Nikon wiped the board at this year’s prestigious Technical Image Press Association (TIPA) awards picking up three accolades for its professional products.

Thirty of Europe’s leading photographic magazines from across 13 countries recognised the Nikon D3, D300 and 14-24mm f2.8G ED lens to be the best in their category in terms of overall quality, performance and benefit for the defined end user.

Nikon won in the categories Best D-SLR Professional (D3), Best D-SLR Expert (D300), and Best Professional Lens (AF-S NIKKOR 14-24mm f/2.8G ED). The awards further underpin Nikon’s leadership position in high-end photography and recognise the company’s continued pursuit of excellence.

Robert Cristina, Manager Professional Products and NPS at Nikon Europe comments: “We are delighted that our engineering efforts have been recognised so comprehensively. These three awards affirm our commitment to providing the best imaging and optical technologies in the photography business.”

Comments from TIPA
Best D-SLR Professional: the Nikon D3
“This professional D-SLR is a milestone for Nikon. It’s the first camera from the company with a full-frame, FX-sized sensor of 23.9x36mm. As a result, each pixel featured on the 12.1 megapixel CMOS sensor has a larger size, and that means the low-light performance of this camera is truly incredible”, the TIPA jury commented. The D3 was also praised for its rugged, magnesium-alloy chassis and fast burst rate.

Best D-SLR Expert: the Nikon D300
The TIPA-jury comments: “With its solid design, excellent handling and robust, weather-sealed build quality, the Nikon D300 offers professional quality at a reasonable price. The 12.3 megapixel CMOS sensor delivers stunning results…” The D300 was also recognised for its fast, responsive Autofocus system and high-end features.

Best Professional Lens: the AF-S NIKKOR 14-24mm f/2.8G ED
“This unique ultra-wide-angle zoom offers an extensive array of shooting opportunities for professionals and photo enthusiasts looking for superb optical quality”, the TIPA-jury concludes. The judges also mentioned the lens’s Nano-Crystal Coating, which reduces ghosting and flare between the lens element and the sensor.

Nikon continues to develop excellent products in line with its ambition to be the manufacturer and partner of choice for photographers at all levels.

DPI – The Digital Photography & Imaging Show

In a little under six weeks DPI will open its doors to thousands of professional photographers. DPI is planned as the first multi-branded London-based photographic show where agency and marketing folk and pro-photographers can gain advice and insight into best practice, go hands-on with latest products and solutions and network with their peers.

The Hasselblad Keynote – Christian Paulsen CEO of Hasselblad will provide an insightful review of the professional photography market and its future prospects. The keynote will also include a demonstration of Hasselblad’s industry-leading H3D MII and Hasselblad’s latest Phocus software.

The BJP Inspiration Forum – DPI working with the BJP has assembled a line-up of top industry gurus and practitioners to provide insight and advice on all aspects of the business:

COMMISSIONING PORTRAITS – Anne Braybon, ex-art director for Management Today, transformed the award-winning magazine by investing in cutting-edge portrait photography, and now¹s she doing that again for a series of commissions for the National Portrait Gallery, with photographers such as Don McCullin and Julia Fullerton-Batten.

LEARNING FROM LIFESTYLE TRENDS – Paul Foster, director of photography at Getty Images, explains how the agency analyses lifestyle trends and feeds that into briefs for its photographers and art directors. He will provide insight into how a shoot is put together, from the original idea to commissioning, photography and post-production.

SHOOTING STARS – Harry Borden, top UK portrait photographer, shoots editorial for Time, Fortune and Vanity Fair, and adverts for clients including BT, Channel 4 and Jonnie Walker reveals how he gets the most out of his subjects, often with just a few minutes shooting time, by using the locations to his advantage.
VISUAL JOURNALISM NOW – Sean Smith, award-winning Guardian photographer, illustrates how technology is
changing the way photojournalists work and explains why he has introduced filmmaking and multimedia presentations to his repertoire, shooting video while on assignment for the newspaper in Iraq.

THE ART BUYER’S PERSPECTIVE – Jess Crombie is an art buyer for some of London’s top ad agencies, as well as a photographers’ agent for Magnum Photos and Wyatt Clarke & Jones, commissioning photographers for the NGO’s work in Africa. The session provides an inside look at the contrasting world of advertising and documentary photography from an art buyer’s perspective.

The DPI Seminars – a broad series of 40-minute sessions will provide DPI attendees with detailed presentations of products and solutions.

Seminar presenters include:

Donovan Wylie of Magnum Photographers – speaks, courtesy of HP, about their work and approach

Tony Kirk of Colour Collective – best practice in the implementation of colour management

Richard West of Apple Computers – Retouch. Organise. Publish. Select. Perfect. Deliver.

Kevin Dobson of HP – a forum of photographic industry professionals discuss your specific printing needs

Colin Prior, Travel/landscape photographer, presents the use of technology such as Canon and Apple

Terry Steeley will, for Adobe and Apple, bridge the knowledge-gap, focusing on the key issues faced by photographers working within today’s digital workflow.

Edmond Terakopian, a London-based freelance press photographer, “Photographer Of The Year” at the British Press Awards 2006, will talk about his experiences as a photojournalist

Martin Johns, Epson UK product manager will provide insight into the developments Epson has planned for its range of large format printers.

Apple Solutions’ Experts Theatre

This theatre will provide a hands-on opportunity to try and to learn all about the powerful new Aperture 2 from Apple. The software features incredible tools for managing massive libraries, speeding through photo edits, making essential image adjustments, and delivering photos online and in print using one simple, integrated workflow. Sessions will be held on the hour across both days of the show
Adobe Theatre

The Adobe Theatre will run hourly presentations from some of the best Adobe presenters in the UK showing how Adobe strives to provide professional photographers with effective and elegant solutions to practical problems. The presenters include Robin Preston, and Jonathan Briggs who will provide all the latest tips and tricks for Photoshop CS3, Creative Suite CS3, and Lightroom.

The DPI Live Studio and Workflow Demos

These are presented in association with the ProCentre and Republik Agency.

This feature will provide a guided tour of how to prepare and manage a photo-shoot, then follow through to the subsequent stages of the production workflow. Using a Hasselblad H3D and Profoto lighting, the shots will be captured and then output to the latest Apple MacPro. The presenters will then take the images through the complete retouching process including colour management and then output the images to the latest HP Z series printer.


This professional photography show will be held at London Islington’s Business Design Centre on both Thursday 26th and Friday 27th June 2008 from 10:00 – 18:00.

Exhibitors include: Adobe, Apple Solutions’ Experts, BJP, BPPA, Canon, Colour Collective, CU, DataColor, Dreamtek, Epson, Hasselblad, HP, IDG, Image Reports, Nik Multimedia, Oki, onOne, Pantone, ProCentre, Rapid Group, Republik Agency, Shiraz, Skillset, SWPP, Vertus, Wacom, X-Rite…

The DPI Show will provide pro-photographers and the whole photographic industry with a knowledge-based event where they can attend to see and try the currently creative, the productively profitable and the just plain useful and interesting-to-know solutions and services in digital imaging.
DPI also features the BJP Conference Series that will showcase notable speakers and industry gurus presenting 90-minute sessions on the important topics that face the photographic market today. DPI’s busy seminar programme will present 40-minute sessions on the latest products and solutions for visitors to get first-hand expert advice and then visit the exhibition area for a more hands-on experience.


Photographic forum members on flickr

SWPP & BPPA Forum members have opened a flickr group on behalf of all members.

Member Mark Perry says ‘If there is one thing you get on flickr, that is exposure. If there is one thing that a photographer wants is for people to see and admire their work. I get pleasure from knowing people are getting pleasure from looking at my images, better than boxes of negs & slides that no one ever sees’. Further details can be found here:

SWPP and BPPA Thanks

Following receipt of your letter regarding Aaduki insurance, I”ve just saved over £70 on my renewal with them, simply by mentioning SWPP & BPPA.
It was a good week all round for me as a member – I also received a gold award for my competition entry too.  So thank you very much, your work on behalf of the membership is appreciated!
Sue Gilmore

Sarah Knights Photography

SWPP and BPPA member Sarah Knights Photography from Wiltshire now has an online exhibition

Featuring some of Sarah’s creative wedding and portraiture work.

Sarah has had a passion for photography for over 20 years and is qualified as a licentiate with both the SWPP and BIPP

She says ‘For weddings, I like to meet people before the day, preferably at the venue, to discuss everything in detail, face to face.Nothing is set in stone – I tailor everything to suit their tastes’

Spotlight on Salt Lake City Photographer Dave Newman

Legend social photographer Dave Newman has an online gallery on the SWPP web site. Featuring just some of his superb portrait work he is acknowledges as one of the leaders in the photographic industry with a long career as a professional photographer.

He is recognised for his superb posing and lighting techniques in tradition wedding and portraiture photography.

Dave will also be lecturing at the SWPP and BPPA 2009 January Convention in London

You can see his gallery at:

Photographer Ramon Sammut from Malta has an Exhibition

Ramon Sammut Photographer SWPP and BPPA member Ramon Sammut started photography with the help of a pro photographer and friend. He studied photography on his own and later he expanded his knowledge in England and the States.

Luckily for him, he started digital manipulations from an early stage, when digital photography was still at its infancy. Such early primitive work pushed Ramon to be the first person in the Maltese islands to find a niche market: that of consulting other fellow photographers as regards to “ the digital way”.

With his main office in the heart of the island of Malta, Ramon works on digital editing, tuition and commercial photography, while offering consultancy and business strategy for newcomers in the digital photographic environment, not solely to his local colleagues but also to established photographers in the UK.

As regards to the artistic side, Ramon’s work is quite unique, producing image compositions his way: the hard way. His developed style, both in editing and in digital tuitions, is very much on demand. His style is also very popular and demanded by his established clientele.

Ramon is a senior image editor/photographer with a difference. His effective style and approach made him successful and is considered as one of the best digital image editors in Malta, where digital monochrome is his speciality that mimics the good old times while flavouring it with today’s technology.

His main customers are photographers, trade companies and agencies with the lust to achieve more in today’s competitive digital world. His fluid approach and technically advanced editing created a distinctive style, which standardised his work and made it Ramon’s patent.

See Ramon’s exhibition at: