Hellenic Photographic Society – Professional Association

May 22nd, 2021 by

The Hellenic Photographic Society (HPS) was established in 1952 for the sole purpose to attract creative photographers in the 50s,60s and 70s in Greece. It attracted many professional photographers by providing lectures on creative photography and knowledge. It also organizes the Pan-Hellenic photo contests and provides prize money and incentives to maintain photographic art and emulation in Greece.

Its creative photographer members played a vital role in greec’s photography scenery by providing modern art proposals. Among many of their famous photographers who played an important role in the evolution of photography are: S. Meletzis, K. Balafas, D. Harisiadis, A. Ververis, D. Letsios T. Tloupas, I. Apostolidis, M.Chrousaki, Th.Tsagkris, N. Blackbeard,Chr.Tselios, B. Papaioannou, Z. Stella, P. Brousali.

The HPS offers continuous photographic representation of the country’s artistic life which gave strength to the photography art in postwar Greece. It managed to provide services more than 60 years in the first line of creative creation by producing artistic creation and dialogue.

Hellenic Photographic Society regularly issued The magazine “Hellenic Photography ”, from June 1954 to January 1993 by the help of HPS editorial committee. This magazine hosts important examples of artistic photographers and provides a reference to modern researchers of the photography development in Greece. Now the magazine is re-issued in digital format with rich content and released every three months.

Why Need to Know about them
In recent times the HPS actively take part in photography events throughout Greece and in international levels. By representing Greece in Biennales and other international competitions and exhibitions HPS prompts art work of Greece. Recently this society has organized the International Photography Festival ten years in a row and continues to organize National Photography competitions for more than 50 years. It also operates the only showroom in Athens which is specially for photography.

As a member of this group creative photographers produce high quality artistic work and showcase them to genuine public. It also provides a series of lectures on photography, seminars for beginner and advanced photographers.It is a member of of F.I.A.P. (Federation Internationale de l’ArtPhotographique – International Federation of Photographic Art) since 1954 and is the sole representative in Greece.

There is no easy way to be part of this association. HPS awards artistic and Honorary distinctions to artists with quality work. Keeping with the international standard HPS will award artistic titles to members only who are distinguished in national and international contests. They also provide honorary titles who invest a long time to offer their services to creative art in Greece voluntarily and a long time to benefit the society. To get the artistice distinctions you have to fill up a form and share information and send a mail to the Director of services.

Become A Member
To become a member of EFE, it is enough to fill in and submit an application to the society. The cost of member registration is 15 € once.

● 50 € per year for the residents of Athens,
● 30 € per year for the residents of the province.
● Repayment in 2 installments (every 6 months)

As a member you can Our members can:
● Participate in all our events for free or at a discount
● To take part in photography exhibitions in Greece and abroad
● Participate in FIAP Biennales
● Apply for FIAP distinctions and titles
● To receive the EFE Newsletter for free at home
● To promote their work in the Photo Gallery of the EFE website

Federation of European Photographers – FEP

May 21st, 2021 by

The Federation of European Professional Photographers, also known as FEP is a well renowned non-profit organization of photographers. It was established in 1999 to support and construct a network between photographers and governments worldwide.

At present FEP represents over 50,000 professional photographers residing in Belgium, Belarus, Austria, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Norway, the Netherlands, Portugal, Russia, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Ukraine and the United Kingdom. It has a national association in those countries to connect photographers between different countries.

This organization also has individual photographer members in Greece, Estonia, Poland, Moldova and Switzerland. These countries are not represented by their corresponding association.

Why Join FEP

The FEP started with the goal to provide education, distinctions and professional development to photographers. The purpose of this organization is to provide a demanding qualification structure with a set of code of conduct and ethics. They also provide programmed events and various types of special promotions to several products and services.

When you are a part of this community you will have a vast community of international photographer members to collaborate ideas, knowledge and support for your work. This also represents a great opportunity for you to achieve a professional status within the photography industry.

As a member of FEP, you will get protection of rights and support for your professional photography work with the help of communication with national and international organizations. FEP represents the interest of its member national organizations on a global scale on topics like standards, rights, training, standards etc.

FEP organizes a popular competition called European Professional Photographer of the year annually to promote the highest standard of European photography. It also organizes a biannual competition for emerging talents and youth photographers and a monthly Facebook competition. You can join these competitions to prove your skill and craft.

FEP Membership

FEP is an organization of associations. So basically national associations of photographers in countries in Europe are the members of Federation of European Professional photographers. If you are a part of one association, then you are a member of FEP. It has three types of Members

Full members:

The full members are the actual member associations and those admitted as such by the General Assembly. To be admitted as a full member: a national association must be made up of professional photographers based in Europe, legally constituted in their country of origin, provided they are nationally representative, they include a significant number of professional photographers and they operate democratically, with each member having one vote.

Affiliate Members:

May be admitted as affiliate members of the FEP: Associations of Professional Photographers from countries outside Europe; all legal persons (such as societies, corporations, foundations, institutions and national industries, international corporations etc.) related to professional photography in Europe.

Individual members:

Individual members can be accepted into the FEP, provided they are professional photographers legally registered in European countries and resident in countries where the FEP has not yet a member national association, the proviso being that if a member organization was admitted, they should join it within 2 years. Affiliate or individual members, once admitted, may participate in all training and qualifications organized and authorized by the FEP.

How to join

To be a full, affiliated or individual member of FEP, you need to send an official request by sending a letter of interest to join and a copy of the constitution of your association. Then FEP will make the decision to make you a member in the General Assembly by a vote.

Annual Fees
After becoming a member, you need to pay a yearly fee. This amount is decided in a general Assembly by FEP. Full and affiliate members need to pay different annual fees based on their actual membership. If you are an individual, then there is a fee of € 70,00. For this fee you would receive the information to be eligible to apply for the FEP European qualifications, and to enter the FEP competition at the member’s rates.