FEP Video Qualifications! The QEV

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We are happy to inform you that in addition to the EV first qualification session we are ready to follow the Board Members proposal to have also a test QEV session in Spain next November, hoping that it will be the first of a long series!  
The rules are more or less the same of the EV. The main differences are the cost (150 euro instead of 50), and the video to submit are 5 instead of 3. While the EV can be a mixture of categories (the certificate is without category) , the QEV must be submitted in only one of the following categories: social reportage; drawing and documentary feature; commercial and industrial; free creation. 
The candidate will be claimed successful with an average score of 15 points or above, that means they must obtain 60% of the votes in favour to be successful. 
To allow and encourage people to apply, we extended the QEV deadline to November 15 instead of October 30. 

FEP Video Qualifications! The EV

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Dear photographers!
at the next FEP Judging session, Granada, Spain, November 21 and 22, we will held the first session of the EV – the European Videographer Qualification .
The EV is a new basic quality assurance certification now available to most general Professional Videographers throughout Europe. The European Videographer (EV) qualification aims to recognise competence and a professional standard for those who earn their lives as Professional Videographers. It is designed to complement the lack of a specific title to uphold the professional status. 
The candidate must submit his/her works inside a USB key or a DVD. It must contain 3 VIDEOS. 
The EV certificate has no categories. Submitted videos can be all pertaining to the same category (social reportage, drawing and documentary feature, commercial and industrial, free creation) or can be a mixture. 
There will be 3 judges. Each judge will examine the submitted works in a random order, and will say yes or no for each single video. To get the EV certificate, the entrant must succeed getting six yes votes, out of nine, with at least two out of three “yes” on each submitted video.
For this session, judges will be asked for a physical judging session. Next year, at the QEP summer judging session, we will held the first QEV session (Qualified European Videographer), while the EV will be realized totally on line. The ones who get the QEV in June can then apply for the MASTER QEV !  
Please download here the EV RULES and the APPLICATION FORM. 
Deadline for pre-registration: October 31, 2015.
Best regards and GOOD LUCK! 

FEP Cover Picture of September 2015


With this picture, Gwenny Eeckels, photographer from Belgium, is the winner of the FEP Facebook Cover Picture of the Month contest, for the month of September 2015.

Next round will open on September, 28th.

Thanks to all the photographers who posted their wonderful pictures.

Visit our Facebook page to see them!

News from Denmark

Kære fotograf,
Du inviteres hermed til årets dff InspirationCAMP i dagene 19. + 20. + 21. september 3 helt forskellige dagskurser, enten ét enkelt eller flere dage – du bestemmer selv.
Vi har samlet 3 af europas bedste instruktører som alle har MASTER QEP (Federation of European Photographers) kvalifikation i professionelt fotografi, de kommer på dff Inspiration CAMP 2015 for at give DIG inspiration og nye muligheder, både forretnings mæssigt og fotografisk.
Location er midt i Danmark, i helt unikke lokaler med charme, sjæl og masser af historie samt rigtigt gode udendørs faciliteter til optagelser.

Small changes to the MQEP rules

As a result of what discussed at the last FEP Board meeting, we now have a couple of small addition to MQEP rules.  

They are mainly regarding submissions involving images which have been extensively manipulated in post-production, in which case the candidate will be required to submit the original Camera files used to create the final panel of work.

Besides, it will be formally indicated that candidates are required to submit only one set of 20 images for judging, apart from images used as supporting evidence shown in books, calendars, journals etc.

FEP Cover Picture of August 2015


With this picture, Jano Stovka, MASTER QEP from Slovakia, is the winner of the FEP Facebook Cover Picture of the Month contest, for the month of August 2015.

Next round will open on August, 28th.

Thanks to all the photographers who posted their wonderful pictures.

Visit our Facebook page to see them!

EP 10th session - Official Results

EPWe are happy to announce that at the EP session n.10,  5 new EP Photographers have been awarded!

Our congratulations go to:
Steven Colin, EP, Belgium
Bert Daenen, EP, Belgium
Kristel Nijskens, EP, Belgium
Sami Reivinen, EP, Finland
Geert Vanden Broeck, EP, Belgium

FEP invite all European associations to enter the world photographic cup

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The “World Photographic Cup” is bringing cultures together.
The “World Photographic Cup” is an unique competition, where national teams in good companionship measure themselves with Photographic Friends worldwide. 
From only 22 participating teams in 2014, and 27 teams in 2015, our aim is to increase the number to 30 countries this year.
We look forward to your participation and invite you to enter the 3rd annual contest of the “World Photographic Cup”, which is now open for entries.
Several national teams have already entered for 2016 and in case you haven’t yet, we would like to warmly invite you to join them.
Sign up now for the “WPC” and appoint a team-leader to prepare your national team entry.
Images must be uploaded by September 30th 2015.
In Europe, FEP member associations have priority to represent their national team in the “World Photographic Cup”. So if you know of any professional photographic associations in European countries that are not FEP members yet, please invite them to join the “FEP family” and the “WPC”. 
It’s a good way to see the best of the best images from all over the world and a great way to make contacts and friends in the World of Photography.
Please do not hesitate to contact WPC CEO, Giuseppe Scozzi at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. - or any one of us for more information.
Jørgen Brandt - Bruno Vetters - Martin Vrabko
Members of the “World Photographic Cup” Organizing Committee 
Appointed by FEP
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“Freedom of panorama”: FEP meets the Working Group on copyright reform at the European Parliament

11015399 10206031508339239 305824885788868611 n1FEP has been invited by the European Parliament to meeting the Working Group on Intellectual Property Rights and Copyright Reform, concerning the so called “freedom of panorama” issue. The purpose of the meeting was to acquire the opinions of the different authors and users of panorama pictures, in view of a reform of the copyright directive 2001/29 , who  introduced – among others - exceptions to the right of reproduction or communication on visual arts, but allowed each Member State to introduce,or not, those non-mandatory exceptions, causing a situation substantially different from country to country.   
FEP was represented by Bent Nygaard Larsen, Member of the FEP Executive Committee  and CEO of the Danish member association.  “In principle, FEP is for the freedom of panorama – said Bent Nygaard Larsen -  “This is an advantage  for the professional photographers, it is well functioning in most European countries, and helps a large related photographic market . FEP anyway understand  the point of view of the artists and of those who  want as well preserve the local cultural heritage, and intend to continue with individual exceptions in single nations and local areas”.
A difficulty for the photographers may be the bureaucracy.  In some countries where shooting permissions are required as long as a charge for the use of those images,  it is often difficult  to find the right places and authorities to obtain the permission. This course of action can be made easier introducing in the EU legislation clear indications about how and where the photographer must obtain permissions, and overall detailing rules for commercial utilizations .
“EU should consider that there is a very big difference between pictures made for leisure and personal fun, and  sophisticated  professional photo shoots, made for commercial purposes by professional photographers.
But… what is actually considered commercial and non-commercial use of copyrighted material ? “, continued Bent Nygaard Larsen - A clear definition should be made, as well, specifying what “panorama” means and  how significant must be  artistic  items in the image, to be copyrighted”.
In other words, these guidelines should bear in mind the complexity of the applications and uses of a “panorama” photograph.
“For FEP is very important that exceptions to the copyright protection in panoramic images will not bring to a deprivation of general copyrights of the artists or photographers” - commented FEP CEO Giuseppe Scozzi after the meeting - “therefore it is crucial EU to better define and detail those exceptions”. 


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