The Societies’ Photographer of the Year Awards 2016 Results Announced


The Societies of Photographers are pleased to announce the twenty six category winners and the overall winner of their 2016 Photographer  of the Year Awards.

The competition is a truly international success with 10,468 entrants from all four corners of the globe entering via monthly categories from nature, architectural, landscapes, sport, monochrome…to all styles of wedding and portraiture.

Darrin Zammit Lupi from Malta was awarded the coveted Photographer of the Year by The Societies during the Awards Dinner at their annual Convention and London Photo Show. Over four hundred guests were present at the Awards Dinner in London Saturday January 14.

The judges commented, “This image captures geometry combined with a definitive moment. The gentleman in the hat is a wonderful focal point.”

In addition to receiving his trophy Darrin also walked away with a Fujifilm XT2 Camera with XF518-55mm Lens and a fully paid ticket to the WPPI Convention in Las Vegas with a flight and 5 nights Accommodation to the value of £3,200.00.

Darrin says “A night I’ll remember for the rest of my life. Awarded 1st Place Overall Photographer of the Year 2016, as well as Street Photographer of the Year, at The Societies for Photographers in London .”

He continues “The photo which clinched it was taken a few months ago at the entrance to Valletta”

For full details on The Societies’ Photographer of the Year Awards 2016 please check out the website:

10 Essential Things to do at The Societies’ 2017 Convention

Adobe Seminars

The Societies’ London Photo Convention Trade Show from 13-15 January 2017 at the Hilton London Metropole hotel. Don’t forget free registration ends Friday 6 Jan 17. So make sure you register before then to secure your free Trade Show tickets.

10 Essential Things to do at The Societies’ 2017 Convention

1. See the winners of 20×16” Print Competition
The Societies’ 20×16” Print Competition winners will be showcased during the Trade Show. You’ll be able to see the images up close and if you make it for the judging (Wednesday 11-Thursday 12 Jan) you can see some of the world’s best photographers critiquing and scoring the entries.

2. Join Sue Bryce for a Full-Day Seminar
From powerful posing techniques to marketing that speaks out loud, this is a dynamic day of HOW TO shoot, style & pose, market to and sell contemporary portrait photography.

3. Master post-production at the Adobe Seminar Room
Adobe will be running a series of seminars to give you the opportunity to boost your digital editing skills. From getting to grips with Lightroom to using Photoshop for video editing, you’re sure to pick up a few new tips.

4. Join a Fujifilm Photo Walk
Nathan Wake from Fujifilm will be once again taking small groups of photographers out and about with the latest cameras and lenses. If you are thinking of purchasing a Fujifilm X Series camera or accessory then there is no better place to ‘try before you buy’, with expert advice on hand.

5. Get the skill to take your photography to the next level with The Photographer Academy
The Photographer Academy have arranged a series of free seminars for The Societies’ Convention. Each day the demos take you to another level of photography bringing new styles, new concepts and new skills sets.


6. Win over £6,000s worth of photographic prizes!
Feeling lucky? Then don’t miss The Societies fantastic selection of brand new prize draws worth over £6,500 including an Olympus OM-D E-M1 Digital Camera with 12-40mm PRO and 40-150mm PRO Lenses, Datacolor SpyderPRINT, Fujifilm Frontier-S DX100 printer and an iPad!

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

All prizes will be drawn at The Societies’ London Photographic Convention.

7. Connect with your peers at the Welcome Party
Join us on this great social night to get your Convention experience off to a terrific start.

This feature of the Societies’ 2017 Convention is a must for all attendees, who want to get to know fellow photographers. So remember to bring your camera and prepare to capture some great fun moments.

This evening includes a buffet meal and is a great way to socialise.

8. Take your business to the next level
The Societies’ Business School has created an amazing reputation in a few short years, it is now an intrinsic part of the annual Convention and all those delegates who attend leave with a wealth of information to plough straight back into their businesses.

9. Living Light with Elinchrom and The Flash Centre
The Flash Centre will be back again in January with another great lineup of speakers giving everyone who attends The Societies’ 2017 Convention Trade Show the opportunity to listen and learn from some of the best in the industry.

10. Take advantage of the exclusive 2017 Convention deals?
The 2017 exhibitors have gone all out this year and have come up with some fantastic offers. Make sure you check out The Societies’ vouchers page to find all the latest deals and free gifts.

The Societies’ Convention Trade Show from 13-15 January 2017 at the Hilton London Metropole hotel.

Don’t forget free registration ends Friday 6 Jan 17. So make sure you register before then to secure your free Trade Show tickets.

For more information on The Societies 2017 Convention, please visit the link below:



Last chance to register for your FREE Tickets to The Societies’ 2017 London Photo Trade Show

Canon at London Photo Trade Show

If You Are An Aspiring Photographer This Convention And Trade Show Is A Must!

The ‘big guns’ of the photo industry are gearing up for the 2017 Photo Trade Show in London.

Canon, Olympus, Sony, Fujifilm, Manfrotto, Elinchrom, Adobe and Zeiss are just some of the leading companies lined up to show their products at The Societies’ London Convention and Trade Show.

To date bookings have been flooding in with attendees eager to see what is on offer and to build their ‘wish list’ of gear for their upcoming year.

The Societies’ CEO Phil Jones says ‘This is a great opportunity to be the first to see new products and services on offer from major manufacturers in the photographic industry. The Trade Show also offers attendees a comprehensive schedule of live demonstrations and lectures which makes it a must for those who are serious about their photography’.

Photographers planning to visit the biggest photographic Convention ever held in Europe, can still access the Trade Show element of the London-based event free of charge, if they pre-register before 6 January 2017.

The three-day trade show organised by The Societies, will be held at the Hilton London Metropole Hotel, Edgware Road, London, W2 1JU, starting on Friday 13 January 2017.

Over 100 exhibitors are preparing to show the latest products and services from the photographic industry.

Phil Jones, The Societies’ CEO says, “There is no question that this show is a ‘must-do’ event for all serious photographers”

He added, “Many of the trade have negotiated special deals for the 2017 Trade Show. There will also be a range of free demonstrations from some of the key players within the industry, such as Adobe, The Flash Centre, Fujifilm…to name a few.

Our 2017 Convention will simply be the biggest event of its kind ever held in Europe – and our message to photographers is simple ‘Don’t miss it’.”

For more information on The Societies 2017 Convention, please visit the link below:

The Societies’ Monthly Image Competition Opens for 2017

Photographer of the Year Judging

2017 marks a new start for The Societies’ Monthly Image Competition.

Before members start to upload to the competition, we ask that you quickly check the rules, category definitions and the How to Successfully Upload Your Images to the Monthly Competition forum thread.

For the new Monthly Image Competition login details please see the How to Successfully Upload Your Images to the Monthly Competition forum thread.

We look forward to seeing all your entries throughout 2017.

My Voyage of Discovery competition makes the papers


The Society of International Travel and Tourism Photographers’ competition makes the headlines.

The Society of International Travel and Tourism Photographers are pleased to announce that their My Voyage of Discovery photographic competition has caught the eye of the UK media.

The winning image of a Buddhist monk being rowed through the morning mist by Jewel Chakma has been published in The Daily Telegraph (Thursday 22 December 2016) and published online on the Daily Mail website and The Sun.

But it wasn’t just the winning image that captured the press’ imagination. Vytenis Malisaukas’ image of a train crossing Glenfinnan Viaduct in Scotland was published online by The Scotsman. The Times printed John Massey’s photo of The Old Man of Storr.

Phil Jones The Societies CEO says, “It’s fantastic to see our members getting recognition and publicity for their wonderful photography. We are preparing a range of photographic competitions for 2017 and we look forward to seeing the results in the national news again”.

He continues, “We have been very fortunate to share our members work with the UK and International press and over the years we have been featured in the Daily Mail, ITV News, Amateur Photographer magazine, Express and The Telegraph to name a few.”

For a full list of SITTP members in the news please see:
For a full list of SINWP members in the news please see:

Fujifilm Photo Walks at The Societies’ 2017 Convention

Nathan Wake

Get hands-on with the latest Fujifilm X Series cameras and equipment at the Societies’ 2017 Convention.

At 13:00 and 15:00 on the Friday, Saturday and Sunday of the Convention you can join Fujifilm expert, Nathan Wake, for a unique photo walk where you can get hands on with the latest equipment. Limited to just 4 photographers per session, we envisage this will be a popular event. It is totally free of charge to attend and if you are thinking of purchasing a Fujifilm X Series camera or accessory then there is no better place to ‘try before you buy’, with expert advice on hand.

To book yourself on to one of the Photo Walks please email with your preferred day and time.

You’ll need to meet at the Fujifilm stand (M13–M17) 10 minutes prior to the walk starting. Photo ID required for loan equipment.

Friday 13 January 2017 – 13:00 – FULL
Friday 13 January 2017 – 15:00 – FULL
Saturday 14 January 2017 – 13:00 – FULL
Saturday 14 January 2017 – 15:00 – FULL
Sunday 15 January 2017 – 13:00
Sunday 15 January 2017 – 15:00


Vote for your favourite photographic products and services of the year

Canon UK

Votes are now pouring in for The Societies of Photographers’ 2016 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

The Trade Awards are presented at The Societies’ Awards Dinner during the London Photographic Convention.

Voting closes on the 31 December 2016.

Vote now:

Professional Imagemaker December 2016/January 2017 now available online

Damian McGillicuddy's Tribute to the Fallen – Lest We Forget

The December 2016/January 2017 issue of Professional Imagemaker magazine is now available online.

The bumper, 164 page issue is filled full of tutorials for photographers, from One Light Portraits with Tony Corbell, Sean Conboy on Architecture photography, Paul Gallagher Landscape photography plus much more.

The cover picture is by Damian McGillicuddy – Tribute to the Fallen – Lest We Forget

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:

The Societies’ Photographer of the Year 2016 – Judging Complete

The final judging of the year to find The Societies’ Photographer of the Year 2016 has now been competed.

The 26 category winners were chosen from all the Gold Awards and Highly Commended Upgrades from 2016. After this all the category winners were put forward to The Societies’ Photographer of the Year 2016 Award.

This year we have seen a bumper crop of images and the judges have assessed 10,468 images that have been entered in to the Monthly Image Competition.

The category winners and The Societies’ Photographer of the Year 2016 will be announced at the Awards Dinner during the 2017 London Photo Convention.

We would like to take this time to thank all the members that have submitted images over the course of the year and to all our judges who have given their time.

EizoA big thanks also goes to Eizo for supplying a ColorEdge monitor, to make sure the images were assessed on a fully colour managed and high-quality screen.

Good luck to all the entrants and we look forward to seeing you all at the Awards Dinner.