Would you like to set the standard for European photography?

The 2010 FEP European Professional Photographer of the Year Awards, sponsored by EPSON, is a benchmark in European photography – and professional photographers now have a chance to obtain these prestigious awards by participating in this competition, where images from the best of photography will compete.One of the most important competitions worldwide“With the FEP European Professional Photographers of the Year, I entered one of the most important competitions worldwide, since, as has been demonstrated by the participants in 2009, the level is very high; you compete against great names in European Photography. Winning the competition is a great recognition for a professional photographer and for me it meant a lot both personally and professionally – giving great international prestige.” Strong words from FEP European Professional Photographer of the Year 2009, Jose Luis Guardia Peinado, Spain who also won a category with his very strong bridal portrait. He adds, “My work is internationally based and winning has strengthened the confidence of my clients in the quality of my work and opened new business opportunities.”The competition is now open for entries from European Photographers. Non-Europeans can participate in a special section.Photographers can enter 3 images in each of the following categories:

  • Commercial (advertising, fashion, food, architecture, corporate, etc.)
  • Reportage (social, press and travel reportage)
  • Portraits (conventional/unconventional, incl. nudes)
  • Wedding (traditional as well as experimental)
  • Landscape (including urban landscape, nature and wildlife)
  • Illustrative (including pictorial images)
  • INTERNATIONAL SECTION (open to photographers not resident in Europe – and open to all pictures)

Category winners will be awarded a “Golden Camera Award” – and the overall winner will be awarded FEP European Professional Photographer of the Year 2010Makes your heart skip a beat “At national level to be hovering close to the top is always reassuring. But winning a top prize on a European stage against the ‘best of the best’ makes your heart skip a beat. And whilst winning an award of such magnitude is indeed an ‘ego boost’, the real value is to be gained through the high profile jobs that can be won as a consequence. High profile clients want high ‘profile photographers’, they want to be seen to be winners too”, Gerry O’Leary, Ireland, 2009 Winner of the Commercial Category states. Gerry also holds the prestigious Master Qualified European Photographer distinction. “The more I understand it, the sweeter the taste of my victory. I am sure that participation in such contests makes a photographer grow professionally”. Pictorial-category winner Yuri Afanasiev, Russia, adds.With FEP President Neil Warner as Chairman of the Jury, this prestigious competition will be judged by an international jury.The competition will close for entries on July 15th 2010. The entrants will be asked to pay a small fee for participating. The winners will be announced at the EPSON stand in Photokina, Cologne, on September 22nd 2010 The 2010 FEP European Professional Photographer of the Year Awards, sponsored by EPSON, can be seen at www.europeanphotographers.eu For further information please contact FEP press officer Jørgen Brandt at pressofficer@europeanphotographers.eu