Successful members can place the letters LBIPP, ABIPP or FBIPP after their name on cards and email sign-offs etc. This is a sign of quality and helps to reassure a potential client that they are dealing with a qualified, professional photographer. Fellowships are much sought after and only granted to the very best in the business. It’s rare, but some photographers have been known to apply for more than one fellowship, which can be awarded in different disciplines such as ‘wedding’ ‘portrait’ or ‘documentary’ etc. Members are drawn from every field of professional photography, from wedding to scientific, social to commercial.
Fellows of the BIPP form the pool of judges who assess annual awards, so the experienced members of the association are expected to share their knowledge and skills with the membership at large.
The annual BIPP Awards have changed and developed over the years and are there to reflect the ideals of the association, encouraging the highest artistic standards. To enter you’re required to present a set of five images that must work as a series, and these are then assessed as a serious body of work: there are no single image categories.