The Societies’ Member Benefits


The Societies

Europe's largest independent association for the serious photographer - Join today from only £99 a year or £10 a month

The Societies are a group of organisations incorporating the interests of all aspects of photography. The membership is open to full-time professional, semi-professional and the serious enthusiast. The membership has continued to rise exponentially and shows no sign of slowing down.

Mentor Me Programme

Receive one to one appraisals of your work through the ‘Mentor Me’ programme. All reports include recommendations for participation in training programmes pertinent to your professional development and it doesn’t just stop at reaching your Licentiateship. In fact, that is only the beginning on a journey of lifelong learning.

Members Training Days

The Members Training Days have now been running since April 2010 and are getting rave reviews from the members who have attended so far.

The Members Training came about as a follow-on from our Mentor Me program. We wanted to be able to point members towards some skill training to aid their development as photographers.

Gaining Qualifications

The Societies has a number of qualification levels/distinctions for photographers. Levels Licentiate, Associate and Fellowship are available in all 8 of our Societies, with Craftsman only being available in Wedding. Once you gain these distinctions you will be able to use the appropriate lettering after your name.

Professional Imagemaker Magazine

Professional Imagemaker is renowned as one of the most informative magazines in the photographic business.

Aimed at the professional photographer through to the serious enthusiast, Professional Imagemaker features articles on photographic techniques, photographic software, specialist interviews, practical advice and photographic inspiration to name a few, to inspire and educate you to enhance you photographic career.

Professional Imagemaker is published six times per year and is free to members of Societies

Do you like entering image competitions?

The Societies’ FREE monthly online competition is a ‘must’ for all our members. There are 25 categories that cover all aspects of photography and it is judged by some of the most esteemed Fellow, Master and Grand Master photographers in the UK and across the world. All entries which gain the coveted ‘Gold’ award are put forward to our annual judging and, if deemed to be the best, can gain their maker a prestigious ‘Photographer of the Year’ Award within its category at our annual Awards Dinner.

Network with other photographers on our online community.

Keeping in touch with fellow photographers on The Societies’ Forum, we believe is one of the most significant benefits of membership.

Whatever stage you are at in your career, forum membership gives you the opportunity to:

  • Be at the forefront of knowledge sharing and best practice thinking
  • Keep up to date with current photo issues
  • Debate with experts in specialist areas
  • Network with other photographers
  • Add to your continuous professional development

Enhancing Your Business

The Societies provides a range of benefits to help grow your photographic business.

These include:

  • Business listing on our website
  • Trade sponsored promotions for members
  • 24 hour legal advice line (UK Only)
  • Reduced insurance rates (UK Only)
  • Free to join Bump to Baby and My First Year schemes (UK Only)

The Societies’ Convention

The Societies’ Annual Convention runs for seven days in January, at The Hilton London Metropole and it’s your photographic ‘me time’.

See all the latest cameras and other photographic gear at the three day Trade Show, be inspired by an abundance of world-renowned photographers in our many seminars, compete and showcase your work in the 20x16” Print Competition and join us to celebrate excellence within the photographic industry at the Annual Awards Dinner.

Contact Us

The Societies
6 Bath Street
LL18 3EB

Phone: 01745 356935