- Our Goal
Our goal is to support the independent photographer and journalist, of all skill levels by offering them an opportunity to cover real assignments. We believe that the best way to learn a skill is on the job.
A member will select their own assignment, which could be various events like, sports, trade or consumer shows, concerts, travel or even an article about something they are interested in.
The assignment choice is always the members. In order to help them with that assignment, IPA’s offers the tools, knowledge, and support and our Press ID package can help with the access they may need.
Publishing content (text, photos or videos) on our site, helps them build a professional portfolio of their work. Active members gain the confidence, credibility and exposure that will then, afford them many other benefits and greater access.
- Our Publications
IPA maintains three websites and a number of groups on social networking sites. This website is meant to introduce our organization and our members to our visitors and fans.
IMPress Magazine is our online publication that has been designed to highlight all of our members best works.
We offer staff positions at IMPress to those members who have met our qualifications for those positions.
Our Member Support Blog was designed to offer members the support they need through informative articles that will take them step by step through the various challenges they may face.
- Our Dedication
Members will find IPA a dedicated organization that will help them learn, earn and succeed. With our many informative articles and examples of what other members are accomplishing a new member can get on the fast track to success in a short period of time.
We also have a mentoring program that offers those that really want to succeed one on one help when they need it. IPA accomplished volunteers are now “Paying It Forward” by helping other members to Learn By Doing.
We continue to work hard to be true to this mission and are dedicated to supporting IPA members in their personal and career goals.
- Financial Incentives
IPA offers a number of affordable annual membership programs. From the beginner who simply wants to put a toe in the water to those that are ready to get out there now and cover events, there is a program for everyone.
We also understand that simply publishing works on our site may not be enough incentive for some to do the work, so we have developed a new program our Earn By Doing program, that will add financial incentives.
Every IPA member can earn these incentives when they publish a quality article on our main site as well as on IMPress and at the same time, gain more experience and add their work to their professional portfolio .
This then helps IPA continue to offer the thousands of readers that visit our sites an opportunity to read and share some of our exciting articles, photos and videos with others.
"It was a pleasure to host Len on board Royal Caribbean International's Independence of the Seas. His in depth interviews of the staff and crew along with his thorough overview of our on board spaces truly helped bring the ship to life. Any first time cruiser that would read his article and view his video would get a first hand look at what it is like to sail onboard "Independence of the Seas." –Lyan Sierra-Caro, Senior Acct. Executive, Brand Communications, Royal Caribbean International
Hi Leonard, Wow, that is the most thorough and positive review I have seen for Bokeh! I couldn’t have asked for more. We will put a link to your review at the top of our Bokeh reviews page along with a quote or two. Terence Tay, the author of Bokeh, is on the cc line in case you ever have questions for him. We are almost done Snap Art 2 and I can’t wait to let you try it out. Thanks! .–Jeff Butterworth, CEO/Queen Bee, Alien Skin Software
Hello Mr. Rapoport, I hope this finds you and Mrs. Rapoport well. I just pulled up the Century review on your website. Thank you for the kind words. The photo’s are spectacular. We appreciate all your positive comments and also for pointing out the few constructive comments. I’ve already passed along your concerns with the Casino to our Onboard Marketing Manager who oversees the Casino operation. Thank you. Hope we have a chance to sail together again. Until then, wishing you and yours smooth seas. Sincerely, –Eric Bohus, Hotel Director Celebrity Cruises
Thanks again, Len. The feedback on the video so far as been three thumbs up (Facebook); “WOW!” and “This is brilliant”. And…my husband and best friend thought it was a professional piece shot by the hotel. Regarding the review we wrote….she commented: It’s great … You really took a lot of time to write this; Thank You! Best, –Stephanie Mack, Blue Waters Antigua, Marketing Manager
Thank you Len for providing your websites and links to videos, images and reviews in addition to putting together the Video Diary of the Nieuw Amsterdam sailing, which looks fantastic. That’s wonderful to hear you loved the cruise and meeting with the crew onboard including Jonathan and Mark Zeller and just let us know if there’s any additional information we may provide along the way as we’re always happy to assist. Thank you for your time and efforts, it’s been a pleasure working with you and we’ll be in touch if other opportunities arise in the future. Best regards, –Melissa Mefford, PR Coordinator Holland America Line
Hi John, Just saw the article & had a chance to look through your photos – incredible! Thank you so much for the great work you did & for being here on the Media Tour & covering our show. The photos are really fantastic! If the offer still stands, we’d love to have digital copies of them. It’s also possible our Director of Design could want to use some in the publication of our exhibition catalog. Your shot of the staircase in the main building is just simply awesome!!! I’d really love to be able to hand that one out for media uses if that’s okay. Thanks again & great work. Rebecca was really excited to see the article too! –Nick Prevas, Communications, Media & Marketing The American Visionary Art Museum
HI Len, Great review! You covered some of the problems you faced which would be common to most every other shooter learning audio for the first time. You then explained how you overcame the obstacles to capture great sound. What is even more convincing is that you referred to videos you shot before/after you started using the Beachtek. Well done! I don’t recall if I offered your members a special price if they would like to purchase the DXA-SLR PRO. Do you remember if we discussed this? If not, we can certainly see what we can do. –Harry Kaufmann, President, Beachtek Audio Adapters
This first year with IPA allowed me to increase my photography skills by using my cameras in really tough conditions including indoor sports and concert photography. It allowed me to also gain media access to many events and learn more about the photojournalist business, while building my confidence. Now it is not a challenge for me to gain access to the events I want to cover and then produce a professional article and photos, but also I now understand how these events operate and what they expect of me. In recognition for my work at IPA and my ability to follow the easy directions on the IPA sites and blog I was asked if I would be able to help others. –Dominique Schreckling, Switzerland, Member Since: 11/10/2010
What I’m really sure about is that the IPA site is a good way for me (and other members) to gain international exposure for their work. I am an IPA member since 2006 and feel grateful to this association and especially to its president, Len Rapoport, who has helped me whenever I have called upon him to do so. Thank you Len for the years of support and help you have given me and other IPA members. –Miguel Ramo Del Valle, Alcante Spain, Member Since: 7/20/2006
I have found the IPA and President and Chief Editor Len Rapoport to be extremely helpful and valuable to the ongoing work and careers of serious photojournalists. The International Press Association Web site itself offers complete examples and strong evidence of the organization’s versatility and excellence in all areas of press activity and publishing. As to the IPA Press card and other documents members receive — I can honestly say it does wonders, even for new members, in opening doors and providing legitimate access to myriad events, locations and areas of immediate importance to photojournalists which would otherwise be inaccessible. –Ellen Gilmer, Published Author , Member Since: 10/19/2007
I will be going again to Lapland, Finland where I took my contest winning photo. I have already contacted some of the museums and another ice village I want to visit…..and have already gotten my photo pass for each one. I will now be able to take pictures without any problems.It’s really great and I know without IPA I would never be granted this access or treated so nice. I Hope to be able to get great photos also this year and I’m really longing to take photos of the Aurora Borealis.–Giorgio Uccellini, Italy, Member Since: 11/05/2007
As a result of my efforts at IPA and the Press ID package I received, I was indeed able to obtain a license to travel to Cuba because of my membership at International Press Association. The credibility that the official press credentials provided and the ability to publish on the website as well as post previously published works allowed me to demonstrate to the U.S. Treasury that I am a practicing journalist. Without the membership, I know I would not have obtained the license. –Robert Gittens, USA, Member Since: 8/27/2010
I am glad I joined IPA in time for this trip, I can honestly say having IPA, IMPress and my credentials made things a lot easier for me and my wife. Thanks for all you have done for us, will be editing my images and getting the best up on our Photo Showcase. –John Soule, USA, Member Since: 08/15/2011
It’s a pleasure to renew my membership this year. Thank you for this year. It’s been a great learning curve and fantastic to have you as my mentor. I have learned and achieved so much this year with your guidance and help being a member in IPA. The doors opened to me only because I was a member of IPA. I would have had to been a member of Getty’s or some of the big Australian Newspapers to get the assignments. IPA opened those doors Len and for that I thank you. –Tom Griffiths, Australia, Member Since: 12/13/2011