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!