The British Photographic Council

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• About the British Photographic Council

The British Photographic Council exists to protect, develop and promote the rights and interests of photographic image makers, those involved in the distribution of their work, and the bodies that represent them in the UK.

The Council represents these views to the Government, the European Commission and other relevant bodies either directly or through or with the co-operation of other bodies with similar aims.

• Membership

The British Photographic Council is an umbrella body, and its board is comprised of representatives from its member organisations.Read more...


• Association of Photographers (AOP)

The AOP brings professional photographers together, protecting their rights and promoting photography. We campaign for all photographers and our awards promote the best in photography. We also provide information services, education programmes, exhibitions and publications to support these activities. As image-makers respond to globalisation, the AOP is building an effective network of communications with photographers from around the world. (Website)

• British Institute of Professional Photographers (BIPP)

The British Institute of Professional Photography (BIPP) is the qualifying body for professional photographers in the UK. We qualify, train and support photographers across all types of photography – from architectural to advertising photography. (Website)

• British Press Photographers Association (BPPA)

The British Press Photographers’ Association (BPPA) was founded in 1984 by UK press photographers to promote and inspire the highest ethical, technical and creative standards from within the profession. The BPPA provides its members with a voice to raise awareness and appreciation of our industry. The membership is drawn from every part of the country, and represents the broadest selection of newspaper, magazine and agency photographers. (Website)

• Chartered Institute of Journalists (CIOJ)

The Chartered Institute of Journalists is the world’s longest established professional association for journalists. Formed in 1884, the Institute was granted a Royal Charter by Queen Victoria and has been serving the interests of our profession ever since. Our members are professionals in their field and individuals in attitude. They belong to the Institute because they want to be part of an organisation that is dedicated solely to protecting and serving the best interests of journalists and journalism. (Website)

• Editorial Photographers UK (EPUK)

EPUK was founded in 1999 by a small group of photographers who wanted to create an email group to address business issues affecting photographers working in the UK and Irish editorial markets. Everything EPUK does is produced by full-time photographers working in their spare time. EPUK’s moderators work behind the scenes making the list run smoothly, as well as vetting membership, writing website articles and working with other photographers groups. (Website)

• Master Photographers Association (MPA)

The MPA is the premier professional organisation for Wedding, Portrait and Commercial Master Photographers. If you are looking for a wedding, portrait or commercial photographer in your area, then one of our 1,600 fully qualified members will assure you of the highest professional service. All qualified members adhere to a strict Code of Conduct and have undergone qualification to at least Licentiate standard. Established in 1952, the MPA is unique in that it only allows full-time professional photographers to remain in membership. Each must have undergone a rigorous assessment of their work – and only then do they appear in our Online Directory. (Website)

• National Association of Press Agencies (NAPA)

Set up in 1982 the Association draws its membership from the premier agencies providing news and picture coverage of every town and city in the UK. NAPA itself is a self-help body, administered on a largely voluntary basis by members of the Association. Its main objectives are to further the interests of its members and maintain professional standards of conduct. (Website)

• National Union of Journalists (NUJ)

If you are a journalist the NUJ is the union for you. The NUJ is the voice for journalists and journalism. We are an active, campaigning organisation seeking to improve the pay and conditions of our members and working to protect and promote media freedom, professionalism and ethical standards in all media. The NUJ is an active union with our members taking part in campaigning, negotiating and lobbying, seeking to ensure we are properly rewarded for the skilled work we do. At the same time, when things do get tough at work, the NUJ is there to represent you and stand up for your rights. (Website)

• Pro-Imaging (PI)

Pro Imaging is an international group of full time professional photographers based in thirty or so countries . Launched in 2004 by two photographers based in the UK it provides a private forum for the discussion of all aspects of running and developing the members’ businesses, who freely give advice and support to one another on every topic in a mutual spirit of community 24/7. Pro Imaging runs high profile campaigns in support of all photographers, and developed the Bill of Rights for fair photo competitions in 2008. Another campaign is against the passing of the Orphan Works Bill through U.S. Congress. (Website)

• Redeye

Redeye, the Photography Network, is based in North West England. It aims to make life easier for photographers and photography in the region and beyond, by providing information, opportunities, events, training and professional development. It is a voluntary sector non profit company. Anyone can become a subscriber free of charge. (Website)

• The Royal Photographic Society (RPS)

The Royal Photographic Society was founded in 1853 ‘to promote the Art and Science of Photography’, a mission it continues to this day. Membership is open to everyone interested in photography in the UK and throughout the world, be they amateur or professional, artist or scientist, young or old. (Website)