Let us introduce to you: "United Photographers International”, shortened as UPI
At the outset, it must be said that UPI is not a replacement for local “club” photography where photographers attend on a regular basis and take a full and active role in their “club” or for regional, federation or national level photography.
UPI is formed for those photographers who wish to take part in a truly international organisation where photographic art allows and encourages cultural exchange.
UPI does not seek to replicate the work of PSA or FIAP - both organisations do a valuable job in the promotion of photography. UPI operate its own distinctions scheme where photographers collects points from acceptances, mentions and awards in international exhibitions ; members can apply for UPI “crowns” without further submission of work or gaining more “acceptances”.
A different system of UPI titles, based on stunning photo collections, are:
Aphrodite, Hermes and Zeus.
So, what does UPI offers to prospective members? What do you get for your money?
UPI is a truly international photographic organisation – with UPI inspired and managed BY photographers and managed FOR photographers. The management board is currently represented by 9 internationally renowned photographers from 7 countries with members of UPI from 4 continents. Each country has a dedicated UPI national “delegate” who is the local contact point for all issues related to UPI.
Every section of photography is encouraged by UPI and equally valued. By this we mean that all the aspects of photography can be found within UPI and based on comradeship and mutual respect by all.
Being international it is recognised that it will not be possible for the whole UPI membership to meet regularly but regular meetings will be help on both a national or regional basis where technical and visual presentations and discussion on a range of topics. National/regional exhibitions will be exchanged on a planned basis which will mean that images of the members will be displayed and seen in many different counties.
UPI will make extensive use of the UPI web site where information on events and competitions will be held, members galleries displayed and competition details/results displayed. UPI will run quarterly competitions with a “set-subject” and judged by a panel of internationally renowned judges. The best images will be available for sale to the general public as “greetings cards” bringing recognition to both the photographer and UPI.
UPI will run workshops, photo festivals, exchange trips and opportunities to take images with internationally renowned photographers worldwide which form bonds with those taking part as well as host photographers.
UPI currently offers reduced entry fees for UPI members of to UPI supported salons and exhibitions.