FEP Board Meeting Report

Neil Warner - FEP President

All board members were in attendance. We had also as guests David Trust & Dennis Craft from PPA (Professional Photographers of America), who had witnessed how the FEP judging was carried out. President in office Neil Warner, who will be replaced in September by the President Elect Jorgen Brandt, made his last report, outlining the main issues undertaken and thanking all colleagues which cooperate with him in the 5 years of presidency. This was followed by a round of applauses.


FEP will concentrate on trying to look for a large number of smaller sponsors, to be called “FEP friends” and “FEP partners”. FEP has adapted to new technology such as the new website, Facebook etc. to provide constant visibility and new opportunities for sponsors on those media

Jorgen Brandt :  FEP President ElectNew Website

The many changes and updates are including the new photographers listing, new qualification pages and a users’ forum. Considering the analytics, our site traffic has had a sustained explosion over the last few weeks, reaching up to 5,000 visits. The FEP Facebook page is also very successful, at present this is at about 9,000 visitors per week.

New Qualifications and Awards

The Video qualification project will be postponed to 2013. Feta. It will start in January with all digital entries. This new award will bring on board new, young photographers, and similarly will help and support the new generation. QEP Guild. It was agreed to progress on that project, on the base of the presentation showed by Malcolm Sales. The purpose is to encourage more of a community spirit and to promote the qualified European photographers. It was especially liked the idea of an eBook of QEP successful panels of the years.

FEP Competition 2013

The FEP GA in Photokina will discuss the idea of changing the rules of the annual FEP competition, based on a template open to all professional photographers within Europe, to be ongoing throughout the year with judging at intervals before the culminating winners were announced.

New Membership

FEP has contacted, through the so called FEP Ambassadors, some new potential members associations and in particular: Luxembourg, Greece, Turkey, Cyprus and Switzerland. Other areas of interest will be the Eastern Europe, where a FEP road show will take place next autumn, starting with Romania and Poland, and also the Scandinavia (Norway and Iceland). All the interested associations will be invited to meet FEP at Photokina.


Date and place of the next FEP GA: 22nd Sept 10 am -2pm at Cologne, Germany (inside Photokina). The agenda will include the election of the FEP Board for the term 2013-2014.

FEP international days at Gmunden, Austria

The FEP will cooperate with the Gmunden Photo Days to celebrate there an international speakers’ programme. The dates are Sun-Mon April 14th & 15th 2013. Pricing for an International FEP package including: a welcome drink, a typical Austrian dinner on Sunday 14th with live music, 1 night accommodation, 1 breakfast, a light lunch on Monday, 5 speakers presentations between Sunday afternoon and Monday morning with simultaneous translation in German and English and a group photo will be 199 Euro (price available until the end of October) or 229 Euro after this date. In addition for an extra 99 Euro per day delegates can extend their staying, visit the fair and to attend the Austrian awards presentation on Saturday 13th and on Friday 12th the Student awards. Gmunden has an intimate very picturesque ambience. The FEP will set up the speakers programme and present it at Photokina. A combined Austrian-European working committee will drive the project. Further info will follow soon.

International Contacts

- China: The FEP Photographer of the Year award 2011 Exhibition will be exhibited in the national Lishui Photograpy Museum in November. - A FEP/PPA combined committee will work to realize a global photographic competition, based on national teams. Details will be circulated at a later date, and the member associations will be kept informed of progress. A PPA delegation will meet again with FEP in Photokina, and possibly in January 2013 in Atlanta to attend a PPA international symposium. - IPC New York, UN: It was reminded that MQEP Bernd Gassner had received the leadership award from the IPC. Photokina: It was also confirmed that the organising committee of the FETA will cooperate with the IPC for a combined presentation of an international student’s award in Photokina, who’s winner was Tim Hunt from the UK. The award will be presented on the big stage at Photokina on the Thursday September 20th .

Next QEP Session

The next QEP session might be held in Paris. Jean-Felix Bernetel announced that the French member GNPP were happy to allow the next judging to take place at their establishment in the French capital. Accordingly, it was agreed the CEO to investigate the logistic and economic details, in cooperation with Nikki Huts and then to report to the board, so that a final decision can be made.

QEP and MQEP sessions' results




At the 25th session of the FEP European Qualifications 2 new Master QEP and 24 QEP (Qualified European Photographers) have been awarded:

Master QEP:

Pierre Delaunay, France, Master QEP
Antonio Gibotta, Italy, Master QEP



Sarolta Bán, Hungary, QEP Illustrative
Matteo Blaschich, Italy, QEP Advertising
Fabio Carnio, Italy, QEP Architecture
José Manuel Cruz, Portugal, QEP Portrait
Gianvito De Novellis, Italy, QEP Wedding
Francis Gameiro, France, QEP Portrait
Karina Jønson, Denmark, QEP Fashion
Mathilde Magne, France, QEP Portrait
Steven Massart, Belgium, QEP Architecture
Franz G. Messenbaeck, Austria, QEP Architecture
Franz G. Messenbaeck, Austria, QEP Commercial
Jose Hidalgo Pérez, Spain, QEP Theatre Photography
Carla Portugal, Portugal, QEP Portrait
Miguel Rolo, Portugal, QEP Wedding
Filip Santens, Belgium, QEP Fine Art
Andras Schram, Hungary, QEP Reportage
Adriano Scognamillo, Italy, QEP Portrait
Bruno Sergio, Italy, QEP Wedding
Vladimir Škuta, Slovakia, QEP Commercial
Moises Soares, Portugal, QEP Wedding
Ulrick Theaud, France, QEP Portrait
Danny Van der Elst, Belgium, QEP Portrait
Ana Rita Viana, Portugal, QEP Portrait
Ana Rita Viana, Portugal, QEP Fine Art

FEP Facebook Cover Picture of June

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Jan Darthet, QEP Portrait from Belgium, is the winner of the FEP Facebook Cover Picture of the Month contest, for the month of June.

His beautiful image, received more than 140 "I like".

Next round will open on June, 29th.

Thanks to all the photographers who posted their wonderful pictures.

Visit our FEP Facebook page to see them!

The IPC’s Leadership Award 2012 goes to FEP Master QEP Bernd Gassner

The International Photographic Council’s Leadership Award 2012 goes to FEP Master QEP Bernd Gassner


582242 10150828977878181 1441600179 nThe FEP was asked to nominate an active professional photographer with outstanding achievement for this prestigious award - and after a round of internal nomination - the FEP Board of Directors decided to nominate Master QEP Bernd Gassner. Specializing in advertising photography, Master Photographer and Master Qualified European Photographer Bernd Gassner is the Federation of European Photographers’ first double Master QEP. Bernd also serves as President of the German Westphalian Professional Photographer Association, representative of the Central Association German Professional Photographers in FEP, and an FEP Board Member. "Photography is a language that is understood all over the world and connects people around the world," says, Bernd Gassner from Sendenhorst near Münster. On the 17th May, Bernd became the first German photographer, to gain the IPC Leadership Award in New York. " All Award winners were nominated from federations of professional photographers all around the world, representing the values and ideas of the IPC Association in an eminent way, " said the IPC President James Chung. "Therefore the IPC Leadership Award is, in addition to his extraordinary accomplishments as a photographer, a special appreciation of his long-standing commitment to the photographic industry." "We are very honoured to have been asked by the UN-associated IPC to nominate a candidate, and we are very proud they have accepted our nomination. Photography truly is the universal language with all its dialects from all over the world," announced, Neil Warner, FEP President. After the award presentation he will continue his work for the good education of young people and continue his commitment to the Federation of European Photographers. "It’s a great feeling to receive such recogintion for my work!", he concludes, and is constantly grateful for the motivation, which is accorded to only a few people.


FEP European Professional Photographer of the Year 2012


The "FEP European Professional Photographer of the Year Awards" 2012 will open for entries on June, 1st.

It will be open to all professional photographers who are registered and resident in a European country, with no discrimination of sex, race, religion, nationality or ethnicity. Special sections will also be open for international photographers (who are not resident in European) and for European Young Photographers, Assistants and Students.
There will be six categories: wedding, commercial, portrait, reportage, landscape and illustrative + 2 special sections for international photographers and students and young photographers.
Deadline: September, 30th, 2012.
We wait for your entries!

Clive Hughes

We are sorry to inform you that Clive Hughes, QEP of Tonypandy, South Wales, UK, passed away on the 19th May 2012 after a short illness.
He was an unassuming but very nice guy who was great company and a great rugby supporter, and friend.
He wasn't bad at taking pictures either!
On behalf of all the FEP colleagues, I offer our condolences to his wife, Diane.
Jim Lowe, Chairman of the FEP Qualifications.

ID Photos and Passport Pictures

Very good news from Belgium!
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.

QEP record number

At the closing of Qep/Mqep booking deadline, we have a registration record number: 72 QEP candidates and 9 Master QEP candidates from the following countries: Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal, Slovakia and Spain.The judging session will be held in Brussels on Sat-Sun 09-10th June next. Good luck everybody!!! Looking forward to receive your panels!!!


Facebook Cover of the Month

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The FEP Facebook "cover of the month" is going on successfully!
Next round will open at the end of May for the cover of June.
Visit our page on Facebook and become our fan!
1) "MAY" winning image, by Anna Guadagnini.
2) "APRIL" winning image, by Nicholas Atkin.
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