Professional bodies

BIMA: British Interactive Media Association

BFI: British Film Institute

BAFTA: British Academy of Film and TV

BIPP: British Institute of Professional Photography

NAB: The Voice of Broadcasters in the Nations Capital

IPG: Independent Publishers Group

AOP: Association of Publishing

PACT: Producers Alliance for Cinema and Television

NPA: New Producers Alliance

NUJ: National Union of Journalism

BECTU: Broadcasting Entertainment Cinematography and Theatre Union

BIPP is the media body that apply to me the most. It is the British Institute of Professional Photography.

BIPP is run by photographers, for photographers, in conjunction with a small Head Office Team.

Our Advisory Boards, Board of Directors (elected by our Members) and all Regional Committees are run by volunteers, who give their time freely. The BIPP’s structure ensures that we are able to adapt quickly and effectively to the ever-changing photographic industry.

• Membership Services Advisory Board – made up of regional and national representatives from our membership.
• Board of Directors – elected from the Membership Services Advisory Board
• Continuing Professional Development Advisory Board – focuses on education, training and qualifications.

There is a general agreement that professional photography emerged in 1842, just three years after William Fox Talbot demonstrated his ‘photogenic drawings’ to the Royal Institution and the Royal Society.  The evidence is in an advertisement suggesting that photographic portraits would make useful Christmas presents, studios were besieged and photography emerged as a profession.

On 28 March 1901, at a meeting at a hotel in Fleet Street, one hundred photographers assembled and unanimously formed ‘The Professional Photographers’ Association’. Branches were formed in Birmingham, Edinburgh, Hull and Liverpool and in 1907 the membership stood at 757. Evolving through the years and after three name changes, we have become The British Institute of Professional Photography.


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