About Us

The British Press Photographers’ Association was formed in 1984 to promote and inspire the highest ethical, technical and creative standards from within the profession. In 2003 we moved our remit forward to include a new goal of raising awareness and appreciation of our industry outside it.

We now count a huge percentage of the country’s finest press photographers amongst our membership and we are determined to keep it that way.

In 2003 we had an exhibition at a central London gallery called UNSEEN to showcase the large number of amazing photographs that, for a wide variety of reasons, never saw the light of day and were never published. We followed that up in 2005 with the seminal ‘Five Thousand Days’ – a book that sold well over 10,000 copies and showed press photography of the highest quality.

Since then we have published two more books, had several web based projects and we have supported the Press Photographer’s Year competition since its inception.


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