EP Full Rules and Regulations

Eligibility for EP Qualification

To be eligible to apply for an EP Certificate the candidate:

  1. must earn a living as a maker of still images, either photochemical or digital. The EP Certificates are only available to those who are authors of the original images and they are not intended for photographic laboratory technicians or support staff.
  2. must be a member of a national professional photographers association. The national association must be a member of the Federation of European Professional Photographers, unless otherwise agreed by the relevant FEP member associations. Application by non members can be accepted providing they are professional photographers legally registered and resident in European countries where there are no FEP member national associations to represent them. If such an application is received from a photographer who is not member of a FEP member association, they must be registered with the tax authorities as a professional photographer and they must show their VAT registration number or certificate of professional insurance which will be validated by the FEP. For the ‘individual members’ mentioned above, there is an annual fee of € 70,00 payable to the FEP, for which they would receive the information and be eligible to apply for the FEP European qualifications, and to enter the FEP competitions at the members rates.
  3. may be self-employed or an employee.
  4. must have operated as a professional photographer for at least one consecutive year.
  5. must fulfil the necessary requirements in technical skills and achieve an acknowledged standard (determined by the FEP) necessary to uphold a professional status.
  6. must satisfy the requirements for professional practice skill, which will be assessed by the FEP member national association.
  7. must accept the FEP European Code of Professional Conduct.
    FEP Code of conduct

Submission of a portfolio

  1. each candidate must submit a panel of twelve images on-line
  2. the panel must contain 12 images of a single photographic specialisation (commercial, portrait, wedding etc.), or 6 images of a single photographic specialisation and 6 of any other. No names or additional identification marks may appear on any of the submitted work.
  3. EP is a qualification exclusively for professional photographers. Therefore, photographs created entirely (100 %) using AI – Artificial Intelligence will be disqualified and not accepted for an EP qualification.
  4. Most (80%) of the surface of the image must have been formed using a camera
  5. if AI is suspected in photos submitted for the EP qualification, then the photographer will be requested to submit all the raw files for verification and their panel will be judged at the next session if applicable. The EP Qualification chairman Johan Brouwers has the final decision.
  6. the submission must be images, colour or monochrome or a mixture.
  7. submission and judging will be entirely on-line; applications for entries are allways open.
  8. files should be uploaded at the original file resolution, at least 4,000px on the long side, saved as Maximum Quality *.jpg (compression 10-12 in Photoshop or similar).
  9. the submitted images will be judged by 3 international judges. EP candidates need 2 votes out of 3 to be deemed successful.
  10. anonymity of the candidates will be respected at all times; however, a list of the names of the candidates will be forwarded to the national headquarters of the relevant FEP member association.
  11. if the application is submitted by a photographer who is not member of a FEP member association (see above in “eligibility” – paragraph “2”), he/she may be asked to submit, beyond the registration number as indicated above, some evidence of their professional status, perhaps a photo of premises, interior or exterior, and/or an example of a brochure, website address, or any further publicity material.
  12. the appropriate application fee (50 euros) must be paid after the uploading of the images, through Stripe.
  13. successful EP photographers will receive the EP logo and a digital certificate (on web resolution). If a printed certificate is requested, a file with printing resolution will be sent to the related national association only.
  14. EP certificate holders may apply for a QEP qualification at the first available session. To apply for the QEP certificate they must be members of an FEP national association.
  15. unsuccessful candidates will receive from the FEP a constructive critique of their panel indicating why, on this occasion it has not been successful. This document with the comments of the jury must be kept confidential.
  16. these candidates may then repeat the application process once free of charge within the next 3 sessions. Unsuccessful candidates who reapply for free within the next 3 EP sessions have to send an e-mail to the secretariat informing about this new application.

Application Fee

An application fee of € 50,00 is due to cover the costs, such as venue charges, certification, jury expense, etc.
Candidates have to send their fees via Stripe (a secure online payment system with credit card). The FEP secretariat will keep tracks of the membership of the candidate and of the payment of the entry fee.


The Jury will be drawn from delegates nominated annually by the national organisations within their relevant QEP and Master QEP holders, and then selected by the EP Jury Chairman.

Copyright and Releases

The copyright of all images submitted remains with the copyright holder. However the FEP reserves the right to use any of the images submitted, without payment, for display and publicity purposes for this and future FEP awards or projects. It is vital that the candidate obtains the permission of the client and/or the copyright holder and any relevant model release forms, where appropriate before submitting the work.

Violation of the rules

Any violation of the FEP Qualifications rules will result in sanctions ranging from disqualification of the photographs submitted by the violator for the qualification session in question, to a suspension from participating in subsequent editions of the FEP Qualifications and FEP Awards competition for a period of 2 years.

Any disqualifications due to the participant not being the sole copyright holder of submitted entries, will automatically mean disqualification of all submitted entries and a two-year suspension from participation in the FEP qualifications and FEP competitions, as decided by the FEP’s board on May 15, 2023.

A validation committee consisting of the Chairman of the FEP Qualifications, the FEP President and the FEP CEO will investigate the violations and decide on sanctions to be taken.

Secretariat and Organisation

All candidates will receive written notification of the result of their submission from the FEP Secretariat. A list of all successful candidates ONLY will be announced. The anonymity of all candidates will be respected at all times including during judging sessions.

The FEP Secretariat will not allow any submitted pictures for judging unless the following procedures have been adhered to if:

  • the images submitted do not conform to these rules
  • the submission fee has not been paid
  • the membership of the candidates has not been confirmed by their relevant association

Also see our EP-FAQ page