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Anyone know anything about IFPO (International Freelance Photographers Organization), are they legit?

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by Nayan Sthankiya at 2005-02-21 18:29:33 UTC (ed. Mar 12 2008 ) Seoul , Korea (South) | Bookmark | | Report spam→

Hi

Here is a link I found in regards to IFPO.
http://www.betterphoto.com/forms/QnAdetail.asp?threadID=2327
I remember them in 2000, I believe they were located in Maine USA, (don´t quote me on that, been awhile), as at the time I was doing my copies in a community photo lab in Lewiston, and they had a poster and a link on their website to this organization. Never did anything with them so I cannot say if their legit or not. I had looked at the press card, but it´s not a golden ticket.

I didn’t join, not sure of the magazine, but I didn´t really need the press card they keep talking about. I just read the membership benefits, and I never had a problem with what they have on the list. For accreditation, find a photo agency that is interested in you and your location. It doesn´t have to be AFP, Getty, AP, EFE etc etc, can be smaller ones, and they usually treat you nice and you get to keep your copyrights.

Last week, the president of Spain was in my town for a EU rally for the vote on the constitution, I just found out 1 hour prior, and I raced across town in 30 minutes, and entered the venue for the press desk. I wasn´t on the accreditation list, nor did I have my press cards, at home on my desk, (my bust), just had spain ID and passport with no VISA, and Spain ID is just a student foreign. 8 security guys explaining who I am and who wanted the photos, and 10 minutes later, I was escorted to the platform, and meet the president. Wow, not too much for presidential security here, and I have to jump over the moon for Football accreditation, go figure, and I have editors from Germany and Hong Kong who want football pictures but can´t get me in for the season.

So if you need a press card, or just an editor willing to fax something on your behalf, I think you can find them by just searching for photography agencies to get you the access you need. I´m quite sure Getty doesn´t look at a stringer and asks do you belong, versus do you have the equipment and have the ability to send top quality pictures on time, and it´s something we want.

My 2 bits and a couple more on organizations, I actually really like Lightstalkers for information.

by [former member] | 22 Feb 2005 06:02 (ed. Feb 22 2005) | Cornella de Llobregat, Spain | | Report spam→
I haven’t figured why I’m not getting my paragraphs and apostrophe correct.
Sorry for the hard read.

Robert

by [former member] | 22 Feb 2005 06:02 | Cornella de Llobregat, Spain | | Report spam→
Dear Nayan:

I was a member of IFPO as a neophite. It is not a recognized member of the media here in the US.

Their publication dedicates the majority of it’s pages advertising itself and it’s numerous credentialing processes used to attempt to gain access to Pro and amature events at a cost.

You don’t need them to gain access to events you wish to shoot. There are numerous legitimate means to gain access at your disposal without that type of assistance.

Email me if you wish further assistance but please tell me why you would want to use them so that I can send you in the right direction.

Don’t waste valuable money and credibility going in the wrong direction. It’s a small world and it’s harder and takes longer to fix mistakes and reputations than it is to be guided in the right direction from the outset.

Here is a link from the Sports Information Directors about IFPO that was broadcast nationwide last year.

http://www.cosida.com/index.asp?id=299

This is down to the college level.

Post 9/11, security at amature and pro events here is extremely tight. Credentials are also layered at many events allowing you limited access.

Upon entry, you must present a credential issued by the team your covering and you and your equipment must pass thru the search area where you and your equipment are searched and or scanned.

No one to my knowledge is passed through security without valid credentials for the specific event. There are no credentials that I am aware of, of any kind, that permit entry across the board.

Even the well known and respected photographers can’t take any liberties with their access. http://firstcoastphotos.com/tusuperbowl/viewimage.php?iid=114675

I have been shooting a college hockey team all season and I can’t move anywhere without my credential. The security people are contract and even though they know me, I get no special treatment. No credential…Non entry!

There are many organizations out there who IMHO are willing to take advantage of those in persuit of a career as a professional photographer and will gladly take whatever money you send them.

Respectfully,

by Ken Murray | 22 Feb 2005 09:02 (ed. Feb 22 2005) | Broomfield, Colorado, United States | | Report spam→
Nice post Ken, and I was wondering how hard it is for press movement in the USA since post 9-11, it all seems unreal and tough now. Other posts about the Washington D.C. innaguration fiasco is also troubling.

The news about the American Football superbowl photographers being hog tied is a little excessive security and there seems to be a promotion of danger that doesn´t really exsist. I forsee a day when there is security for the security.

Sports in america has changed at so many levels.

by [former member] | 23 Feb 2005 06:02 | Cornella de Llobregat, Spain | | Report spam→
Hey Robert:

It flows smoothly if your suppose to be there, it’s regular season and you follow the rules.

by Ken Murray | 23 Feb 2005 09:02 | Broomfield, Colorado, United States | | Report spam→

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Nayan Sthankiya, Visual Journalist Nayan Sthankiya
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