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Established in 1952, the Master Photographers Association (MPA) are one of the longest standing photographic associations in British history. We pride ourselves on our expertise and care about our members’ photographic journey of excellence. We understand your needs and value them too.

As the UK’s leading qualification body exclusively for the professional wedding, portrait and commercial photographer the MPA encourage professional photographers of all levels to join the Association.

The Master Photographers Association is run by photographers for photographers who have many years of experience behind them. Our team is committed to sharing knowledge and experiences to help guide you.

With a qualification and mentoring system designed to promote continual professional development, the MPA are recognised leaders in setting the standards of professional photography today.


Offering a wide variety of membership benefits and a tiered membership system, the MPA strives to develop both the professional photographer as well as the aspiring photographer just embarking on their fledgling career. We believe that by educating the ambitious professional, we set the standards for the future of professional photography as well as the present.

We offer a benefit package, mentoring programme’s as well as inspirational and motivational regional and national seminars on business building and marketing support. We offer a holistic approach in our ethos of support to the professional photographer that we continually strive to improve.

With over 60 years in the professional photography arena, the MPA prides itself in developing some of the industry’s leading photographers of today.

Our Expertise

As an industry recognised qualifying body we excel in standards and supporting the professional photographer of today.

We provide a community of knowledge sharing, We aim to support and nurture your journey of development by sharing the wealth of wisdom and expertise we have built from over 60 years of presence as industry leaders. 

Our Purpose

The MPA is committed to working with the photography trade to educate and raise standards in photography. The Association’s duty of care is to its members – and the photographers it serves.

Its mission is to support, grow, and educate the values of professional photography. To be the voice of photographers who are, and aspire to be, Professional Photographers. Creating a community with a public message, a message the Association will endeavour to educate to the public, so its members are proud to say ” I am more than a photographer… I am a Master Photographer”

Our supporters

We are supported by some of the biggest names in the photographic world. They believe in our mission, our credibility and our values supporting The Master Photographer in all that they do.

I am more than a photographer... I am a Master Photographer