Project 5 BIPP


This year the Awards will be made on Sunday 14th May 2017 at the Edinburgh Marriott Hotel, 111 Glasgow Rd, Edinburgh EH12 8NF. Further details will be announced on in due course.

The student who has submitted the highest quality entry overall in the student category will be chosen as the Scottish Student Photographer of the Year.

The following categories will be judged. An overall winner will also be chosen in each category plus a runner-up

Student (STD):

  • a) Social & Portraiture
  • b) Advertising
  • c) Fashion
  • d) Photo-journalism
  • e) Open – anything not covered by previous four categories


  • Entries must be in digital form only and must be sent via to , completed entry forms can be sent to the same email as an attachment.
  • Images must be submitted as on JPEG file format at print resolution (300dpi) of it were to print to a maximum size of 16 inches in the largest dimension
  • The FILENAME must be the TITLE of the image, preceded by the code for the category entered, for example: ICM-title-of-the-image.jpg Entries should contain the suffix a,b,c or d to indicate which subcategory they are entering their image. e.g. STDa_girlportrait.jpg.
  • All images must have been taken since 1st May 2016.

Student Category: BIPP Student Member – £2 per image, Non-members – £3per image

Submissions will be accepted from 6th March 2017
All entrants must complete an individual entry form The deadline for all submissions is 21st April 2017. Entries after the deadline are not accepted. Entry form is available following this link


I have been on BIPP students award before and I was lucky enough to win a merit award with my image „Mind Games“ in social/portraiture category in 2015 when I was studying HNC photography in Motherwell College 2014/2015

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Mind Games

I have been twice on BIPP student awards and I saw that the judges are different and sometimes very poor images win when there is actually much better images in the same category, I have learned from this that sometimes even the best pictures don’t win because the opinion on what is the best picture is different for different people.

Previously on BIPP student competition there wasn’t Fashion category and it all went under advertising, so they decided to add Fashion as well because there is big amount of students who want to become fashion photographers and would like to compete with each other so this year there will be more chances for me to win award because my picture don’t have to compete with advertising photography as it was last year. Last years winner in advertising category.

From the winning images, I personally don’t think that the image where the woman is looking out of the window is advertising at all and I believe there were much better advertising images in that category, but as I said before that people opinion is different.

My selection

Below you can see the selection of images between from what I chose the final image to submit for BIPP for Fashion category.

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All the images are interesting to look at, well lit and composed. They all would fit into the Fashion category but I chose the spotty one, this is how I named the image as well “Spotty”


I chose this image that I have done for my Graded Unit for HND, I personally think that this is still one of the best fashion images that I have produced so far and fortunately it was made in May month so it will meet the conditions that were said in the brief. Hopefully, my image will stand out from other fashion photographs as its very eye catching because of the background that matches with the clothes. The black and white are very silvery what gives a metallic feel to the image.I used photoshop to make a square of negative colors around her what helps to keep eye on the model. I like the model strong face expression what works with her pose.


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