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Stuart Receives BIPP Fellowship (FBIPP) Qualification

We are so proud to announce that our Studio Director, Stuart Mansfield (ABIPP), has received the BIPP Fellowship (FBIPP) Qualification for his portfolio ‘Growing Up’. FBIPP is attained for distinguished and exceptional ability and creativity.

About BIPP Fellowship Qualification

The British Institute of Professional Photography (BIPP) Qualifications provide an internationally recognised benchmark in professional photography.  To successfully achieve a qualification, candidates submit a portfolio of images and accompanying supporting evidence to be assessed against exacting standards.

There are three qualifications, each reflecting increasing levels of experience, skill and achievement:

  1. Licentiateship (LBIPP)
    Entry level qualification, showing an established professional level of skill and competence
  2. Associateship (ABIPP)
    A high standard of craftsmanship and creative ability
  3. Fellowship (FBIPP)
    Attainable for distinguished and exceptional ability and creativity

Throughout the year, BIPP Assessors nominate portfolios that they feel are exceptional.  These portfolios are then re-assessed for consideration for the annual Qualification Awards and presented every year at the Professional Photography Awards.

Here is a sneak peak of Stuart’s portfolio ‘Growing Up’ for which he received his FBIPP qualification.


This is what Stuart had to say: ‘I feel very proud to have gained my Fellowship. Over the last two years I have been focused on developing my photography and I feel my Fellowship project reflects the hard work I’ve invested into my images. It is a huge honour to gain this level of recognition from fellow professional photographers. I am very excited about developing my work further and planning my next project.

Stuart is also representing the UK in the World Photographic Cup 2018. Watch this space!

About Stuart

Stuart is an award-winning portrait photographer, with over 20 years’ experience, and is a qualified member of the BIPP. He fell in love with photography whilst studying art and design at school. Drawn to photography by the combination of creativity and technical skill. Stuart then went on to complete a BA hons degree in Photography at the University of Creative Arts in Farnham. During his degree, he focused on documentary portraiture photography.

After Graduating in 1998, with a 1st class honours degree, Stuart’s images were featured in the John Kobal Portrait Prize. He was also runner up in the Observer Hodge Award in 1999. From 2000 to 2013 Stuart had a successful career with one of the leading portrait companies in the UK. He gained a huge amount of experience photographing with people of all ages and developing his business skills.

Earlier this year, Stuart achieved title of BIPP Photographer of the Year 2017. The BIPP Photographer of the Year Award is regarded as one of the highest in photography and truly is a remarkable achievement.

2017 BIPP Photographer of the Year

2017 BIPP Photographer of the Year


about BIPP

Lovelight Photography is a proud member of the British Institute of Professional Photography. All of the team at Lovelight are qualified members of the BIPP. The BIPP is an internationally recognized qualifying organisation with over 100 years experience in supporting and networking photographers. They are a not for profit organisation delivering education, qualifications and professional development to photographers. They achieve this by offering a challenging qualifications structure alongside a full programme of training courses, events and a number of preferential deals on useful products and services.