Dec 4

Written by: host
Wednesday, December 4, 2013 

'Equilibrium' (1 of 5 Images) by Paul Coghlin FBIPP, BIPP Photographer of the Year 2013

The British Institute of Professional Photography (BIPP) held a celebration of professional photography at Buckinghamshire’s Hartwell House on Wednesday 4 December 2013. 

The celebration highlighted the BIPP South East Regional Award winners, the international Professional Photography Awards, and showcased the exceptional images seen throughout the year in BIPP photographic qualifications.  The event culminated in the presentation of the BIPP Photographer of the Year 2013 and the Peter Grugeon Best Fellowship Award 2013. 

BIPP Photographer of the Year 2013

Paul Coghlin FBIPP was awarded BIPP Photographer of the Year 2013 for his portfolio of 5 images in the Visual Arts category, for which he also received a Gold Award.  This is the second time Paul has won this prestigious title, having previously been awarded BIPP Photographer of the Year in 2010. 

Silver awards were presented to Scott Hogg ABIPP (Wedding & Portrait) and Annemarie Farley FBIPP (Visual Arts). 

Bronze awards were presented to Richard Bradbury FBIPP (Commercial) and Dave Hunt ABIPP, who received two bronze awards in Visual Arts.  

BIPP President Roy Meiklejon said ‘it is an honour to acknowledge the achievements, pure skill and dedication of professional photographers. Those who have received awards produced some beautiful and original images which truly stood out from the crowd and encompassed what being a professional photographer is really about.’ 

The BIPP Professional Photography Awards are open to professional photographers who are members of the BIPP, the leading qualifying body of the photographic profession.   

The winning images may be viewed at 

BIPP Qualification Awards 2013

Andy Whale FBIPP was awarded The Peter Grugeon Award for Best Fellowship for his portfolio of portraits.  Although widely known for his London-based commercial work, Andy submitted an exceptional portfolio of portraiture.

Jo Scott FBIPP achieved a Highly Commended Award for her Fellowship submission illustrating the haunting desolation of Manchester’s Victoria Baths.

David Wheeler ABIPP was awarded The Peter Grugeon Award for Best Associateship for his wedding photography. Although only shooting weddings for about five years, David is already becoming known as one of the best wedding photographers in the UK.

Clare Pritchard LBIPP was awarded Best Licentiate 2013.  Clare started her business in 2011 and specialises in children’s portraiture.  Her images have a timeless quality while letting the childrens’ real personalities shine through.

Throughout the year, BIPP Assessors are able to nominate the very best qualification submissions which successfully achieve a Licentiate, Associateship or Fellowship of the BIPP.  These nominations are then considered for the Peter Grugeon Associate and Fellow awards, and the Best Licentiate portfolio.  The Awards are named after the late Peter Grugeon, a Fellow of the Institute best remembered for his world-renowned images of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in honour of her Silver Jubilee in the 1970s.   

South East Regional Awards

Kevin Wilson Hon FBIPP was awarded BIPP South East Photographer of the Year 2013 after  achieving a Gold and Silver in the BIPP South East Regional Awards wedding category. 

Amanda Collins LBIPP received a Silver award and merit in the People and Portraiture category. 

Bronze awards were presented to Scott Johnson ABIPP (Architecture), Lindsay Dobson FBIPP (People and Portraiture), Peter Prior ABIPP (Wedding), and Kevin Beech (Student).  

Two Honorary Fellowships Awarded by the BIPP

To round off a superb celebration of photography two new Honorary Fellowships were awarded by the BIPP to Russell Baston Hon FBIPP and Alan McEwan Hon FBIPP.  The Honorary Fellowships, of which there are less than 20 in the world, were awarded to them both for their outstanding service and commitment to education and to the BIPP.

Russell Baston Hon FBIPP has supported the BIPP’s education policy for many years and has worked with the BIPP to develop its photographic qualifications into some of the most highly regarded in the profession.

Alan McEwan Hon FBIPP has recently retired from his role as Head of Photography, Computing & Design at Edinburgh College, where he inspired hundreds of photography students to forge a career as professional photographers.  Alan has supported the work of the BIPP for many years and is responsible for leading the project which has seen the BIPP’s entry level qualification recognised by the Open College of the Arts.

The day was a memorable celebration of not only the Professional Photography Awards but also the work and achievements from members behind the scenes of the BIPP. Those who have achieved their BIPP qualification show their professionalism and skill with pride and inspire photographers everywhere to strive to always provide the best photography. 

View images from all the winners at


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