The Societies (incl SWPP) are celebrating record recruitment numbers following the organisation’s most successful Focus event in a decade.
Juliet Jones, The Societies’ MD said: “It’s been a full-on, flat-out, bumper show for us with hundreds of new and aspirational photographers signing up for membership of one or more of our eight photo-societies. We had typically buoyant interest in the SWPP but also in our complement of additional societies covering the burgeoning wildlife, fashion and event photography sectors.”
She added: “We had top class speakers and demonstrators on hand and the stand was a constant hive of activity across the four day event. At one point we had hardly enough staff to cope with demand.”
The success of the Focus event comes hot on the heels of The Societies’ own Convention held in London in January and visited by over 12,500 photographers and imaging industry specialists. With its 7,000 – strong membership The Societies reaches out to all serious photographers from complete novices to some of the biggest professional names in the world.
CEO Phil Jones said: “2010 is set to be a very important year of expansion for us. The Societies is the fastest growing worldwide association for professional photographers and now, in addition to our flagship SWPP (Society of wedding and portrait photographers) we are proactively promoting seven additional societies.”
“These comprise: SIMPP (Society of international media and press); SISLP (Society of international sport and leisure) SINWP (Society of international nature and wildlife); SIFGP (Society of international fashion and glamour) SISEP (Society of international school of event photography) SITTP (Society of international travel and tourism) and SICIP (Society of international commercial and industrial photographers).”