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Wow! What a week it was...

This years Societies' Annual Convention held in London has been described by many as the most positive, uplifting and educational experience, with a mix of photographers and artists from all across the globe, all gathered under one roof to enjoy the event.

It had lively conversations and social experiences, linked together by the common International language of photography.

We here at The Societies wish to say a massive thank you to everybody who attended, all the helpers, staff, speakers and exhibitors. Next year can't come soon enough!

We are listening, please help us with a little feedback by filling in this survey and to be in win with a chance of winning a Black Rapid Yeti camera strap (worth £75)



The Societies' Photographer of the Year 2015

The results of the 2015 Photographer of Year have been announced. You can view the winning image here:

We would like to take this opportunity to congratulate all the winners for their outstanding achievement in this year competition.

Out of 11,739 images entered, the competition was fierce and the overall winning images deserve the accolades they received.

For a full list of all the winners see the link below
The Societies' Trade Awards 2015

The Societies Trade Awards have become prestigious within the photographic industry. We have 16 categories from the Best Professional Digital Camera to the Best Professional Photographic Service.

Each category winner will receive a trophy and most of all the satisfaction of knowing that over 7,500 photographers think that their product or service is the best in the industry.

See the winners here http://thesocieties.net/trade_awards/

Successful Qualification Submissions

  • Angela Adams FSWPP
  • Vicki-Lea Boulter FSWPP
  • David Edmonson FSWPP
  • Luke Edmonson FSWPP
  • Mark Seymour FSWPP
  • Mark Seymour FSWPP
  • Sarah Tate FSWPP
  • Jocelyn Conway FSWPP
  • Anne Algar FSINWP
  • Steve Allen FSINWP
  • Adrian Henson FSINWP
  • Steve Allen FSITTP
  • Audrey Kelly ASWPP
  • Alistair Campbell ASWPP
  • Michalis Taliadoros ASWPP
  • Neil Shearer ASWPP
  • Nedine O'Brien ASWPP
  • Martin Barrow LSWPP
  • Chris Woodman LSWPP
  • Haydn Bartlett LSWPP
  • Rebecca Challis LSWPP
  • Christopher Pike LSWPP
  • Adrian O'Neill LSWPP
  • Mark Hewitson LSWPP
  • Lee Sutton LSWPP
  • Paul Murphy LSWPP
  • Andy Howe LSINWP
  • Brian Battensby LSISLP

View all the panels here http://www.thesocieties.net/qualifications-latest.htm

Were you a winner?

The winners of the prize draws where held at the trade show at the Convention. There are 16 prizes waiting to be claimed! Did you win?

Find out here http://swpp.co.uk/competition/

Last few days to get your images in for January, deadline is Monday Feb1st 8.00am

Even though we receive up to 2,000 entries per month sadly 100s of our talented members as yet have not participated. So for all those who have not submitted then make this month extra special by uploading your images today.

Forgotten the upload instructions - no problem visit the Forum


The Societies' 2016 Convention - Trade Show offers Extended

Missed the Trade Show? Don’t miss these fantastic details.

Photographic News

  • The new PENF proves beauty has no need for DSLR beasts
  • Mitsubishi Electric launches new photo kiosk for stores big on ideas but short on space
  • Macphun Announces Aurora HDR Pro Version 120
  • Manfrotto Presents The New 190Go Full Range
  • New France Themed Frame Pack Add Some Parisian Chic to Your Photos
  • Hundreds of Photographers Vote for PermaJets Titanium Lustre as the Best Professional Paper of 2015

View all news here http://swpp.co.uk/news/2016/index.htm

Datacolor – Colour Calibration Equipment

If you missed the recent Societies’ Convention then this is your chance to catch up with a free re-run of the highlights of one of the Masterclasses demystifying how to get your colours accurate.

In this webinar Richard will take you through how to create a colour managed photographic workflow. Starting with how to make sure you capture ‘true’ colours with your cameras, he’ll help you take control of your colour accuracy through retouching to final output, be that print, web or apps.
The session, exclusively laid on for the Societies / SWPP members, will include a host of tips and tricks and end with a chance for you to type in your questions on how to optimise your workflow which can be covered at the end of the session.
For those who weren’t able to make it to the Societies Convention this will also contain any ‘while stocks last’ promotions from the show.

Feb 2 2016 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM (GMT)

Register online now!

Missed the show? Don’t miss out on these fantastic deals from Datacolor Spyder!


Get 13 issues of Professional Photo magazine and 4 issues of Pro Moviemaker for just £20.


Offer ends: 29/2/16


Join us for these two shows coming up in February.

09/02/16 - Dunadry, Dunadry Hotel, County Antrim.
11/02/16 - Dublin, Red Cow Moran Hotel, Dublin 22

Speakers Include -

Podge Kelly
Charlie Kaufman
Damian McGillicuddy
Richard West
John Denton

Book your free tickets now http://thesocieties.net/roadshows/

January 2016 Photographic Competitions - Last chance to enter.

Wild Planet
Planes, Trains, and Automobiles
Classical Nude
Automotive Action
Outdoor Events

Entries are invited from everyone who is interested in photography

Enter Here


During this half day session you’ll learn how to:

Set up your business page for success
Create content that's relevant to your target audience
Get started with Facebook advertising
Build custom audience lists for advertising
Create and target lookalike audiences
Use facebook advertising to generate enquiries and increase bookings

We’ll also demonstrate the benefit of online selling and show you how you can use 3XM galleries in your business.

Save £10 by using code SWPP16


Rewatch: SWPP Winner Richard P Walton’s Bride And Groom Shoot For Engage Live

On Friday from 10am til 11.30am, Engage Live will be streaming a rewatch of a mock bride and groom shoot that was filmed with Richard P Walton here in their Northern Irish HQ as part of a three-day Wedding & Portraiture class in July 2015.

Check out the Engage Live blog and access the stream free

January SALE ends soon: 50% OFF PortraitPro +  EXTRA 15% OFF with your code SWPPEXTRA. Any edition or upgrade. 

Winner of the The Societies' 2015 "Best Professional Software" award, nominated by its users, PortraitPro 15 includes features that were the most requested by photographers. It's now even even quicker, easier and more powerful. 

January 50% off sale + extra 15% discount code SWPPEXTRA

PortraitPro 15 offers you more tools than ever for creating incredible portraits. Download the free trial now.

50% OFF SALE now on, plus you'll save an EXTRA 15% with your code SWPPEXTRA if you buy or upgrade at www.PortraitPro.com/editions now! This January deal must end soon.

Free trial Buy now

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