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In this week's newsletter

All Competitions  |  Algarve Safari | Latest Photography News | SWPP WPPI Join Forces
Win a full copy of DxO Optics Pro 9 | European Masterclasses | The Digital Imaging Show Upcoming Roadshows

The Societies' Competitions

Monthly Image Competition - Deadline 1st June 2014

Members of the Societies have the opportunity of winning a Fujifilm XT1 and Fujinon XF 56mm F1.2 R lens by entering the monthly image competition.

Phil Jones CEO of the Societies says ''This is a great incentive for our members to enter our competition and stand the chance of walking away with this incredible piece of kit.'' He goes on to say ''Fujifilm have for many years been generous supporters of the Societies and once again we very much appreciate their support.''

The winner will be announced at our glittering awards night at the 2015 Convention.

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Win a full copy of DxO Optics Pro 9

This month we have 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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Remember to take advantage of this fantastic new benefit of membership

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

The Societies and 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

Algarve Safari - John Denton

22nd - 26th September 2014 - Tavira, Portugal.

Venue - Hotel Quinta Do Marcio

We are now taking bookings for the 2nd of our Algarve Safaris.

Back in September 2013 a fourteen strong group of English, Irish and Portuguese photographers joined us for a full week of photography. The success of that week convinced us that this is to be a regular fixture of the Training Calendar. John will be working with his local guide Pedro Dantas Dos Reis to ensure we visit locations well off the regular tourist route.

Sunday 21st - Delegates will up meet for drinks and dinner together at the beautiful hotel set in the hills around Tavira. A great start to the week and chance to meet your fellow photographers and models for the week.

Monday 22nd - Explore the hotel and grounds to get used to the lighting equipment and techniques we'll be exploring throughout the week, indoors, on location and in a studio.

Tuesday 23rd - Will be a location shoot in fashion style. Location to be announced once decided to allow you to plan your shots.

Wednesday 24th - Will start with a look at post production techniques using Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop. In the afternoon you'll be free to explore Tavira Town for some street photography or souvenir hunting.

Thursday 25th - will see us back on the road for a location day in Art Nude style.

Friday 26th - will be a day of mixed shooting at a beach location before a final dinner at the hotel.

Cost - £950 Open to members and non-members alike

Latest Photography News

£60 Cash-Back Offer On Quantum Turbo Batteries, Qflash & Omicron Ringlite
Offer extended until the 6th of June 2014!

Rotolight ANOVA - The DOP's light of choice
The DOP's light of choice coming to Cinegear 2014

Versatile Collection of Painting Techniques in AKVIS ArtWork 8.1
AKVIS announces the update of AKVIS ArtWork to version 8.1.

100 years of Leica photography: ''10 x 10'' exhibition on Hahnemuhle Paper
Together Leica Camera AG and Hahnemühle, represent 530 years German corporate history and stand for two iconic brands and products ''Made in Germany''.

New from Manfrotto
The Pro Bag Collection

Check out the website for all the latest photography news: 

Destination Photography Education

The Societies invite you to indulge your artistic passion and your love for travel and adventure by attending one of these annual European Masterclasses produced by our friends at MZed. Each Masterclass is custom-tailored to provide you with incredible education as well as luxurious accommodations and high-class culinary experiences.

Master portable on-location lighting at the Amalfi Coast workshop, an intimate and immersive workshop taught by Canon Explorers of Light Bob Davis and Stephen Eastwood. This once-in-a-lifetime experience marries Speedlite training with street shooting, models, amazing food & wine, and excursions to Amalfi, Positano, Capri, and Sorrento.

Or, if you prefer, join the 3rd annual David Ziser, Clay Blackmore, and Jared Platt masterclass in Barcelona where you'll learn Portraits, Weddings, and Workflow. You’ll gain powerful new photography skills as you practice with professional models; plus, you’ll learn cutting-edge post-processing techniques to give every image you take that WOW factor.

Both classes will take place in October, 2014. For full details and registration, visit  and

Join The SocietiesJoin The Societies today!

Join the Societies today for £99 and receive a Lastolite Brolly Grip and
90cm Trifold Umbrella.

Use code nlmay14 in the Recommended by box and get free postage on your welcome gift. Offer expires 31st May 2014.

10 Reasons to Join The Societies

Professional Imagemaker Magazine
Online Photographic Forum
Mentor Me Programme
Reduced Insurance Rates
Free listing on our web site
Monthly Image Competition
Qualifications by submission of work
Reduced Rate Merchant Service facilities
Trade sponsored promotions for members
Discounts on Annual Convention

These Digital Imaging Roadshows are the perfect opportunity to catch up with the latest products and services from the trade and gain education from a series of talks.

Upcoming Roadshows

Falkirk | 19/06/2014
Newcastle upon Tyne | 20/06/2014
Exeter | 17/09/2014
Jersey | 20/09/2014
Guernsey | 21/09/2014
Portsmouth | 24/09/2014
Birmingham | 04/10/2014 - 06/10/2014
Milton Keynes | 04/11/2014

For more information check out the Digital Imaging Show website.