Preparing your LIPPVA panel

LIPPVA Qualification

Licentiateship is the first level of qualification within the IPPVA and shows the photographer or videographer to be a qualified professional person. It shows a good level of skill and competence.

Videographers LIPPVA Panel

Please submit 3 links to video samples that you think represent your best work.


  • A mixture of disciplines is allowed, however, if you are specialising in a particular genre, you are encouraged to submit 3 videos for that particular speciality (weddings, commercial, etc).
  • Length of videos must be between 3 and 15 minutes.
  • Minimum video resolution: 720p

Video Guidelines

Please provide links to anonymous video file on Dropbox (not logo/names).

Photographers LIPPVA Panel

Judging of Licentiateship photography panels is by IPPVA Associates and Fellows.

Please submit 20 images that you think represent your best work. See below for more tips on preparing your panel.


  • A mixture of disciplines is allowed, however, please submit a minimum of 5 images per discipline.
  • If you are specialising in a particular genre, you are encouraged to submit 20 images for that particular speciality (Weddings, portrait, commercial landscape etc).
  • When submitting wedding or portrait images, please don’t include more than 2 images from the same wedding, commercial or portrait sitting. 
  • For commercial photography (incl. Advertising, press & PR, Fashion etc) no more than 50% of images can be from self-commissioned/personal work.

Image guidelines

The images must be 4000px on the longest side. 72 DPI

Images MUST have no photographer/studio name on them; if so, they will automatically be disqualified. Images must be numbered JPEG 1 to 20 as you want them to be presented in the panel.

Judging Criteria

Camera Work

The applicant must demonstrate a good understanding of exposure, dynamic range and treatment of shadows and highlights to complement the scene or subject.

Colour temperature and colour management must be controlled throughout the panel of images.

Post Production

Work should be edited with a degree of competence and skill that demonstrates the applicant understands the importance of this part of the process, is capable of editing work to be client-ready, and is able to correct easily-fixed technical issues in post-production where appropriate.

The editing should be consistent across the body of work submitted.


The images should demonstrate an understanding of the principles of good composition, and that the applicant works to make images that are visually appealing – e.g. lens choice, framing, timing, balance, depth of field etc.

Use of Light

Applicants will be expected to demonstrate a clear understanding of lighting principles, including making use of ambient light and (where relevant or appropriate) showing an ability to add light for creative or technical purposes.


Applicants will be expected to show appropriate posing when applicable, whether the genre is commercial, weddings or portraiture.


Video panel judges will expect a high level of audio quality: from recording to editing.

While the criteria above are here to guide you, the panel judges are looking to see that the applicant is proficient in using the camera in a technically correct way and producing images of high quality.