People consider joining BIPP for lots of reasons. Their wish to develop as a professional photographer is often at the top of the list, along with easy access to professional training and the most respected professional qualifications in photography. There’s also The Photographer magazine, legal advice and services. See below for a full list of benefits and download a copy of our brochure here.

However, one of the most important reasons people stay as members is because they enjoy the benefit of being part of a community:  regional meetings, national competitions, conferences and events provide opportunities to talk to like-minded photographers.

Membership of the British Institute of Professional Photography is open to full or part time professional photographers from all disciplines.

For details about different membership options please use the links below:


As a qualified member of BIPP you would have access to a huge range of benefits:

  • internationally recognised professional qualifications...leading to increased prominence in the market place
  • recognition of your qualification by other organisations and employers
  • the opportunity to achieve a BA (Hons) Photography degree through the OCA with just one year of study
  • a tiered structure offering continual professional development
  • qualifications advice
  • events and seminars across the country
  • portfolio reviews
  • regional meetings
  • subsidised training by industry leaders
  • entry to the Professional Photography Awards 
  • the Photographer magazine
  • regular email updates
  • use of the BIPP logo
  • your own portfolio page on
  • business generation leads
  • free resources - contracts, licensing, releases etc.
  • discounted display advertising
  • preferential deals from 3rd party companies
  • international network of contacts
  • credit card processing packages
  • free 24/7 legal helpline
  • exclusive UK access to the Federation of European Photographers
  • the peace of mind that comes with a framework of a code of professional conduct and complaints procedure
  • promotion of qualified members to the users of photography/buyers