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:

jul Monthly Image Competition JulyMonthly Image Competition July 2024

augMonthly Image Competition AugustMonthly Image Competition August 2024

05augAll DayWorkshop - Mastering Family PhotographyIn this photography workshop dedicated to the art of family photography, we will explore how to get the most out of your time with a client, creating stunning images as we go. BIPP members will receive a 10% discount.

sepMonthly Image Competition SeptemberMonthly Image Competition September 2024

09sepAll DayWorkshop - Mastering Ordinary To Extraordinary Studio PhotographyWhether you are looking to create beautiful studio portraits for lifestyle or personal branding style images cramming your entire studio into bags, travelling to a home or town-centre location and exploding into a small unfamiliar space with uncontrollable lighting, immovable furniture and low ceilings can make this a daunting experience! This workshop is here to make things easier. BIPP members will receive a 10% discount.

octMonthly Image Competition OctoberMonthly Image Competition October 2024

14octAll DayWorkshop - Guiding Light Photographers RetreatIncredible two-day photography retreat held at Limepark in Northern Ireland. Headlined by incredible photographers Neil Redfern, Helen Williams, Natalie Martin, Mark Barnes and Sam McDermott ABIPP. Two days of amazing education, team building, business talks and of course our big wrap party! BIPP members will receive a 10% discount.

14octAll DayWorkshop - Mastering Dog PhotographyIn this Masterclass, we’ll learn how dogs behave, how to stay in control of the shoot (and the dog’s owner!) and how to create stunning images of man’s best friend. BIPP members will receive a 10% discount.

22octAll Day23October QualificationsThree qualification levels to get accredited status with one of the highest respected qualification pathways in the industry.

04novAll DayWorkshop - Mastering Advanced Studio LightingThis workshop is for those looking to add a touch of class and something different to their studio portrait lighting. Each of our workshops is adjusted to suit those attending and with a small number of delegates. BIPP members will receive a 10% discount.