Jul 26

Written by: host
Friday, July 26, 2019 

Dear British Institute of Professional Photography Member,

I have had the honour of being appointed as your new CEO and look forward to serving you, the membership. It has only been seven weeks since taking on this role and I am really pleased with what we have achieved in such a short period of time.

My first job has been to build a process in the office for the new regional awards, culminating in the print judging at The Artistry House last month. Most regions have now held their awards presentations, I have attended and received a warm welcome at all of these presentations.
I am happy to report that the whole process, starting with the digital entry, through to the print round, has been incredibly successful and has well received by everyone who has taken part. I am excited about the future of the regional awards and looking forward to helping the regions build on this success.
To add more value to your investment in printing, any image that made it through to the print round will be automatically entered into the national print competition which will be held towards the end of September. We will announce the entry dates and judging dates in the coming weeks… get ready!

You should have also now received the latest issue of The Photographer magazine which is full of interesting articles and beautiful images, including an introduction to our new home, the inspiring and creative Artistry House. We have big plans for the magazine, adding more value and interest to you, if you want to have any input to a feature or article or there is something you would like to see in future issues, please drop me a line.

Regions, the cornerstone of the institute:

I ask you to get involved in your local region. Bring a friend or let your local chair know who you would like to visit to give a presentation. It could be about photography, or maybe you’re interested in including video in your business, social media and how to get the best from it, Lightroom/Photoshop/retouching or sales and marketing.  We have access to some of the best practice professionals spanning many aspects of imaging, from capture, to print and beyond. 

In October I will be gathering all the regional Chairs together in order to plan a complete programme of events for 2020. By November we will have in place a national diary with regional and national events, along with qualifications and regional and national print competitions.

Dates for your diary:

World Photographic Cup Entry Now Open. Deadline: 1st August
Let’s compete against the world’s best. One of the advantages of your BIPP membership is being part of the Federation of European Photographers, giving us access to this fantastic international event. The World Photographic Cup is an international, inter-organisation competition showcasing the very best in contemporary photography from 32 countries including USA, China, Finland, Mexico & Russia amongst many others. There are six different categories and Australia were last years winners overall. The 2020 WPC ceremony will be held in Rome.
Richard Bradbury FBIPP is our team leader and we want as many of our members to get involved as possible. There is no cost to enter, please click here for more information.

7th August: GFX 100 and Broncolor Day
Nathan Wake from Fuji and Chris Burfoot from Broncolor will be attending an open day at our new office, you will have the opportunity to test the new GFX 100 and Broncolor lighting kit around our beautiful building….Come along any time but please click here to give us an indication on numbers

3rd September: Qualifications Day
We have revamped the qualifications process and documentation (more details towards the end of this email). If you wish to progress with your qualifications please email us at so we can guide you through the process.

Also taking place in September will be a live Facebook session with Sally Sargood from Animoto. Animoto is a cloud-based video creation service that creates video slideshows and customised web-based presentations from your images, video clips, and music. It’s an amazing way to create content and could be another valuable tool in your arsenal.

2nd,3rd 4th October, Drone training with Skeye Train
We’re partnering with CAA approved Skeye Train Commercial Drone Training to enable interested members to undertake three days of training at our Preston office, including an exam, which if successful, will enable delegates to obtain their CAA licence. We have secured an amazing price of £475 for BIPP members (£675 +VAT for non-members) plus accommodation and food. We have also negotiated an exclusive rate for delegates at an amazing boutique hotel 100 meters from the office of £90 including breakfast (normally £160).
The course is limited to 15 places, so if you want to attend please register by clicking here.

Trade Partners 
I am also starting the process of rebuilding our relationship with strategic trade partners. In the past the attitude has simply been how much money we can squeeze out of them, but the world has changed, companies just don’t have the budget they once had.
I’m going to completely change the way we interact with our partners, like you, they need value from their membership with us. We need to be flexible and build a bespoke relationship with each partner.

More on Qualifications

As mentioned above, we have been working on the qualifications process and have made a number of very positive changes. The next qualifications assessment date is September 3rd and depending on numbers possibly also September 4th. It will take place at the Artistry House, Preston.

Licentiateship applications can now be submitted digitally, although you can still qualify with a printed panel if you prefer.
Associateship and Fellowship panels are required to be submitted as 20”x16” mounted prints, which we feel is a must at these qualification levels, although supporting evidence can now be sent digitally, alleviating the need to print four sets as in the past. Click here to learn more.

I believe we have so many opportunities ahead of us. I have a very long to-do list, but I am very excited about some of the changes and plans we have. Already we have started implementing some of these plans and I will continue to keep members informed about the progress we are making.
As always, I would love to hear your thoughts and ideas, my door is always open.

I look forward to meeting you all over the next few months at the regional meetings.

Kind regards,

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