At Parrot Print, we’re members of the Fine Art Trade Guild and have been featured on The Good Web Guide, so we understand the importance of being involved with the right organisations and associated with the right brands.
Whether you’re a professional photographer looking to broaden your career or an enthusiast who loves creating canvas prints and entering competitions, being apart of an organisation can benefit you in so many ways. This is why we’ve put together the best photography organisations that will benefit British photographers. Go on, take a look…
The National Photographic Society
The National Photographic Society (NPS) is one of the UK’s fastest growing photographic organisations that caters to both professional photographers and enthusiasts. This organisation is for photographers ran by photographers, and offers expert information, advice and help to anyone connected within the photographic industry.
Depending on your budget, the NPS have various memberships available starting from £99 to £129.95. From student to professional, whichever membership you sign up for the whole process is extremely easy and you have the option of paying monthly or annually.
Once you’re a member of the NPS you’ll have access to monthly image competitions where you could win an Olympus OMD camera system, as well as a discount code with The Print Foundry.
This organisation may be a little pricey in comparison to others, but you’ll receive a host of benefits including; qualification levels, training courses, free blogs, free photo galleries, access to The Coaching Academy and lots more.
British Institute of Professional Photography
This internationally recognised qualifying organisation, the British Institute of Professional Photography, has more than 100 years of experience in supporting and networking photographers. This non-profit organisation aims to deliver education, qualifications and professional development to photographers.
There are five different memberships available, however, you must enquire to find out the prices. If you’re thinking about joining, you’re able to apply online or fill in an application form and post it to the organisation.
Instead of competitions, the British Institute of Professional Photography has many photography awards. The organisation currently has none running at the moment, but keep checking, as adding ‘award-winning photographer’ to your CV will only benefit your career.
Members receive a number of benefits with this organisation including training courses, exhibitions, events and a selection of preferential deals on useful products and services. If you’re considering this organisation, you’re able to download the brochure for more details.
The Guild of Photographers
The Guild of Photographers was originally established as the Guild of Wedding Photographers back in 1988 and over the years has grown much wider becoming an association for all individuals committed to the art of photography.
With only two membership options, this organisation makes joining a little easier compared to the others. Starting from just £10, you’re able to pay monthly, quarterly or annually. Whether you want to select a standard standard or professional membership, The Guild of Photographers makes deciding a breeze by listing what you’ll receive in bullet points. Still not sure? Then sign up to its free newsletter to see if the organisation is offering the kind of support you’re looking for.
This organisation offers its members a monthly image competition, as well as an Image Of The Year award. Although there are more than 10,000 entries every month, you have the opportunity to win an award 12 times a year.
Whether you’re a professional or beginner, this organisation will offer you support with training, courses, networking events, insurance, discounts and much more. Plus, members will also receive 7-12 per cent off at the Apple store UK. This is ideal for those of you who are wanting the new iPhone 7.
The Royal Photographic Society
Founded in 1853, The Royal Photographic Society is a membership organisation that supports all kinds of photographers and visual artists. Whether you work in analogue, digital photography or video, using an iPhone, compact digital camera or DSLR to capture your film or pictures, this organisation can help guide you on your journey as a photographer.
There are more than five different memberships available at RPS. From student to family, there are a wider variety of options compared to other organisations to ensure you get a package that’s tailored to your exact needs. Starting from £55 to £171, there’s something to suit everyone’s budget too.
From short film awards to membership card competitions, and RPS postgraduate bursaries, there’s a variety of genre and styles of photography competitions. Whether you decid to become a member or not, make sure you check these opportunities out because some competitions are open to non-members too.
There are 12 key benefits every member receives when they sign up, from a monthly journal filled with the latest news about the photography industry and review to exhibiting your work and a selection of discounts.
The Master Photographers Association
The MPA is the qualifying body for professional photographers. It’s a non-profit organisation, committed to working with the photographic trade to raise the standards in professional photography. It strives to reach these standards by using an industry recognised three tier qualification system, as well as supporting, growing and educating the values of professional photography.
There are two memberships available at MPA. Whichever one you choose, the organisation upholds the ethos that each qualified member is an equal stakeholder of the association with voting powers - giving you the voice to help make those differences within this industry and organisation.
You’ll find that MPA host a Master of Photography Awards, where winners will have the opportunity to showcase their work to a large audience with a sponsorship promotional package supplied by the competition’s headline sponsors.
There are many benefits when you join this organisation, from mentoring and profile pages to an online directory listing and photography contracts. Take a look, there’s loads!
What organisations are you signed up to? Is there one you’d recommended? Please let us know your thoughts, your opinions may help other photographers.