Home of the BIPP,

The only Institute exclusively for professionals in the photographic industry. Our 120-year history leaves the Institute with something for every niche and genre, whilst fostering community, celebrating members and providing a voice for the collective whole – welcome to our home.



Where do you need to be?

To get started, select from the following two areas:

I’m hiring

We have a whole host of resources that aim to help you quickly narrow down and select the right creative for your project. From commercial to wedding, head to the Hiring area to learn more:

I am a professional

Whichever career you’ve chosen, as creatives we all are a family. We have resources and support for those who make a living in the technical visual fields as well as a community of like-minded individuals to meet today.

Who we are:

On 28 March 1901 one hundred photographers assembled at a hotel in Fleet Street, and unanimously formed ‘The Professional Photographers’ Association’. Branches were formed in Birmingham, Edinburgh, Hull and Liverpool. By 1907 the membership stood at 757. Since then the numbers have pulsed up and down along with the times and there have been three name changes before settling with the British Institute of Professional Photography.

With more of our members now fulfilling multiple roles on client jobs, including videography, drone work and advanced retouching, the purpose of the institute was re-written. The Institute evolved once again into its shortened name, The BIPP, embracing its international membership fully across 31 different countries.

The story is not yet fully written, and there is much more to see from our heritage archives too. Why not learn more about us?

Monthly Image Competition

Image – Katie Brockman (Gold awarded in March)

What’s on:

apr Monthly Image Competition AprilMonthly Image Competition April 2024

27aprAll DayWPC ResultsWorld Photographic Cup, a unique "Olympic" styled competition, is the only photo contest open to national teams of professional photographers and artists representing their countries (one for each country).

mayMonthly Image Competition MayMonthly Image Competition May 2024

21mayAll DayMay QualificationsThree qualification levels to get accredited status with one of the highest respected qualification pathways in the industry.

junMonthly Image Competition JuneMonthly Image Competition June 2024

23junAll Day25Click Live ExpoA destination event for photographers from around the world.15 Portfolio Pods with sets, lighting and models for you to shoot with talks by world-famous educators.

julMonthly Image Competition JulyMonthly Image Competition July 2024

augMonthly Image Competition AugustMonthly Image Competition August 2024

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