The International Photographic Council’s Leadership Award 2012 goes to FEP Master QEP Bernd Gassner
The FEP was asked to nominate an active professional photographer with outstanding achievement for this prestigious award - and after a round of internal nomination - the FEP Board of Directors decided to nominate Master QEP Bernd Gassner. Specializing in advertising photography, Master Photographer and Master Qualified European Photographer Bernd Gassner is the Federation of European Photographers’ first double Master QEP. Bernd also serves as President of the German Westphalian Professional Photographer Association, representative of the Central Association German Professional Photographers in FEP, and an FEP Board Member. "Photography is a language that is understood all over the world and connects people around the world," says, Bernd Gassner from Sendenhorst near Münster. On the 17th May, Bernd became the first German photographer, to gain the IPC Leadership Award in New York. " All Award winners were nominated from federations of professional photographers all around the world, representing the values and ideas of the IPC Association in an eminent way, " said the IPC President James Chung. "Therefore the IPC Leadership Award is, in addition to his extraordinary accomplishments as a photographer, a special appreciation of his long-standing commitment to the photographic industry." "We are very honoured to have been asked by the UN-associated IPC to nominate a candidate, and we are very proud they have accepted our nomination. Photography truly is the universal language with all its dialects from all over the world," announced, Neil Warner, FEP President. After the award presentation he will continue his work for the good education of young people and continue his commitment to the Federation of European Photographers. "It’s a great feeling to receive such recogintion for my work!", he concludes, and is constantly grateful for the motivation, which is accorded to only a few people.
The "FEP European Professional Photographer of the Year Awards" 2012 will open for entries on June, 1st.
It will be open to all professional photographers who are registered and resident in a European country, with no discrimination of sex, race, religion, nationality or ethnicity. Special sections will also be open for international photographers (who are not resident in European) and for European Young Photographers, Assistants and Students.
There will be six categories: wedding, commercial, portrait, reportage, landscape and illustrative + 2 special sections for international photographers and students and young photographers.
Deadline: September, 30th, 2012.
We wait for your entries!
On the sphere of the ID photos the Belgian associations worked out a strategy which obtained a positive result.
In the file of the "biometric passport photos" the Belgian national authority for Foreign Affairs had written out a public procurement for the installation in all town halls of machines to enable the local public servants to make the passport photos themselves.
After several meetings with the national authorities , the associations received the confirmation from the Federal Service of Foreign Affairs that they have cancelled this public procurement. The Belgian “Federal Service of Foreign Affairs” will start a collaboration with the “Federal Service of Internal Affairs” to provide, instead of these machines to take the pass-photos, different machines that will enable local public servants only to take fingerprints and register a digital signature.
In other words: in the town halls and the city halls there won't be installed any machines to take passport photos.
The making of ID photos will thus remain, as it is today, with the professional photographers!!
FEP would like to thank and congratulate the Belgian associations for obtaining this positive result, which follows the similar successful solution obtained in France and which can be used as a precedent in all other countries. For more information please contact the FEP Secretariat or directly the Belgian member associations.
Next round will open at the end of May for the cover of June.
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1) "MAY" winning image, by Anna Guadagnini.
2) "APRIL" winning image, by Nicholas Atkin.
The winners and finalists of the FEP European Fine Art Photograph of the Year Award 2011 will receive their awards at a special ceremony in Photokina, Cologne, Germany, on Saturday, September 22nd at 5.00 pm. The overall winner will be announced and presented during the ceremony.
DEADLINE to send the application form is April 30th.
Panels must be in Brussels by June 8th.
FEP thank the colleagues who did a great job as speakers during the "European day" at the Orvieto Fotografia convention, Italy, on March 17th.
FEP also congratulate with the Italian photographers who have been presented during the event with their QEP certificates and gold, silver and bronze awards of the FEP European Professional Photographer of the Year Awards 2011.