The AIPP has addressed concerns from the professional photographer community about its current direction in a posting on the AIPP Blog titled ‘AIPP Mythbusting’.
‘Today we aim to take a metaphorical axe to some of the myths or misconceptions around AIPP, our current strategies, and the future of the organisation,’ the unsigned article explains.
We ‘reached out’ over three weeks ago to the Australian Institute of Professional Photography (now defining itself as ‘the leading body and home of photography and video’) to respond to some questions about its recent changes and plans for the future. They didn’t reach out back to us! Some of the issues canvassed in our questions are addressed in the ‘mythbusting’ article. Here’s a precise of the busted myths:
AIPP is no longer about professionals.
‘Accredited members are at the core of our community, enhancing everything we’re about.’ This is underscored the appointment of Louise Bagger as the AIPP Accredited Division Head, along with David Simmonds to assist her. Goes on to note that professional photographers make themselves useful to other members via their ‘experience, guidance, and the many events they present and participate in.’
Growing General Membership will take away from Accredited Members.
‘There will always be a distinction between a General Member and an Accredited Professional Photographer or Accredited Professional Video Producer.’
Also, growing general membership is good for professionals because of: greater business networking opportunities and broader talent-base; it improves AIPP’s position to lobby effectively for the rights of all photographers and video producers; it provides more access to the $7 billion available in arts funding.
Chapters will dilute AIPP’s focus and mission.
‘Chapters will enrich the membership experience for remote and regional members as well as for specialist photographers.’
AIPP is now a big Camera Club.
‘We value camera clubs in Australia, there’s room for us both.’ It’s wrong for AIPP members to see see camera clubs ‘in a perjorative sense’ and ‘we’re not in competition, but in collaboration’ with camera clubs and the Australian Photographic Society.
AIPP is only interested in competitions.
‘There’s so much more going on than competitions, but they are excellent for developing craft and receiving feedback.’
AIPP and the board have abandoned the organisation’s Constitution.
‘The AIPP Board has left no stone unturned to ensure they are legally and correctly operating within the bounds of the Constitution and are acting for the benefit of AIPP and its members.‘
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