The New Zealand Institute of Professional Photography (NZIPP) is the only qualifying body for professional photographers in New Zealand, and currently has over 350 members across NZ covering the disciplines of Wedding, Portrait and Commercial Photography.
First founded in 1938, the NZIPP is a non-profit Incorporated Society run by professional image-makers. The NZIPP represents the interests of professional photographers across NZ on issues relevant to the industry such as copyright, legal and business matters, and technical developments in rapidly changing areas such as digital imaging. It cultivates friendship and mutual understanding between photographers and raises the profile of professional photography through its activities and events.
Through a demanding Qualification process, we enable members to gain professional recognition in the form of Qualified Professional status. This, in addition to the stringent membership criteria and Code of Ethics ensures that members are professional in both their creative and business practices. Comprising professional photographers from all over New Zealand who support, challenge, and encourage each other, the Institute strives to maintain and promote the highest professional standards in the industry through education, fellowship and support
Currently it has three divisions: Commercial, Wedding, & Portrait. These run as independent groups under the NZIPP banner, coming together for important events. A Board of five directors is responsible for the governance of the Institute, which has a national office in Christchurch. There are also seven regional branches of the Institute across New Zealand, each of which has a Regional Chair, Secretary and Treasurer elected from the regional membership. The Regions maintain a regular schedule of seminars, workshops and networking activities for their local members.
I am currently Chairperson of the Otago Southland branch of the NZIPP. We are a very active region and are often planning meetings, coffee catch ups and overnight trips.
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