venue:

The workshop will be held in woodlands and on moorland near Dartmeet, in the heart of Dartmoor. We’ll be photographing along the banks of the River Dart as it flows through the ancient oak woodlands of the Dart Valley Nature Reserve, plus also on one of the high tors above this valley.

Meeting place is the Dartmeet car park at 1.30pm. Dartmeet is on the road between Ashburton and Tavistock. For those using satnav, the postcode is PL20 6SG, but be warned that the one postcode covers the entire village, which is scattered over quite a large area. GPS coordinates are 50deg 32.633min N, 3deg 52.520min W.

A general range of lens focal lengths from, say, about 17mm to 200mm will be useful, plus macro kit if you have any and feel you might like to take some macro shots. A tripod will be a must, particularly for woodland photography. Wear good walking shoes. Depending on how the weather is in the week running up to the workshop, you may prefer to wear wellies, provided you’re comfortable walking in these. Also make sure you have waterproofing both for yourself and your camera gear. Sadly, we can’t control the weather!

Refreshments are not included so please bring your own snacks & drinks

Simple toilet facilities are available in the Dartmeet car park.

£10+VAT (member)
£15+VAT (non-member)

Featured Qualifier - Gregory Davies LBIPP

Gregory Davies LBIPP

Image Copyright: Gregory Davies LBIPP

October Qualification Assessment Day

Image Copyright: BIPP

We have a full day of Qualification Assessments today.

Good luck to everyone submitting for their BIPP qualification!

Details of successful qualifiers will be highlighted here over the next few weeks.

Friday, 12 October 2012

Jackie King ABIPP - Salisbury - 16 October

Just a reminder about the Jackie King ABIPP Talk on Tuesday 16 October at Wiltshire College, Salisbury, between 3-5pm.

Image Copyright: Jackie King ABIPP

Jackie will be talking about her pathway and transition from University into Photography (12 years ago), showcasing new work and discussing the lessons, experiences and challenges she has encountered along the way and how the BIPP has helped.

Jackie’s background in Film and Fashion propel her signature style of photography and drive her creative essence, cutting her teeth as a stylists assistant on studio and location shoots for magazines and music videos, her attention to detail and artistic flare have encapsulated her unique approach to image taking.

“From photographing musicians in Algeria to celebrating Women in Science and Technology for Imperial College London, I have been delighted by the connections and the characters I have had the pleasure to capture on film and sensor, and I feel very strongly that these are reflected in the final images I have created”.

Jackie studied Fashion & Business Studies at University before working in the Film industry and then studying Photography in America. She also creates fine art imagery and has been exhibited internationally including ART Sydney, Australia, Dimbola Lodge, UK, New York, RAYKO San Francisco, China, and The Mall Galleries in London. In 2009 she achieved her MA in Fashion Photography and this summer completed her teaching qualifications.

For further information please email or call Head Office on 01296 642020.

Please note places are limited.