Sony have confirmed that they will be sponsoring the Overall ‘POTY’ at the 2018 Convention

Sony have confirmed that they will be sponsoring the Overall Photographer of the Year Prize for The Societies Monthly Image Competition with an a7R II worth £2500.00.

The Societies will also be sponsoring with an all inclusive trip to WPPI Las Vegas.

All you need to do to be in with a chance of being named our 2017 ‘Photographer of the Year’ is to enter your images here:

All images which achieve a Gold Award will be assessed in December by our panel of judges to determine our winners!
(All Highly Commended Award images will also be evaluated)

Winners are announced at our prestigious Awards Dinner, attended by over 450 guests each year. Information on the dinner can be found here:

Digital Splash 16 – The BIGGEST Photography Show in the North

Exhibition Centre Liverpool

Digital Splash is the biggest photography and optics show in the North featuring the biggest brands in the business including Canon, Nikon, Panasonic, Olympus, Fujifilm and many more.

Taking place at Exhibition Centre Liverpool on the 15th and 16th October, entry to the show is completely free when you register in advance at – you also get a voucher code to use for 25% off all seminars and workshops when you register too. Hurry, free registration ends on October 7th!

This year’s show is hosted by Damien Demolder and speakers across the two days include internationally acclaimed fine art photographer Jonathan Critchley, Michael Freeman, Faye and Trevor Yerbury, iconic-brand photographer Tim Wallace, photographer, trainer and Nikon ambassador Kate Hopewell Smith, Panasonic Lumix G, Year Ross Grieve, photographer and writer Steve Bloom and husband and wife wildlife team Ann and Steve Toon. View the full line-up at

In addition to the workshops and seminars from top pro photographers the weekend-long event will also include live shoots & demonstrations, photo-walks and inspiring exhibitions. Visitors will also be able to see all of the major photographic brands under one roof including Canon, Nikon, Panasonic, Olympus, Fujifilm, Pentax & Ricoh, Sony, Sigma, Tamron, Lowepro, Manfrotto, The Societies of Photographers and many, many more, with their teams of experts on hand.

Visit to find out more.

August 2016 Photographic Competitions – Open to both members and non-members alike

The Societies of Photographers are pleased to launch August’s Photographic Competitions.

We would like to thank all those who have previously entered The Societies of Photographers’ monthly photographic competitions. This month we launch another two competitions for you to enter and we look forward to seeing more stunning images.

Entries are invited from everyone who is interested in photography.

Lovable Pets Photography Competition

Amazing Insects Photography Competition



ON1 software Prize Draw Winners Announced


The winners of the ON1 software Prize Draw have been announced.

Gillian Lloyd from West Sussex was chosen at random as the winner of the prize draw, with 2nd place going to Sally Johnson from Hampshire.

Congratulations to you both, your prizes will be with you soon!

1st Prize – ON1 Plus Pro

With an ON1 Plus Pro membership, you get ON1’s complete collection of photo editing apps – ON1 Photo 10 – and exclusive access to a photography coaching website that gives you personal interaction with Matt Kloskowski and other top educators.

2nd Prize – ON1 Photo 10

ON1 Photo 10 is a full featured photo editor that works as a plug-in to Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom and as a standalone application. It includes all the ON1 apps: Browse, Effects, Resize, Portrait, Enhance, and Layers.

Our entire collection of apps are included in ON1 Photo 10. Browse, Effects, Resize, Portrait, Enhance, and Layers. Photo 10 works as a plug-in to Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom, and as a standalone application.

ON1 Software have just confirmed 15% off their award-winning photography software and plug-ins for The Societies of Photographers.

Discount code: TheSoc2016

Don’t forget you can also get ON1 Effects 10 for free.

January Open to All Photography Comps – Winners Announced

We are pleased to announce the winners of January’s Open Competitions.

Wild Planet Photography Competition

Winner – Michel Hagege from Magny les Hameaux, France has won 12 months membership to The Society of International Nature and Wildlife Photographers.

Wild Planet

Planes, Trains, and Automobiles Photography Competition

Winner – Louis Capeloto from Florida, USA has won 12 months membership to The Society of International Travel and Tourism Photographers.

Planes, Train and Automobiles

Please check out February’s Open Photography Competitions

Adobe confirm up to 20% off Adobe Creative Cloud Photography for The Societies’ members


The Societies and Adobe invite you to become a Creative Cloud Photography plan member today and save up to 20% on your first year!

You’ll pay just £8.08 every month for the first year for a Creative Cloud Photography plan membership which includes access to Photoshop CC and Lightroom.

Offer valid from January 20, 2017 to June 2, 2017, for members of The Societies only.

To take advantage of this offer check out the Members’ Offers section of The Societies’ Forum.

Vote for your favourite photographic products and services of the year

Votes are now pouring in for The Societies of Photographers’ 2015 Trade Awards, recognising businesses in the photographic industry from best professional software to the best professional digital camera.

Photographers are encouraged to nominate companies or products that they feel deserve the recognition of this prestigious award.


Best Professional Flashgun
Best Professional Lighting
Best Professional Lab
Best Professional Album
Best Professional Paper
Best Professional Digital Camera
Best Professional Lens
Best Professional Printer
Best Professional Studio Accessory
Best Professional Software
Best Professional Customer Service
Best Professional Website provider
Best Professional Frame
Best Professional Training
Trade Awards
The Trade Awards are presented at The Societies’ Awards Dinner during the London Photographic Convention.

Voting closes on the 31 December 2015.

Vote now:

Over £6,000s worth of photographic prizes to be won!


Feeling lucky? Then don’t miss our fantastic selection of brand new prize draws worth over £6,000!

The Societies of Photographers are pleased to announce 12 new photographic prize draws where photographers can enter to win products and services up to the value of £6,000 including a camera, albums and a printer.

To enter the prize draws you will need to visit the SWPP website and fill out the required forms.

Current Prize Draws

  • Win a Olympus OM-D E-M10 II PLUS 14-42 EZ lens
  • Win a copy of Light Blue Software
  • Win a Datacolor SpyderPRINT
  • Win Click Props
  • Win a Fujifilm Frontier-S DX100 printer and a copy of CARBON software
  • Win a Syrp Genie Mini
  • Win 12 Months Aaduki PI and PL Insurance
  • Win A New Studio Backdrop Every Month For 1 Year!
  • Win Acrylic Prestige Photo Album with matching Album Box and USB Cover with 8GB memory stick
  • Win 1 year subscription of Animoto Professional
  • Win a Hahnemühle Leather Album bundle
  • Win 3XM and Photovalue vouchers


All prizes will be drawn at The Societies’ London Photographic Convention and Trade Show in January.

Phil Jones The Societies of Photographers CEO says, “We are delighted to be hosting these fantastic prize draws at our Convention. Our Exhibitors have provided a fantastic range of equipment and services that I’m sure our delegates would love to win.”

He continues, “Good luck and we look forward to seeing you in the New Year at the Convention.”

Enter now:

Professional Imagemaker December 2015-January 2016 now available online

Imagemaker Dec15-Jan16

The December 2015-January 2016 issue of Professional Imagemaker magazine is now available online

The 148 page issue is filled full of tutorials for photographers, from Catherine Connor on Business, Migration Photo Essay by Darrin Zammit Lupi, Vicki-Lea Boulter, Damian McGillicuddy, John Denton’s Lighting Lab, reviews on the Macphun Creative Kit 2016 and  Portrait Pro v15, plus much more.

The cover picture is by Vicki-Lea Boulter.

You can subscribe to Professional Imagemaker magazine for just £30 a year, it is also available on iOS devices through the Apple Newsstand and a Digital Edition is available to view on your computer, and HTML5 enabled smartphones and tablets.

For more information on this photographic magazine check out the following website: