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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Eddie Mulholland

Anyone for Polo

in Current Affairs, Features, Photography, Photojournalism, Press Photography by Eddie Mulholland

I was covering The opening of The Field of Remembrance (the crosses with poppies laid every year by The British Legion) at Westminster Abbey, which this year was by Prince Harry, when I first heard about his trip to Oman and Dubai.The Telegraph’s Royal correspondent Gordon Rayner was down to go and I explained how happy I’d be to accompany

Eddie MulhollandAnyone for Polo

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
Mikael Buck

The one on the left is a snapper…

in Current Affairs, Education, Features, Open letter, Opinion, Photography, Photojournalism, Press Photography, The BPPA by Mikael Buck

On the left we have a Snapper, it’s a type of fish, on the right we have a photographer – please learn the difference. Would you like to demean everything I have achieved in my career with one word? Great! Then just call me a snapper – you won’t be the first or the last person to do it. With

Mikael BuckThe one on the left is a snapper…

New from the UKPCA – Passport and Chips

in Current Affairs, Ethics, Journalism, Opinion, Photojournalism, Press Cards, Press Photography, The BPPA by Andrew Wiard

All change at the UKPCA – the UK Press Card Authority, where the BPPA is one of the card issuing gatekeepers. At today’s meeting they voted nemo contra for two fundamental reforms. The meeting faced two problems. First, Custom Card, who administer the card on behalf of the gatekeepers, had detected two duplicate applications for the card from one individual

Andrew WiardNew from the UKPCA – Passport and Chips
Phil Clarke-Hill

Mentoring young photographers

in Current Affairs, Education, Ethics, Features, Journalism, Love, Photojournalism, Press Photography, The BPPA by Stuart Freedman

It goes without saying that the business is now unrecognisable from the one that I entered in the early 1990s. Then, the structure was relatively linear and there was a clear defining path to an editorial career. Now, every photographer has to be a brand and use social media to shout their wares and tout their abilities. It isn’t even

Stuart FreedmanMentoring young photographers

Theoretical Photography & The Big Bang Theory

in Current Affairs, Photography, Photojournalism, Press Photography, The BPPA by thebppa

Like most professional photographic organisations, The BPPA has a strange relationship with photographic education. On one hand many of our members visit courses on a regular basis and quite a few fill roles as members of industrial liaison groups. On the other hand we find it impossible to whole-heartedly recommend more than one or two courses anywhere in the country. 

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British Photographic Council concerns over consequences of new copyright law

in Current Affairs, Ethics, Features, Journalism, Law, Photojournalism, Press Photography, The BPPA by thebppa

This is a re-posting from the British Photographic Council’s website. The BPPA is a member of the BPC and members of The BPPA’s Board have been deeply involved in the process so far. Government adopts “friendless, unnecessary, poorly explained and fraught with risk” new copyright legislation, against united opposition from the photographic sector. In all of the publicity over the

thebppaBritish Photographic Council concerns over consequences of new copyright law