Alamy – a follow-up

in Current Affairs, Ethics, Journalism, Open letter, Opinion, Photojournalism, Press Photography, The BPPA by thebppa

The UK Press Gazette quoted The BPPA’s open letter to Alamy’s CEO in their piece about his video signalling his intention to reduce the photographers percentage of royalties to 40%. This morning the UKPG asked us to provide a response to James West’s latest video where he offers to keep the 50% split for exclusive content. We provided the following

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An open letter to Alamy CEO James West

in Current Affairs, Open letter, Photography, Press Photography, The BPPA by thebppa

Dear Mr West When our members first pointed out that Alamy was reducing the commission that it pays to contributing photographers the first reaction was “oh no not again”. Sitting and watching the video that you posted on YouTube didn’t help.  Alamy is a company whose success is built on its relationship with the people who have trusted you to

thebppaAn open letter to Alamy CEO James West

Photography is not harassment

in Current Affairs, Ethics, Journalism, Law, Open letter, Photography, Photojournalism, Press Photography by thebppa

  This is an open letter to the ITV management who have promoted their programme “Tonight: Harassment Uncovered” which, in places, confuses photography with sexual harassment. The programme aired at 7.30pm on the 23rd of February 2017 Dear ITV Professional photographers are against any and all harassment of people going about their private and lawful business. To suggest or imply anything

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Ian Forsyth

Self-publishing ‘Coast People’

in Current Affairs, Features, Journalism, Photojournalism by Ian Forsyth

As I write this post sitting at my desk in my home office I am surrounded by an ever-increasing collection of photography books. Books that I have been gathering over many years firstly as an amateur with a keen interest and now as a working professional photographer. Over these years and I assume like many other photographers I have always

Ian ForsythSelf-publishing ‘Coast People’
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Election 2015 – Never Mind The Deja Vu

in Current Affairs, Ethics, Features, Journalism, Photography, Photojournalism, Press Photography, The BPPA by Neil Turner

Back in 2005 The BPPA put together a project called “Never Mind The Ballots” which was a response to the “most stage managed, spin driven and least visually interesting elections in modern times”. Press photographers faced a month of ten minute photocalls and long frustrating waits whilst trying to find interesting and journalistically significant images. Ten years later the sense of

Neil TurnerElection 2015 – Never Mind The Deja Vu
Sir John Tenniel

What’s going on at DACS? Part 2

in Current Affairs, Journalism, Law, Photography, Photojournalism, Press Photography, The BPPA, Uncategorized by Andrew Wiard

In this second part of his assessment of what is happening with DACS, Andrew Wiard explains why the current situation is not something that photographers should accept. “When I use a word,” Humpty Dumpty said, in rather a scornful tone, “it means just what I choose it to mean—neither more nor less.” Insisting on ALL secondary rights – does it really matter? Is it

Andrew WiardWhat’s going on at DACS? Part 2
Andrew Wiard

A Gun To Our Heads – The new DACS Agreement, part 1

in Current Affairs, Journalism, Law, Photography, Photojournalism, Press Photography, The BPPA by Andrew Wiard

In the first of a two-part blog post Andrew Wiard, a member of The BPPA’s Board, asks “What’s going on at DACS?” Last year we all had to sign a new agreement, and if we didn’t – no annual payout at Christmas. So, why? Short answer, because DACS is at the bottom of a collecting society food chain, and they are all

Andrew WiardA Gun To Our Heads – The new DACS Agreement, part 1
Joanne Davidson, The Picture Library Ltd

2014 UK Picture Editor Guild Awards winners announced

in Photojournalism, Press Photography, The BPPA by thebppa

  Congratulations to all of the winners at the 2014 Picture Editor Guild Awards.  BT Sports Photographer of the Year: Simon Stacpoole, Offside Getty Royal Photographer of the Year: Andrew Parsons, i-Images News Photographer of the Year: Jeff Mitchell, Getty Images Christie’s Arts & Entertainments Photographer of the Year: Joanne Davidson, The Picture Library Ltd Bloomberg Business Photographer of the Year:

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An open letter to Time Inc UK

in Current Affairs, Journalism, Open letter, Opinion, Photography, The BPPA by thebppa

  When several photographers started getting letters from Hamish Dawson, Publishing Director  of  Time Inc.(UK) Ltd, Specialist Sport and Leisure with a new rights grab which asked them to agree to sign away all rights in any work that they carried out for the magazines and websites in the group we decided to write to him. Below is that letter and below

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Away day… to Poland

in Current Affairs, Features, Journalism, Photography, Photojournalism, Press Photography by Heathcliff O'Malley

As if often the case in the era of multimedia news gathering I was recently despatched to Poland on a whirlwind visit to shoot stills and video. A British armoured Battlegroup have been taking part in war games with the Polish military entitled “Black Eagle” for several weeks and the press had been invited along to coincide with a visit

Heathcliff O'MalleyAway day… to Poland