QEV Rules and Regulations

QEV : Qualified European Videographer

The Qualified European Photographer (QEV) qualification aims to recognise and reward excellence in European Professional Videographers. It is designed to complement national awards systems.

To reach this level, a videographer must have excellent technical and artistic skills, the works submitted must have, besides technical talent a certain wow-factor that sets them apart from others. For a QEV application a panel of 3 video productions is required, all representing the candidates’ chosen field of specialization. The categories for for the QEV are, Wedding/Social Commercial, Documentary/Reportage, Personal Project.

The videos must have no markings identifying the candidate .

Eligibility for QEV Qualification

To be eligible to apply for a QEV Certificate, the candidate:

  1. must earn a living as a Photographer and / or Videographer.
  2. The QEV Certificates are only available to those who are authors of the original material and they are not intended for technicians or support staff.
  3. must be a member of a national professional photographers/Videographers association. The national association must be a member of the Federation of European Professional Photographers.
  4. Applications for the FEP video awards and qualifications are made directly on line on the FEP website.
  5. Application by non members can be accepted providing they are professional photographers legally registered and resident in European countries where there are not FEP member national associations to represent them. If an application is received from a Photographer/Videographer who is not member of a FEP member association, they must be registered with the tax authorities as a professional photographer/Videographer and they must show their VAT registration number or certificate of professional insurance which will be validated by the FEP.
  6. may be self-employed or an employee.
  7. must have operated as a professional photographer/Videographer for at least three consecutive years.
  8. must fulfil the necessary requirements in technical skills and meet an internationally acknowledged artistic and aesthetic standard necessary to uphold a highly accomplished professional status.
  9. must satisfy the requirements for professional practice skill, which will be assessed by the FEP member national association.
  10. must accept the FEP European Code of Professional Conduct.

Submission of Work

  1. each QEV candidate must submit a panel of 3 videos
  2. Ideally Videos submitted for QEV will be no longer than 3 minutes long. In the case of documentary videos the videos must not be more than 12 minutes long (except if a prior agreement has been made with the Chair of video judging. This will involve a pre qualification process in which the video chair will have the final say.)
  3. All videos submitted must have copyright clearance of any copyrighted music. All submissions will have been deemed to have this clearance. The responsibility for this rests on the candidate alone.
  4. Videos may be submitted in the category of the candidate’s specialist field of activity, Wedding/Social Commercial, Documentary/Reportage, Personal Project. The candidates are advised to stick to the one chosen specialist field of activity for their entry
  5. anonymity of the candidates will be respected at all times; however, the FEP secretariat will inform the national headquarters of the relevant FEP member association of the candidates about their application.
  6. if the application is submitted by a videographer who is not member of a FEP member association, he/she may be asked to submit, beyond the registration number as indicated above, some evidence of professional status, perhaps a photo of premises, interior or exterior, and/or an example of a website address, or any further publicity material; the requested criteria are indicated in the application form.
  7. the appropriate application fee (150 euros) must also accompany the submission, during the online application
  8. the submitted videos will be judged by international judges. In the case of online judging a minimum of three judges will judge the QEV. The successful candidates will have to achieve a minimum of 60% of possible votes to be successful. ( for example , if three judges view  a submission of three videos, there will be 9 credits available, to be successful a candidate must receive 6 out of the 9 credits) successful candidates   will receive a printed certificate for display in their studio.
  9. QEV certificate holders may then apply for a MASTER QEV certificate at the first available session, this will occur once a year.
  10. unsuccessful candidates will receive from the FEP a constructive critique of their work indicating why, on this occasion it has not been successful.
  11. these candidates may repeat the application at the first available judging session

Application Fee

An application fee of € 150,00 for QEV is due to cover the costs, jury expenses, certification etc. This will be required at the time of the online application.
The FEP secretariat will keep track of the membership of the candidate and of the payment of the entry fee. The registration will be considered only when FEP will receive evidence of the payment of the entry fee made by the candidate.


The Jury will be drawn from delegates nominated annually by the national organisations within their relevant QEV and Master QEV holders, and then selected by the Video Jury Chairman.
The decisions of the jury are final and binding. No contact with the Jury Chairman or Jury members are allowed before the judging.

Copyright and Releases

The copyright of all material submitted remains with the copyright holder. However the FEP reserves the right to use any of the material 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.

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 for judging any submitted videos unless the following procedures have been adhered to if:

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