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- Become a Member of the SWPP & BPPA

   Learn about the Membership Benefits of this Prestigeous Society

Recommended By Us!
As mentioned on our Event Photography Training Course we at System Insight recommend that all Event Photographers join the SWPP - The benefits are well worth the small joining fee !

Check below for full membership benefits.

Society of Wedding and Portrait Photographers & British Professional Photographers Association
Established in 1988 under the Chairmanship of Derek Avery, the Society of Wedding and Portrait Photographers was founded to service the needs of professional wedding and portrait photographers, whether in full or part time occupations.

Founded at much the same time, the British Professional Photographers Associates under the leadership of Nigel Greenstreet, were working with similar goals but encompassed a broader range of photographers.

The aims of the SWPP & BPPA are to encourage high professional standards and ethics in photography by providing continued training programmes that will benefit the experienced professional along with the newcomer to the business. Through its publications it encourages the development and discussion about all aspects of the business of photography and promotes the interests of photographers.

To provide a focused assessment of photographic and allied products, which are of specific interest to those who earn money from their photography and to provide essential information on radical changes in photographic capture, manipulation and output.

To encourage newcomers to the profession by providing support and ongoing print assessments, qualifications and competitions, in order to encourage and inspire them to achieve their ultimate goals

The Benefits of SWPP & BPPA Membership
The SWPP & BPPA currently represents photographers who specialise in the following areas of expertise:

Freelance, Weddings, Photojournalists, Portraits, Equestrian, Children, Digital, Commercial, Fashion & Glamour, Landscape, Sport, Nature, Medical, Animals, Scientific, Architectural, Industrial, Public Relations, Forensic, Research, Natural History, Lecturers, Press, Digital imaging technicians


Current Benefits
There are a wide range of benefits to be had from joining the SWPP and these are constantly been added to:

• Qualifications by submission of work

• Add prestige to your business with a British qualification and gain the letters LSWPP, LBPPA, ASWPP, ABPPA, CrSWPP, FSWPP or FBPPA

• Recognition of qualifications from other photographic organizations

• The Professional Imagemaker Magazine. Seen as one of the most informative magazines in the photographic business.
Magazine contents:Equipment Reviews, Digital Capture, Tutorials, Photographer Profiles, Techniques, Architectural Photography, Marketing Tips, Wedding & Portrait Tutorials, Industry News, High End Capture, Articles, Print Competition, Long Term Trials and Desk Top Publishing

• Use of SWPP & BPPA logos
Members are encouraged to use the logo on web sites, business stationery, displays, adverts etc.

• EUROPES largest 'all welcome' Annual Convention - One of the biggest and best events for the photographer.

• Books & Tutorial CDs. Great resource if you are looking for information.

• FREE SWPP & BPPA Web Site for members.
Our web site attracts many clients looking for photographers around the world.

• FREE to enter monthly Print Competitions by email

• Annual 20 x 16 Print Competition

• Three months Digital Wedding Forum DWP trial

• Read what members say about the SWPP & BPPA

• FREE Mentoring programme

• Reduced Rate Merchant Service facilities. Put your business onto another plateau by accepting credit and debit cards.

• CRB Checks for Photographers. - Do you photograph children? If yes put yourself beyond reproach and obtain a CRB background check.

• Discounted display Advertising with Yellow Pages and Thomsons Directories. Get exposure for your business in these leading directories

• Seminars & Road Shows with major trade involved throughout the UK & Ireland. Discounted seminar places to SWPP & BPPA members.

• All risk equipment insurance, public liability and legal protection. Specially sourced insurance for photographers.

• Low cost accountancy. Save money on your accountancy bill

• Trade sponsored promotions for members

• Discounts on thousands of products and services through logBuy

The SWPP/BPPA is always adding to this list of benefits


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