Licentiateship (LBIPP) Full Rules and Regulations

Eligibility for LBIPP Qualification

To be eligible to apply for a Licentiateship (LBIPP) Qualification Certificate the candidate:

  1. Must earn a living as a maker of still images, either photochemical or digital. The LBIPP Certificate is available to those who are authors of the original images and can also be offered to photographic laboratory technicians, photographic re-touchers and support staff.
  2. Must be a member of British Institute of Professional Photography.
  3. Must fulfil the necessary requirements in technical and creative skills and achieve an acknowledged standard (determined by the BIPP) necessary to uphold a professional status.
  4. Must satisfy the requirements for professional practice skill, which will be assessed by BIPP Assessors.
  5. Must accept the BIPP Code of Professional Conduct.
  6. You must be professionally insured, with public liability and professional indemnity insurance.

Code of Professional Conduct

Introduction: This Code of Professional Conduct is published by the Board of Directors of the Institute in accordance with Article 61 (g) of the Institute’s Articles of Association.

The Code shall have effect from June 2007 until amended or replaced. By accepting membership of the Institute, each member agrees to be bound by this Code. If a member is or has been, in the opinion of the Board of Directors, guilty of any conduct which breaches this Code, the Board may in its absolute discretion expel or suspend that member for such period and on such terms as it thinks fit. The Code: Members shall do nothing that may damage the reputation or standing of the Institute and in all their professional dealings and works shall:

  1. Act professionally, fairly, courteously, honestly and with the integrity reasonably expected of a member of a professional body;
  2. Maintain the confidentiality of information supplied to them or obtained by them in confidence;
  3. Exercise all reasonable skill, care and diligence in carrying out their duties and, where those duties are discretionary, act in good faith;
  4. Act in accordance with the law and all regulations applying to them including the Articles of the Institute and any regulations issued there under;
  5. Uphold the high professional standards reasonably expected by the Institute of its members;
  6. Not knowingly condone or assist another member to breach this Code;
  7. Co-operate with the Institute and any person appointed by it in an investigation into an alleged breach of this Code.

Submission of Work

Each candidate must submit online a panel of twenty images.
The panel must contain twenty images of a single photographic specialisation (commercial, portrait, wedding etc.).
No names or additional identification marks may appear on any of the submitted work.
In case of any doubts, or when the submitted images include a relevant postproduction work, the BIPP may ask the candidate to submit also the original unprocessed files.
The submission must be images, colour or monochrome or a mixture.
Submission and judging will be entirely online; applications for entries are all ways open.
Files should be uploaded at the original file resolution, at least 4,000px on the long side.
Three BIPP designated judges will judge the submitted images. LBIPP candidates need 2 votes out of 3 to be deemed successful.
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.
The appropriate application fee (£150.00) must be paid after the uploading of the images, through Stripe.
Successful LBIPP photographers will receive the BIPP logo and a digital certificate (on web resolution). If a printed certificate is requested, this can be posted out if necessary.
LBIPP qualified certificate holders may apply for an Associateship (ABIPP) qualification at the first available session.
Unsuccessful candidates will receive from the BIPP a constructive critique of their panel indicating why, on this occasion it has not been successful.

Application Fee

An application fee of £150.00 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 BIPP Administrator will keep records of the membership of the candidate and of the payment of the entry fee.



The Assessors will be drawn from the BIPP pool of Assessors from our relevant FBIPP holders, and then selected by the Assessor Chairman.

Copyright and Releases

The copyright of all images submitted remains with the copyright holder. However the BIPP reserves the right to use any of the images submitted, without payment, for display and publicity purposes for this and future BIPP 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.


BIPP Organisation

All candidates will receive written notification of the result of their submission from the BIPP Administrator. 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 BIPP Administrator will not allow for judging any submitted pictures unless the following procedures have been adhered to if:

  • The images do not conform to these rules
  • The submission fee has not been paid
  • BIPP membership of the candidates has not been confirmed