I am an Accredited Professional Photographer
An Accredited Professional Photographer a photographer, who doesn't just claim to be a "professional" but earns that title by successfully completing the rigorous AIPP accreditation process.
Accreditation is designed to give you, the consumer, confidence that your Professional Photographer is a proven, experienced, technically capable, professional practitioner, who complies with all legal business requirements, has appropriate insurance and who is willing to agree to the mandatory Code of Professional Practice and to the requirement to continually improve their photographic skills by committing to continue their professional development.
To become accredited, a Professional Photographer has to:
- Demonstrate that they have been practising for a minimum of 2 years.
- Demonstrate that they have satisfied clients and suppliers by providing written references.
- Demonstrate that they comply with all legal, ethical and moral business requirements to practice as a professional in Australia.
- Demonstrate that their photographic skills are of our required "Professional Standard".
- Agree to have a portfolio of their work, assessed by a panel of experienced AIPP image assessors.
- Achieve the required portfolio assessment standard.
- Agree to continue their professional development through the AIPP CPD program, maintaining up to date skills and business practices each year.
The AIPP continually monitors its ACCC certified accreditation requirements to ensure that the standard for accredited membership is appropriate for the profession of photography in 2017 and beyond.
Every year the AIPP (Australian Institute of Professional Photography) holds its annual awards.... the State awards (ACT + NSW) and if you qualify (getting a certain amount of points in state) you can then go on to enter the National awards. This year I entered both. Here are some of the images. I came away with a couple of SLVER awards this year.