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SWPP and WPPI Join Forces
SWPP and WPPI join forces to offer more benefits for photographers.

The Societies are delighted to announce that USA based wedding and portrait organisation WPPI will be working closely with The Society of Wedding and Portrait Photographers (SWPP) to bring a broader range of benefits to members.

SWPP members are now able to access previously exclusive WPPI competitions, be enrolled as a WPPI member and gain discounted rates to WPPI’s annual Las Vegas Convention.

Benefits for SWPP members

  • Subscriptions to PDN and Rangefinder magazines in online and digital editions formats (printed version available at nominal fee)
  • Discounts and early registration for WPPI and PhotoPlus International Conference & Expo shows
  • Free listing on portfolio display site with hot links, 10 searchable specialties
  • Discounts of 30% on contest entry fees for all WPPI, Rangefinder and PDN contests

Phil Jones The Societies CEO said, ‘This is a terrific opportunity for our members to share in the benefits of another world leading organisation and have the opportunity to attend a Las Vegas Convention’. He goes on to say ‘The opportunity to enter additional international photographic imaging competitions is also a major benefit and gives the opportunity for Society members to gain international recognition for their work

If you are a SWPP member and wish to join WPPI please use the form at the bottom of our blog page

Convention 2015
We are delighted to announce the preliminary line up for the 2015 Convention

London Hilton Metropole Hotel, Edgware Road, London 14th-18th Jan 2015

Wednesday 14th Jan
Thursday 15th Jan
Friday 16th Jan
Saturday 17th Jan
Sunday 18th Jan

Full details including trade show exhibitors, ticket information, 20x16 competition, hotel location plus more can be found here

Photographic Seminars

Making the Impossible, Possible - George Fairbairn

Open to members and non-members alike

London, England - 01/07/2014
Sevenoaks, England - 02/07/2014
Cambridge, England - 03/07/2014

In order to create the perfect image, you first need to plan.

Learn how you can shoot both your subjects and backgrounds in a way that will allow you to have a library of images for future composite images.

George will then go on to explain and photograph the background images for the composite.

The Societies’ Members £60
The Societies Non-Members £80

Last chance to get your early bird discount after this time tickets will be-
The Societies’ Members £80
The Societies Non-Members £120

Photography News  

Nikon today announces a fast new super-telephoto prime lens

onOne Software Perfect Photo Suite 8.5 Now Available

Nissin i40 Flash receives 'Best Portable Lighting System' in 2014 TIPA Awards

Go wide with Canon’s new ultra wide-angle zoom lenses

Hahnemuhle Photo Silk Baryta wins Tipa Award 2014

Graphistudio’s New Baby is Arriving at the Newborn Photography Show!


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

This month there is an extra incentive to enter not only will the overall winner of each competition receive 12 months membership to The Societies, they will also win a full copy of DxO Optics Pro 9 worth £119.

Entries are invited from everyone who is interested in photography.

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Not a member yet?
Join any 2 of the Societies for £99 and you will receive 18 months membership for the price of 12.

10 Reasons to Join The Societies

  • Professional Imagemaker Magazine
  • Online Photographic Forum
  • Mentor Me Programme
  • Reduced Insurance Rates
  • Free Listing on our Website
  • Monthly Image Competition
  • Qualifications by Submission of Work
  • Reduced Rate Merchant Service Facilities
  • Trade Sponsored Promotions for Members
  • Discounts on Annual Convention  

Mentor Me
A great opportunity to have help from leading practitioners in the photographic industry.

We have many benefits of membership, one of these being our invaluable ‘Mentor Me’ program through which you receive a one to one appraisal of your work and advice for progression. Once you are a member, all reports include recommendations for participation in training programmes pertinent to your professional development and it doesn’t just stop at reaching your Licentiateship. In fact, that is only the beginning on a journey of life. A great opportunity to have help from leading practitioners in the photographic industry.

Why struggle when help is at hand? Our Mentoring team are here to give you first class advice on your imagery and help you to create the very best images for your clients and lead to qualifications.

Members are requested to complete our online form for mentoring. Once completed you will be directed to our MailBigFile upload facility, this will substantially speed up uploads for our members.
  • Remember to save the files as jpgs
  • Number 01 - 20
  • 2000 pixels on the longest side
  • Create a contact sheet with all 20 images
  • Compress all the files into one zip folder
  • Please then rename the zip file
  • YourName_MembershipNumber_qualification/mentoring


Professional Techniques for Digital Wedding Photography - 2 left in stock

This sourcebook will help any studio with the transition to digital, providing assistance in how to choose quality up-to-date equipment, what digital will allow you to offer your clients, and how to use your equipment effectively. Every aspect of digital photography is covered, from the shoot to album design.

£10 including free UK postage

The Digital Photographer's Guide to Light Modifiers - 4 left in stock

Focusing exclusively on light modifiers and making the most of the least equipment, this in-depth handbook is ideal for use by professional photographers and advanced amateurs.

£10 including free UK postage

Join the Conversation

Keeping in touch with fellow photographers on The Societies Forum, we believe is one of the most significant benefits of membership.

Whatever stage you are at in your career, forum membership gives you the opportunity to:

Be at the forefront of knowledge sharing and best practice thinking
Keep up to date with current photo issues
Debate with experts in specialist areas
Network with other photographers
Add to your continuous professional development

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