Convention Speaker Information

Thank you for choosing to submit a speaking proposal for the London Photo Convention 2025, we appreciate that you have spent time to prepare class ideas to submit to us!

Speaker Proposal submission deadline – 30 April 2024

Before you submit your proposal, please read through the following information.

Who can submit a proposal?
In order for your proposal to be considered, you must:
Hold a current Professional membership of The Societies of Photographers
Have an active profile on The Societies members only Facebook group/Forum
Have speaking experience (preferred, not essential)

Notes for submitting proposals
One form to be filled in per class
One speaker per class unless previously agreed
Partners and assistants will not be granted access to classes unless stated on accepted proposals
Non-official ‘sponsors’ of the class will not be granted access unless previously agreed
Overseas *Non UK applicants must submit a minimum of 2 Masterclass and 1 Superclass proposal unless otherwise discussed or accepted as a Convention judge
UK applicants must submit a minimum of 2 Masterclass proposals
Superclass proposals will not be considered if they are not accompanied by at least 1 Masterclass proposals
Returning applicants must submit fresh, new ideas for 2025 (no class which has been taught before will be accepted)

Models – If you require a model this MUST be stated on the application form. Please do bear in mind, that models will always be prioritised for Superclasses over Masterclasses, but we will always provide where possible and let you know in advance if we are unable to provide one. 

Only a model couple or individual adults models will be provided by the organisers.

Lighting equipment can be organised, to help you travel as lightly as possible; and details on this will be emailed once a kit list is available from our Convention sponsors, to all successful applicants.

What are we looking for?

For Masterclass Submissions:
A 90-minute lecture based class using minimal equipment

For Superclass Submissions:
A 4-hour hands-on based class (max 2 models)

For Business School Submissions:
1 hour class based on business.

What will increase your chances of being chosen:
A relevant/unique approach to your chosen topic presented to us in a comprehensive manner
Qualifications such as Licentiate, Associateship or Fellowship (or overseas equivalent)
A good social media presence/following
Speaking or Judging Experience

Speaking Terms and Conditions

What do you get for speaking?
Travel expenses covered from your nearest train station or airport
One night’s accommodation for each class or judging day
Daily food allowance redeemable at the Convention venue
A ticket to our Awards Presentation Evening (if requested)
A full Masterclass Pass
£15 fee per student for each Superclass taught
Please note: We do not supply class passes for partners, assistant or helpers. Assistant for Superclasses needs to be pre-agreed prior to submitting the Speaker Proposal From, as official Volunteers are allocated to help on Superclasses.

What do we expect of our Speakers?
Submit a minimum of 1 article for the Professional ImageMaker, although this is preferred it is not compulsory, and we would prefer to receive this for any issues due before the Convention itself.
Return the contract within the 2 weeks stated on the contract.
To provide relevant material for marketing, such as headshots and signature images
To push their classes on social media in well advance of the event or when prompted to do so
To engage with our members on the forum and Facebook group
To enter the monthly competitions and 20×16″ Print Competition
To book travel, accommodation, models and equipment promptly when asked to do so
To present a comprehensive and informative class on their chosen subject at the time that we allocate them to do so

What do we expect from your Sponsors?
A monitory contribution towards your presence at the event in exchange for advertising as a sponsor (various packages and rates available). Sponsors will need to contact the Societies directly.

How to submit your proposals in the best possible way:
One form to be filled in per class
Include a class title
Provide information in third-person narrative
Ensure that the class description is extensive, and the bio is up-to-date
Include model requests and any equipment you feel you may not be able to hire from our Convention sponsors.
Advise if a demonstration will be provided
List any other events where the material has been presented
Mention clearly if your class is to be taken outside of the classroom provided.

Example of topic considered:
– Wedding Photography
– Portrait Photography
– Posing
– Portraiture
– Personal Development
– Lighting Techniques
– Landscape Photography
– Workflow
– Inspiration
– Documentary Photography
– Digital Imaging
– Composite
– Colour Management
– Wildlife and Nature Photography
– Commercial Photography
– Press Photography
– Sports Photography
– Event Photography
– Fashion Photography
– Travel Photography
– Business
– Social Media
– Marketing

We look forward to hearing from all the creative, informational, invigorating, and talented individuals who are willing to inspire our attendees to walk away from this Convention with an extraordinary wealth of knowledge.

Please bear in mind that each year we receive four times the amount of proposals than time slots we have available. If your proposal is not accepted for 2025 please do not lose heart, we will keep all proposals on file, and you will be contacted should a slot become available for you.

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