Monday 24 January 2011 – In the wake of the Queensland floods, the clean up process begins.  For thousands, their lives have been turned upside down.  For many photographers there may be a greater worry for them – their livelihood.  Many photographers operate home based businesses which mean that they have not just lost their homes but also their source of income.

To help these photographers get back on their feet, the Australian Institute of Professional Photography (AIPP) has established a “Disaster Relief Fund” which will provide all flood-affected existing AIPP members free membership for the year 2011.

This offer is applicable to some 466 Queensland based members equating to a potential loss of membership revenue for the AIPP of in excess of $50,000.

‘This isn’t about money,’ says AIPP Executive Officer, Peter Myers. ‘The last thing we want our members worrying about is how to finance their membership fees. In times like this, it is essential that an industry body supports its members.  We want them to be able to remain as AIPP members so that their fellow members can help them continue on in their business as soon as possible.’

‘The floods are such an incredible tragedy,’ continued Peter.  ‘Many people have lost their homes, family memorabilia, everything they’ve worked hard for and, in some cases, even loved ones.  To also lose your source of income on top of that would be absolutely devastating.  They need all the support they can get to be able to resume trading as soon as possible.’

Any Queensland members affected by the floods are asked to contact AIPP national office on 03 9856 0700 for further details.

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About Australian Institute of Professional Photography (AIPP)
Founded in 1963, the AIPP is a not-for-profit organisation run voluntarily for and by professional photographers and industry representatives who seek to set a standard of excellence within the photographic industry. The AIPP strives to promote and maintain the highest standards of professional competence and business ethics in the industry. By maintaining rigorous entry criteria and a binding Code of Ethics for members, as well as providing ongoing education via seminars, workshops and events, the AIPP is a brand of trust in the photographic industry. AIPP Committees represent members on important issues such as copyright; taxation, legal and business matters; insurance; digital imaging and work practices.