With a lot of pride I am able to say that on June 8th I was awarded as one of the youngest photographers, and the youngest Belgian, the title and quality label of Qualified European Photographer (QEP) at the QEP-judging session held in Riga, Latvia. I am also merely the 3th Belgian and 18th European photographer who is awarded this QEP-title in the category Architecture.
In 1999 the FEP, the Federation of European Photographers, started a qualification system that recognises exceptional professional abilities in European Professional Photographers and honours them with the quality label of “Qualified European Photographer”. This European label transcends the awards and prices given out in all of the 29 member countries.
This QEP-judging session is held twice a year by the FEP (Federation of European Professional Photographers). During which the photographer’s panel of twelve photos is assessed by a five-member jury of European photographers who already have been honoured with the QEP label or Master QEP label. They assess the panel based on the technical and artistic qualities, the consistency of the panel, the style of the photographer, and last but not least the high technical quality of the professional work of the candidates. This year’s first judging session was held on 7 and 8 of June in Riga, Latvia.
From now on I am a QEP-awarded architectural photographer. I feel tremendously grateful and honoured to have been awarded this title!