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FEP Cover Picture of March 2017

3 - March 2017 - Garik Ghazaryan Armenia

FEP Cover Picture of March 2017
Garik Ghazaryan,  Armenia


Congratulations to the Armenian photographer Garik Ghazaryan, winner of the FEP Cover Picture of the Month contest, for the edition of March 2017.

Look at all submitted images at our official page on facebook and enter next round!

FEP congratulates with Portuguese association AppImagem!

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FEP congratulates Team Portugal for its second consecutive World Photographic Cup victory

The World Photographic Cup was now organized for the fourth time and its award ceremony was held in Yokohama, Japan on 23 February. This time the competition was very tight between the countries, there were even two ties within the top 10 countries so the top ten actually consisted of 11 countries.

Portugal successfully defended its victory from last year and overall World Photographic Cup’s 2017 edition was a good year for European teams since among the 11 top countries 8 of them were European: Portugal, Russia, Norway, Austria, Spain, UK, Germany and Slovakia.

Click HERE: you can see the video of the homecoming of the champions with Team Captain Rui Teixeira holding the Cup. It is truly the arrival of Champions!

(Thanks to Ricardo Teixeira for sharing video and pictures)

Congratulations once more to all participating teams and in particular to Team Portugal!

FEP Photographer of the Year Awards 2017: Finalists announced


FEP European Professional Photographer of the Year Awards 2017, finalists announcement
We are now happy to publish the names, in alphabetic order, of the finalists of the FEP European Professional Photographer of the Year Awards 2017.
This competition reached a record number of almost 2000 pictures this year, coming from Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Kosovo, Latvia, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine and UK. 
Each category has 10 finalists and, between them, the "TOP 3" will be the winners and they will get their Bronze, Silver and Golden Cameras. The Golden Cameras will also compete for the competition "overall winner" who will be awarded as the FEP European Professional Photographer of the Year 2017.

Finalists (from 4th place to 10th place) will receive their certitificates and the winners will be awarded with their trophies at the FEP Awards Ceremony which will be held on Sunday, April 2, at the Palazzo Platamone, Catania, Italy.
TOP 10
Christian Boontjes, Netherland
Günther Egger, Austria 
Antti Karppinen, Finland
Onni Wiljami Kinnunen, Finland
Steven Massart, Belgium
Donal Murphy, Ireland
Gerry O'Leary, Ireland
Reginald Tackoen, Belgium
Peter Verplancke, Belgium
Blaž Zupančič, Slovenia
Fernando Branquinho, Portugal
Günther Egger, Austria
Frøydis Geithus, Norway
Linda Leitner, Austria
Edgar Raphael, Portugal
Malou Reedorf, Denmark 
Xanti Rodriguez, Spain
Michael Schnabl, Austria
Reginald Tackoen, Belgium
Natasha Volk, Ukraine 
Therese Asplund, Sweden
Peter Cakovsky, Slovakia 
Mikaela Holmberg, Finland 
Antti Karppinen, Finland
Onni Wiljami Kinnunen, Finland
Petteri Löppönen, Finland
Jose Manuel Ortega Romero, Spain 
Xanti Rodriguez, Spain
Serge Strelnikoff, Russia
Michal Zahornacky, Slovakia
Michael Böhmländer, Austria
Stefan Brenner, Austria
Tom D. Jones, Belgium
Sonja Jordan, Austria
Levani Levanidze, Georgia
Torsten Muehlbacher, Austria
Steven Put, Belgium
Irakli Shavgulidze, Georgia
Peter Svoboda, Slovakia 
Markus van Hauten, Germany
Vicente Esteban, Spain
Mikaela Holmberg, Finland
Terri Lindholm, Sweden 
Guido Pelgrim, Netherland
Natalia Pipkina, Norway
Suvi Roiko, Finland
Igor Sakharov, Russia
Suvi Sievilä, Finland
Vesa Tyni, Finland
Juhamatti Vahdersalo, Finland
Martin Balaz, Slovakia
Rui Caria, Portugal
Roberto Colacioppo, Italy
Antonio Gibotta, Italy
Jesus Jimenez, Spain
Rastislav Margus, Czech Republic
William Moureaux, France
Marcos Rodríguez, Spain
Markus Schmuck, Germany
Gio Versyck, Belgium
Therese Asplund, Sweden 
Christian Boontjes, Netherland
Matthias Hangst, Germany
Simon Hausberger, Austria
Stefan Kothner, Austria 
Herbert Kratky, Austria
Andre Schönherr, Austria
Alois Spandl, Austria 
David Tett, UK
Heleen Vink, Netherland
Iuri Akopov, Georgia
David Anton, Germany
Nevzat Basaran, Denmark
Thibault Chappe, France
Pavol Delej, Slovakia
Frøydis Geithus, Norway
Jose Luis Guardia Peinado, Spain
Jose Luis Guardia Vazquez, Spain
Antonio Martin, Spain
Carlos Felipe Ortiz, Spain
Patrik Bartuska, Czech Republic
Stefan Brenner, Austria
Ann Coppens, Belgium
Michael Finn, Ireland
Tom D. Jones, Belgium
Rastislav Margus, Czech Republic
Karel Mus, Belgium
Seppo Rintala, Finland 
Michael Schnabl, Austria
Søren Sviland, Norway
Hiep Duong Chi, Czech Republic
Don Raça, Kosovo
Luis Rüsing, Germany
Laura Wallkötter, Germany
These photographers, "top 10" in each category, will receive a specific invitation for the Awards Ceremony. 

All the other photographers who got single awards, but who are not within the top 10, will receive their certificates after the event and their award will be published online.
Learn more about the FEP Photo Days, download the program and don't miss the chance to attend the whole event: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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

2 - February 2017 - Iuri Akopov - Georgia


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!

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