Simon John ; BIPP photographer of the year !
Photographer Of The Year! What an honor !
Thursday 5th February 2015 saw me become the British Institute Of Professional Photography’s – Photographer Of The Year. This is a huge accolade in professional photography . The Institute is widely regarded as the leading professional organization in the UK. The qualification system is excellent and standards are extremely high. This is reassuring to the buying public that they are hiring consummate professionals in their chosen photographic disciplines.
I have been a member for the past 25 years. In that time as the BIPP maxim says I have gained “By light to Knowledge” achieving Fellowship in 1996. I have served on the qualifications panel and had the privilege to judge the annual awards on many occasions. I won UK wedding photographer of the year back in 2004 but have not entered competition since. I thought it was high time I set myself a challenge once more entering my portfolio of five images in the wedding category. I was one of only two photographers to achieve “Gold” and would of been more than delighted with that. The BIPP has many different kinds of photographers from wedding & portrait to scientific & commercial. Even fashion, fine art and architecture photography, there are experts across all fields. So to have been chosen best of the bunch was quite a moment in my career I will never forget. My panel was printed by Loxley colour in Scotland on Fuji fine art paper. The chairman Kevin Wilson commented on the print quality saying it was received highly by all judges. My five images are below. The criteria was to produce a panel from the last five years. So I was very pleased that I took an image from each year respectively. I use various lights on weddings but the Lowel lights supplied to me by Tiffen have to be a firm favorite as used below.
I mentor photographers through to qualifications and have produced a book sharing my secrets I have gained over the past 32 years as a professional. It would be great to hear your views below, please leave a comment. You can also follow me on Facebook & Twitter I am also a proud founder member of the Hampshire wedding Experts .. A group of award winning wedding professionals.