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WPC 2017 … Portugal strikes again!

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Yokohama, Japan, February 23th, 2017

The World Photographic Cup 2017 winners announced

After winning  the cup at home in 2016 …. the winner of the 2017 World Photographic Cup, with a total of 34 points ... is Team Portugal  again !

The second place goes to United States of America, with Russia in the third place.

Individual gold medals go to Russia, Finland, Mexico, Slovakia, United Kingdom and Singapore.

Individual winners and the Cup winning Team of the 2017 World Photographic Cup (WPC), sponsored by the FEP – Federation of European Professional Photographers, PPA – Professional Photographers of America, the UAPP – United Asian Professional Photography and the AIPP – Australian Institute of Professional Photography, has been  finally announced on February 23rd  at the WPC 2017 PHOTO SHOW in Japan (Yokohama, Grand Intercontinental Hotel) organized in cooperation with the PPJ, Professional Photographers of Japan Association.

26 national photographic teams entered the fourth edition of this unique, one of a kind Olympics-styled competition, from Europe, Middle East, Asia, North America and Oceania.

The Golden medals in the six categories went to:
Dušan Holovej, Slovakia, for Commercial category
Antti Karppinen, Finland,  for Illustrative category
Pepe Soho, Mexico, for Nature (Landscape and wildlife)
Eelena Malysheva, Russia, for Portrait category
Goh Wee Seng, Singapore, for Reportage/Photo Journalism 
Lee Howell, United Kingdom, for Wedding
Also appears in the medals table: Amber Griffin (New Zealand), Silver Medal and Michelle Trull (Team USA) Bronze Medal for commercial. Uli Staiger (Team Germany), Silver medal and José Almeida (Portugal) Bronze Medal in Illustrative; Andreas Kalvig Anderson (Norway), Silver Medal, and Ann Coppens (Belgium), Bronze Medal for Nature; Christopher Ian (Australia), Silver Medal and Nikki Harrison (Canada), Bronze Medal for Portrait; Vincenzo Tessarin (Italy), Silver Medal and Oldřich Bubák (Czech Republic) Bronze Medal in Reportage/Photojournalism; and finally Andreas Zopf (Austria), Silver Medal and Terese Samuelsen (Norway), Bronze Medal in Wedding.

While gold, silver, and bronze medals have been awarded to the individual creators in each category, teams were awarded points for top ten finishes. They received 10 points for gold, 9 for silver, 8 bronze and that follows to the tenth top image. The top ten positions were decided literally on decimal points which suggests a very, very tight competition.

Slovakia team finished the competition in 10th place, tied with China. Germany got the 9th place, and United Kingdom the 8th place. They finished in a two-way tie in 6th place Mexico and Spain. All alone in an amazing 5th place, Austria. In the 4th place, just close to the podium, Norway (the only team who got 2 medals). 

The third place trophy, with 1 golden medal and 3 top-ten finishes, 25 points, went to Team Russia, once again on the podium. The second place trophy, with 1 medal and 3 top-ten finishes, 27 points, went to Team USA (another amazing result for the 2014 and 2015 WPC winner!). 

And the winner of the 2017 World Photographic Cup, with 1 medal and 7 top-ten finishes, 34 points, was Team Portugal.

Team 1st place-Portugal

“Congratulations to Team Portugal for winning the WPC two times in a row, and all the winners. An incredibly close competition, with a huge variety of winners, from 4 continents, is exactly what the WPC committee could hope for”,
commented the Chairman of  WPC Judging Committee Jorgen Brandt, “It has been amazing to see so many beautiful images coming from around the globe, and really difficult to judge them!”

“It’s a unique feeling coming out from a unique competition” –  added Giuseppe Scozzi, WPC Chief Executive. “Representing their homeland at any level is an amazing opportunity and there has never been a program that involves photography like this. Now we have it in the World Photographic Cup. We really experienced  the groundswell of enthusiasm from photographers to create the finest they can in the hope of representing their country!”

The WPC CEO also thanked the Professional Photographers of Japan Association for having organized such a beautiful event, and announced that the next hosting country will be Australia in 2018.

He finally thanked the important companies related to the photographic market (CHROMALUXE, KOYLAB, COMET Corporation, HOKUSHIN and PHOTO CREATE) for their support to the project and to the professional photographers around the globe.

More information and winning pictures available soon at www.worldphotographiccup.org


FEP Photo Days 2017, Catania, Italy: REGISTER NOW!

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FEP Photo Days, FEP Awards Ceremony and the FEP G.A.: all in one event, scheduled in Catania, Italy, April 2-3 (and 4), 2017

After Valencia, Lyon, Gmunden and Trieste, this year the FEP invites all of you in Catania, in the wonderful Baroque Sicily! 
The program will include:
Sunday, April 2 - The FEP PHOTO DAY

An half day of 3 presentations made by 3 MQEP and renowned European professionals, who will attest the strength and the impact of the today’s Masters photographers in Europe.
- Günther Egger, MQEP, Austria
- Tiina Haring, MQEP, Finland
- Antonio Barrella, MQEP, Italy, FEP European Professional Photographer of the Year 2016
The event will offer the opportunity to meet some of the best talented, provocative, inspiring and full of enthusiasm European photographers and see why professional photography does have a future and how it is evolving. At the end of the lectures, a rich coffee break with drinks and sweets will allow you to test some of the best dishes of Sicilian pastry! 

Afterward,  the FEP will celebrate its FEP AWARDS CEREMONY. QEV, QEP and MQEP 2015 and 2016: all photographers who received their qualification during the past 2 years will be invited to come on the stage to withdraw their certificate; FEP European Photo Book of the Year 2017: presentation of the winners of each and all categories. FEP European Professional Photographer of the Year Awards 2017: the winners of the famous FEP annual competition will be presented with their Bronze, Silver and Golden Cameras trophies. The Overall Winner will be also announced and presented as the FEP European Professional Photographer of the Year 2017

At the end of the day, there will be a Gala Dinner in a well-known restaurant in the centre of Catania.


Monday, April 3 -  FEP G. A. and VISIT TO TAORMINA

In the morning, the FEP will held the annual General Assembly meeting. Among other things, there will be the election of the next FEP President for the term 2018-2019.

In the afternoon, for all the ones who want to attend, the FEP is happy to organize the visit to the wonderful Taormina, with an English speaking guide and dinner. (Transfer from and to the hotel)

Tuesday, April, 4 - 

For the ones who want to stay another day, the FEP will organize an amazing trip to see the craters of one of the most impressive volcanos in Italy, the Etna, 2900 mt.. English speaking guide and lunch included. (Transfer from and to the hotel)

Important to know: 

- The FEP Photo Day will take place in the wonderful Palazzo Platamone in Catania (Palazzo della Cultura) while the FEP General Assembly will be held in the Catania Town Hall (Palazzo degli Elefanti). 

- The conferences will be in English and Italian (with simultaneous translation). 

There will be an official “FEP hotel”, with special prices only if you book through the FEP secretariat and within the 28th of February. So, hurry up! 


Registrations are open now!

Do not waste your time, contact the FEP Secretariat at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  to reserve your seat! (The Gala Dinner and the Social visits must be booked in advance!) We will be happy to provide you the REGISTRATION FORM with all costs and give you all the needed information.

FEP Cover Picture of February 2017

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Iuri Akopov, EP, Georgia

With almost 100 likes in a few days... this picture won the FEP cover picture of the month contest for the month of February.

Look at all submitted entries on our official page on facebook!

Next round opens at the end of February

Welcome Anna Kaleva-Tsagklas, FEP CEO

The FEP wishes to welcome its new CEO, Anna Kaleva-Tsagklas, who took on the position from January 1st 2017 

Anna has worked as CEO of the professional photographers’ association in her native Finland for over a decade and continues to do so. In 2015 she also became the CEO of the Association of Finnish Photographic Retailers and was a FEP Board member from 2013, when she took on the role of FEP Event Manager. This year, she becomes only the second FEP CEO, following her predecessor, Giuseppe Scozzi on his retirement, who was first, the FEP Secretary General from 1997 (the birth of the FEP) to 2008 and then Chief Executive from 2008 to 2016. 

“I think it is safe to say photography has always been a part of my life, although I have never worked as a photographer. I come from a family of photographers, both of my parents spent their working lives as photographers and the profession even runs in the family for several generations.”
Revealed Anna. “My own photography may be limited to holiday snapshots and selfies with a mobile phone, but in the end, the apple didn’t fall that far from the tree since I ended up in the field nevertheless. I have big boots to fill following my predecessor, but at the same time I look forward to the challenge. Together with my dedicated staff I am confident we can continue to drive the FEP forward and help it to continue thriving as the European continent’s most significant association in the field photography.”

Photographer: Niina Stolt, Finland 

FEP Cover Picture of January 2017

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FEP Cover Picture of January 2017
Sara Bubna, EP, Austria

Congratulations to the Austrian EP photographer Sara Bubna, winner of the first round of 2017 of the Cover Picture of the Month contest.
Next round at the end of January, for the Cover Picture of February.
Stay tuned and follow us on our official page on facebook!

FEP Book Prize 2017

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Fourth "FEP European Photo Book of the Year Awards" 2017

The FEP European Photo Book of the year Awards 2017 is open.
Deadline for submit entries: March 18, 2017.
There are 9 categories: Reportage, Portrait, Landscape, Nature Photography, Nudes, Monographs, Commercial (including Wedding albums, Calendars, etc), Self-published books.
There will be a winner per each category and an overall winner who will receive the FEP Book Prize 2017. 

The International Jury will meet on March 25, 2017 and the winners will be announced at the FEP Awards Ceremony which will be held in Catania, Italy, on Sunday, April, 2nd, 2017.
Results will be published after the event.

For more information and to enter the contest, download:

Waiting for your books!

Picture by Adriano Scognamillo, QEP, Chairman of this competition.

WPC 2017: Discover the finalists!

WPC logo vertical 469pxThe World Photographic Cup governing committee and its proud sponsors ChromaLuxe, KoyLab, Comet, Hokushin and PhotoCreate are looking forward to show you the amazing top 10 images on each and all of the 6 categories at Imaging USA (San Antonio, Texas, USA, 5-10 January 2017)!
The ceremony will be held on Mon January 9th, just after the PPA Grand Imaging Awards, starting at 6:30pm local time (0:30am UTC, 1:30am CET etc.).
The WPC Top 10 announcement will be broadcast live on Facebook, on the Professional Photographers of America Facebook page!
Here’s how everyone can view the ceremony:
1.Go to Facebook and type in Professional Photographers of America in the search line.
2.Click on the Professional Photographers of America Facebook page.
3.The link for the live feed will appear by about 6:20 pm local time (-6 UTC, USA Central Time). The actual ceremony will start at 6:30 pm and it should take about 40 minutes.The World Photographic Cup Top 10 will begin right after. 
After the Top 10 Announcement, the broadcast will be put up on the WPC Facebook page for anyone to watch after the ceremony…
Please enjoy the show, and discover which are the national teams with at least a finalist image!  
The actual individual winners and the Cup winning Team of WPC 2017, 4th edition, will be presented in Yokohama, Japan, on February 23, 2017! The event will be realized in cooperation with the PPJ, Professional Photographers of Japan association.
All international delegates willing to attend this event can register HERE

FEP COMPETITION, deadline extended to January 8th, 2017



Due to the high number of last-minute registrations, which slowed the entry procedures, and the end of year holidays, the closing date of the FEP European Professional Photographer of the Year Awards 2017 competition is extended to Sunday, January 8th.

The judging phase will start immediately after that.  

The winners announcement will be held in Catania, Italy, on April 2nd, 2017.

Click HERE to read the rules and enter the competition 

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