Both The Queen and MPA celebrate their Diamond Jubilees in 2012, which makes this year's overall 'International Master Photographer of the Year' title even more special.
The Awards are considered the most anticipated of those in the UK, and are open to all qualified members of the Association, plus there are also several open categories this year that are available to other professional photographers from the UK and around the world - not just members of the MPA.
Non-members have the opportunity to enter into the following categories: the Yervant Bride Award, the David Facey Award, the Aspiring Members open category, the Scientific Applied and Technical Award, and the Fellows Open category (open to Professional Photographers holding a Fellowship of MPA, BIPP, RPS, AIIP (Australia) and IPPA (Ireland)).
Additionally, two new categories are launched for this year's Awards; the Young Photographer Award (Under 16s) which is free to enter, and the Jubilee Award, a category created especially for images of the 2012 'Jubilee' events, which has a reduced fee of only £2.50 to mark the special occasion.
The Awards ceremony, set to take place at the spectacular Gateshead Hilton in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne on Sunday 14th October, welcomes this year an exciting addition to the Wedding category in the form of 'Wedding Art and Fashion,' inviting members to submit creative work involving elements not present on the wedding day.
In response to high membership demand, the 2012 Awards also welcomes the 'Wedding Day' category, allowing photographers to submit real images taken on the big day.
Photographers are asked to submit their final images before the closing date of Friday August 3rd 2012, with all images having been created or produced between the dates of June 1st 2011 and July 31st 2012. For more information, please visit the Master Photography Awards