In 2003 we adopted a ‘mission statement’:
To promote and inspire the highest ethical, technical and creative standards from within the profession and raise awareness and appreciation of our industry outside it.
Later in the same year we staged an exhibition at a central London gallery called UNSEEN to showcase the large number of amazing photographs that, for a wide variety of reasons, never saw the light of day and were never published. We followed that up in 2005 with the seminal ‘Five Thousand Days’ – a book that sold well over 10,000 copies and showed press photography of the highest quality. Since then we have published two more books, had several web based projects and we have supported the Press Photographer’s Year competition since its inception.
In 2011 we made a voluntary submission to the Leveson Inquiry into the Culture, Ethics and Standards of The Press when it became clear that news photographers were being singled out for criticism from many of the celebrity witnesses without any satisfactory replies. We made an appearance at the Inquiry in February 2012 after which Lord Justice Leveson made it clear that he saw The BPPA as part of the solution rather than the problem.
The BPPA continues to make its voice heard on a range of issues that face our profession including our current work around copyright and orphan works legislation.