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.
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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.
Closing date for entries is August 25th , 2012.
The authors of the accepted and awarded pictures will receive a certificate and a catalogue.