North West

Welcome to BIPP North West Region

The North West Region of the British Institute of Professional Photography is made up of members in Cheshire, Cumbria, Greater Manchester, Isle of Man, Lancashire, Merseyside, Flintshire, Gwynedd, and Wrexham.

Mission Statement:

Photography can be a lonely business and making a living from it is tough.

Whether you have been stuck alone in a studio all day, spent hours in the car only to find the weather wasn’t right at the shoot location, or you’ve been the only person at a wedding not able to relax with a glass of Champagne... we can all benefit from a chance to unwind with colleagues, set the world to rights, ask questions, share our experiences, and learn something new.

The BIPP North West Region is a relaxed community of working photographers who meet, chat, network, support each other, and learn from one another. Whatever your photographic background or discipline, come along, make some new friends and business contacts... Everyone is welcome.


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NEW DATE! Wednesday 25th July 2018 - Judge’s and People’s Choice Print Competition and Critique 

Statham Lodge Hotel, Lymm, Cheshire, WA13 9BP 19:30

The return of an old favourite… The judge’s and people’s choice print competition.

Dig out those potentially award winning images from the depths of your hard drive and go head-to-head with your North West colleagues… There are six awards up for grabs:

  • BIPP North West Commercial Image of the Year 2018 - Judge's Choice
  • BIPP North West Commercial Image of the Year 2018 - People's Choice
  • BIPP North West Social Image of the Year 2018 - Judge's Choice
  • BIPP North West Social Image of the Year 2018 - People's Choice
  • BIPP North West Open Image of the Year 2018 - Judge's Choice
  • BIPP North West Open Image of the Year 2018 - People's Choice

There are three categories… Commercial (commissioned commercial photography), Social (commissioned social photography) and Open (personal, self-commissioned, fine art photography).

Each category will have a ‘Judge’s Choice’ bronze, silver and winner judged by a very experienced BIPP and SWPP judge, and a ‘People’s Choice’ bronze, silver and winner chosen by the photographers themselves.

Three very simple rules:

  1. You can enter a maximum of five images in to each category (15 in total).
  2. Entries should be 10x8 / A4 unmounted prints.
  3. Everyone who enters is entitled to vote - although not for you own! - for the people’s choice awards.

A flat entry fee of £5 (£10 for non BIPP members) for each photographer covers all their entries (15 max). 

This is a great opportunity to inspire, be inspired, give and receive friendly feedback, relax and chat photography with your colleagues. We look forward to seeing you and your best work on the night.

Wednesday 22nd August 2018 - Behind the Scenes with Venture Photography

Venture Studio Stockport, 135 Wellington Road, Stockport, Cheshire, SK4 2PF - 19:30

For our first ‘Roadshow’ event of the year we are delighted to have been invited to the Venture studio in Stockport for a behind the scenes look at the Venture Photography operation.

We’ll hear from four of Venture’s key employees, each working in a different part of the business, but each a vital link in the chain.

  • Mike Wilson is Venture’s Operations Director and is responsible for the commercial oversight and financial health of Venture’s UK and international studios. A creative business needs to be supported by sound commercial foundations to help it thrive, Mike’s leadership provides those foundations for Venture’s day to day operations.
  • Alicia Hall is Venture’s Creative Director. She is tasked with maintaining and evolving the technical and creative quality of Venture’s team of photographers and retouchers. We can all struggle to keep on top of our own creative development at times, so nurturing and inspiring 50+ photographers is a huge responsibility.
  • Jessica Wilkins is the current Venture Photographer of the Year. Based in Liverpool, Jessica’s energy and creativity are essential to enable her to excel in the non-stop bustle of a high street studio. Both photographers and front-line customer points of contact, Jessica and her photographer colleagues are arguably Venture’s most valuable asset.
  • David Nield works within Venture’s print operation Premier Image. All the sales and photographic efforts are wasted unless the final product meets the customer’s expectations. David’s experience with high-end file preparation and printing techniques ensure that standards don’t fall at this final hurdle.
Whatever segment of this diverse industry you work in, you’ll be sure to come away with some ideas that can be implemented within your own business. An evening not to be missed!

Wednesday 12th September 2018 - Neil Redfern

Statham Lodge Hotel, Lymm, Cheshire, WA13 9BP

We’ll be joined by Neil Redfern, current North West Wedding Photographer of the Year.

October (date to be confirmed)- Blackpool College

While our core meetings are held at Statham Lodge in Cheshire, we want to stretch our legs once in a while and visit other parts of the wonderful North West.

Blackpool college has arguably the best and most respected photography degree course in the UK, and we’re delighted that the college are opening their doors to us. An evening for both professionals and students, we’ll have a live demo in the fully equipped college studio moving on to some informal discussions with time for everyone to mingle and get to know one another.

Wednesday 14th November 2018 - Software Workflows

Statham Lodge Hotel, Lymm, Cheshire, WA13 9BP

The beauty of photography is its diversity. A wedding photographer needs a very different approach to their workflow compared to a studio photographer. But we can all learn something from hearing how other people approach similar challenges. Are you passionate about something you do, or a particular workflow you have? We want to hear from you. Clever automation, workflow tricks and time saving hacks can make us way more efficient, allow us to produce a better result for our clients, and maybe save some of the midnight oil we all burn from time to time.

A chance to learn about simple shortcuts like Photoshop actions, more advanced automation such as Keyboard Maestro, or even programming physical buttons and knobs to control software using MIDI or other interfaces.

Wednesday 9th January 2019 - Barry Makariou In Motion Portraits

Statham Lodge Hotel, Lymm, Cheshire, WA13 9BP

Barry and his business partner Dave Nield run a portrait company with a twist… In Motion Portraits. Mixing action stopping photography with advertising inspired retouching, they create dynamic portraits of sports people and teams. Finding out what is involved in creating this unique end result will be fascinating.