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I would like to draw at­ten­tion to the in­creas­ing blur­ring of the bound­aries be­tween am­a­teur and pro­fes­sional, in par­tic­u­lar in cam­era clubs.

There are cam­era clubs that have formed into smaller elit­ist groups in or­der to have more suc­cess in am­a­teur com­pe­ti­tions. While on the face of it they will cer­tainly raise their personal game, it is to the detri­ment of ‘nor­mal’ cam­era clubs, who lose more ex­pe­ri­enced mem­bers.

An­other is­sue is the in­crease in ‘pay and dis­play’ pho­tog­ra­phy. Here am­a­teurs en­gage teams of ac­tors, out­stand­ing venues and pro­fes­sion­als to ad­vise them on light­ing, sets and so on.

Many of them may sell their work and de­rive an in­come from it. Good for them. But are they am­a­teur...? Hardly. Pro­fes­sional? No! What then?

Anony­mous, via email

You make a fair point, and raise a good ques­tion. If in­come is in­volved, per­haps ‘semi-pro’ or ‘as­pir­ing pro’ might fit the bill? What does ev­ery­one else think? Let us know at the ad­dress above!

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