How to find photography tenders for your business…and win
Do you know what to expect when bidding for photography tenders? To help you find the best photography tenders for your business, we’ve put together a handy guide. Keep reading to find out more!
What are photography tenders?
For those of you that don’t know, photography tenders are contracts that require some form of photography service. This includes:
The production of photographs
Photography tender opportunities
From stock imagery provision to graduation photography services, there are a range of public and private photography tenders. If you are a creative business looking to find photography tenders, you should consider bidding for public sector contracts. The benefits of these contracts include:
The government wants to award SMEs
What is required in a photography tender?
Although each photography tender varies in content, they typically use similar structures. This includes questions on:
Social value: How will your work on the contract help the local community socially, economically, and environmentally?
Methodology and project management: How will you undertake work, meeting the requirements and specification?
Experience: What previous companies have you provided photography services for? This includes providing names, biographies and experience of the lead photographer/director and all managerial crew.
Commercial: How much will your services cost?
Insurance: Do you have the correct levels of insurance, including Employers Liability, Public Liability and Professional Indemnity?
Technology: What technology do you use for photographing and editing, and how are your photos high-resolution?
6 tips to win photography tenders from expert Bid Writers
Have you found photography tender opportunities and are now ready to tender for work? Here are a few top tips from the expert Bid Writers at Hudson Succeed:
Keep your portfolio, testimonials, and case studies relevantPhotography tenders often ask about experience. Be prepared to provide case studies and a professional portfolio of your previous work. Make sure these are relevant to the bid.
Make sure your answers are clear, concise, and relevant A winning bid for photography will be well structured using clear and concise language. This includes formatting and sticking to the word count.
Make sure your staff have up to date CVs with a section of experience, work done previously, any awards etc. When tendering for work, you may have to include company CV’s. Providing uniform CV’s shows attention to detail and looks professional.
Don’t use technical jargon The people reviewing your work may not have any experience in the field. Keeping it simple allows for easy readability.
Always proofread and edit before final submission This is a must with photography tenders as you must have attention to detail. Get a colleague to proofread it before submission and use grammar checking tools such as Grammarly and Word’s spell check.
Showcase your added value What are your unique selling points? How do you stand out in comparison to other companies?
Where can I find photography tenders?
Finding photography tenders for your business can take hours out of your busy day. Using a search engine provides countless websites, often filled with irrelevant opportunities. Luckily for you, we have a time saving solution to take the headache out of tendering. That’s where Creative Tenders can help. Creative Tenders is an easy-to-navigate, centralised portal that hosts all live creative tendering opportunities from across the creative industry.
Our portals are updated daily by our Opportunity Trackers. They manually search for opportunities to upload to the portal. They don’t use CPV codes to find contracts either. This means that there’s no risk of missing opportunities that are listed incorrectly with the wrong code.
A subscription to Creative Tenders offers your business:
Access to all exclusive, private, and public sector opportunities within the creative industry.
An Account Manager who is available to answer any questions around photography tenders.
A daily email bulletin which notifies you when there are new, sector specific opportunities available.
We source new tendering opportunities daily from hundreds of sources across the UK. Some of our past tenders sourced on the portal that included photography services are:
Photography and Videography Tunbridge Wells Borough Council – South East – Budget: Undisclosed Conferring Photography and Framing Service
National University of Ireland, Galway- Budget: £1,800,000
Photography Services for Celtic Routes
Wexford County Council- Budget: Undisclosed
Sustainable Scale up Cluster: Photography & Videography ITT & Specification
BIC Innovation– Budget: Undisclosed
Provision of Photography (Lot 1) and Videography (Lot 2) to Maynooth University
Maynooth University- Budget: Undisclosed
We have worked with a range of clients from both private and public sectors. This includes photography tenders through the UK government’s Digital Marketplace and the British Council.
Do you need assistance with photography tenders?
We understand that writing content for these can be difficult. Therefore, we offer a dedicated solution to support growth in the creative and digital sector. Hudson has supported businesses in the creative industry and photography for almost two decades. We help businesses focus on their creative skills, while we take care of writing winning responses. Why not outsource to our bid writing experts at our sister company, Hudson Succeed. They offer four levels of bid writing support and boast an 87% success rate. The services they provide include:
A Tender Writing service This is an ad-hoc bid writing service. Simply send the tender specification to our team and they will write the tender responses with your technical input. They’ll even submit it on your behalf.
A Tender Ready programme
This four-week programme is perfect for those who have never tendered before. Within this, we sort everything you will need to tender successfully.
Tender ImprovementAre you already tendering but aren’t seeing success? The Tender Improvement package is for you. Our Bid Writers assess previous submissions, providing feedback and guidance. This helps improve your future tenders.
Tender Mentor After writing a tender, you may need someone to proofread it. A Bid Writer can check its contents against the specification and provide a spelling and grammar check.
As well as photography tenders, we source other creative opportunities for sectors such as:
By upgrading to Discover Elite, you can optimise your tendering opportunities. This allows you to upgrade your tender tracking process and save time.
With this service, you can expect:
A dedicated Account Manager
Up to 5 tender breakdowns per month
Weekly phone calls with your expert
No more pre-bid admin
An annual subscription to up to two portals
Award and pre-market engagement notices.
The Become a Pre-bid Master Package Also Includes:
All of the above
Up to seven tender breakdowns per month
A Bid Strategy delivered by a Senior Bid Manager with a minimum of five years of experience. It will also be managed by our Global Bid Director.
How Creative Tenders can help in your photography tender journey
We have helped many clients to win photography and creative contracts, with great success. This includes Capital Content. Capital Content are a digital agency, specialising in video content, photography, and social media management. They used Creative Tenders to source new leads for their business. In just a few months, they secured a £15,000 contract.
We have reached the end of our blog on photography tenders. Here is a recap of everything we have covered:
What are photography tenders?
Here are some examples of services needed as part of a photography tender:
The production of photographs
To find photography tenders, you can use the Creative Tender’s portal. By upgrading to Discover Elite, an Account Manager will find tenders on your behalf.
6 tips to win photography tenders from expert Bid Writers:
Keep your Portfolio, testimonials, and case studies relevant
Make sure your answers are clear, concise, and relevant
Make sure your staff have up to date CVs with a section for experience, work done previously, any awards etc.
Don’t use too much technical jargon
Always proofread and edit before final submission
Showcase your added value.
Be part of something fantastic and join Creative Tenders today!