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Forthcoming events

Here you can find details of upcoming AOP events, including career talks, seminars, online exhibitions or workshops.

If you have any queries please contact events@aophoto.co.uk or call: +44 (0)20 7739 6669

Retina Festival

10 – 30 July, venues across Edinburgh

 The Retina International Festival, Scotland’s annual international festival of photography, returns for a second year. Comprising of five photographers, the best emerging talent, and five amazing venues across one breathtaking city. International photographers Tim Flach, Doug Corrance, Kenneth Sortland, Luigi Giannetti and Hamish Brown will all be taking part. The Festival will also put a spotlight on emerging talent from Edinburgh College and photographers from Poland. More details are available at the Festival website.

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31st Photography Awards on Tour

Friday 17th July - Saturday 1st September 2014    

Sunbeam Studios, Grey Door, Rootes Drive, W10 6AZ

  
    

AOP Assistant's Portfolio Critique

Wednesday 22nd July 6:30pm - 9pm    

Studio 7, Holborn Studios, N1 7ED

Social Media Portfolio Critique

Thursday 23rd July 6pm - 9pm    

AOP Office, Holborn Studios, N1 7ED

Student Awards Conference

Thursday 30th July.

AOP Offices, Holborn Studios, Eagle Wharf Road, London N1 5ED

Join us for an afternoon all about making the leap from student to assisting photographer and then professional photographer. The day will start in the afternoon, giving those attending the AOP Student Awards 2015 finalist and winner party plenty of time to travel. We will also be launching our new Junior Assistant Membership especially for graduating students.

The schedule includes:

1.00pm: Ben Peter Catchpole who will tell us how you can make a good and lasting impression when looking for work and the dos and don't of being an assistant 

Ben is a professional photographers assistant & digital operator. Being the industry going on 6 years now and as a freelancer, business can’t be better. Having graduated back in 2009 from what is now the University of Falmouth, Cornwall; Ben went to pursue a career as a photographer. He started out working as a studio assistant in London and then decided going freelance was the path to head down. Making the keen decision not to assist just one photographer but many, he wanted experience from all aspects, for lighting skills, digital and communication. Using quite a modern head first approach has always been savvy with Social Media and other forms of self promotion.

2.00pm: Profoto, the team from Profoto will be on hand with the latest in tech, a chance to get you hands on some really cool equipment

3.30pm: The Journey from student to professional photographer
Philip Haynes will be hosting a talk about his journey from student photographer to professional photographer. This illustrated talk is aimed at students and those at the beginning of their photography career. After the talk, attendees will get the chance to ask Philip questions about the steps he took to become a professional photographer.

Philip has been an AOP member for many years, starting as a Student member whilst attending Norwich School of Art & Design. After graduating in 2009 he went on to work with several of our high profile Photographer members as an Assistant member before becoming a Photographer member himself. Philip won best in category for Non-commissioned Life single at the AOP Photography Awards 2014 and he is signed to Peter Bailey Productions.

Places are free to finalists of the AOP Student Awards 2015, AOP Student, Junior Assistant and Assisting Photographer members or £5 for everyone else.

Book here.

AOP Student Awards 2015: Exhibition

Thursday 30th July - Tuesday 11th August

7pm-9pm

The Print Space Gallery, 74 Kingsland Road, London E2 8DL  

Following months of waiting this is your chance to find out who made this year’s final, who is best in category and which lucky person will walk away with the award for AOP Student Photographer 2015.

Join us for the AOP Student Awards exhibition, which follows the announcement of the winners on the evening of 30th July. Chosen by leading professional photographers Tim Flach, Richard Maxted, George Logan, and Wendy Carrig, the 60 finalists’ images show the wealth of talent of today’s emerging photographers.

Buy tickets here.

The exhibition and awards are sponsored by

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The Lowry, Best in Category Exhibition

Friday 7th August - Tuesday 8th September 

The Lowry Hotel, 50 Dearmans Place, Salford M3 5LH

This exhibition features The Photography Awards 2014 'Best in Category' winners. Showcasing the cream of the photographic crop, they were originally selected by photographers Rankin and Tom Stoddart as well as major names in the creative world including Sarah Pascoe, Mark George and Susie Babchick. With such a prominent selection panel and award history this show is sure to tantalise.

The photographs were first shown at the Business and Design Centre, London, in December 2014, The Book of the exhibition is available at the AOP website www.the-aop.org.

The event is kindly sponsored by Boss Model Management.

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The Move from Emerging to Professional Photographer: Setting yourself up for Success

Wednesday 23rd September, 10:30-14:00

AOP Offices, Holborn Studios, Eagle Wharf Road, London N1 5ED

Are you ready to become a pro?

 How do you know when you’re ready?

  • What are the markets for a professional photographer?
  • What characteristics in a photographer do art buyers and photo editors look for?
  • What are the essential elements of a compelling website?
  • What does a photographer’s rep/agent do and when is the right time to find one?
  • What are the best ways to market your work?

 This talk will give you a reality check to really determine whether running a photography business is the right thing for you.

Zoe Whishaw will be exploring what it takes to attract potential clients to use your services and the essential characteristics and personality traits that you need if you are to be successful.

She will be discussing how important it is for photographers to develop a Brand in what is a very congested creative arena.

Zoe Whishaw is a Commercial Photography Consultant and Mentor providing creative direction and strategic advice for photographers at all stages in their career who what to take their work to the next level. She works on a one-to-one with those who need bespoke, objective advice to focus their creative energies and marketing and so gain competitive advantage.

As a seasoned Editor and Art Director she has had many years experience analysing and critiquing imagery across a broad spectrum of genre and subject areas. Zoe has developed and contributed to the success of leading media company, Getty Images, where she worked for 17 years in senior creative and strategic positions, latterly as European Director of Photography.

She has been on the judging panel of a range of national and international photography competitions, including the Association of Photography Awards, Wildlife Photographer of the Year and ArtGemini Prize and regularly conducts portfolio reviews at industry events. Zoe runs seminars and workshops at universities across the UK and works closely with Photofusion and Four Corners in London guiding photographers in professional practice.

Member Tickets: £35

Non-Member Tickets: £45 

To book tickets, please click here.

AOP Awards Exhibition

Thursday 8th October - Sunday 11th October

Truman Brewery, 91 Brick Lane, London E1 6QL

This year's winners exhibition is presented in association with Hasselblad’s shootLDN and The Old Truman Brewery’s Photoblock festival.  More details soon.

Photoblock is a collection of photographic events taking place between 5-12th October 2015 at The Old Truman Brewery, which itself takes place during East London's Photography Festival. 

shootLDN offers a range of free professional photography seminars, informal workshops, live shoots, and demonstrations designed to inspire, inform and educate. It is aimed at professional photographers, photo assistants, advanced students, and imaging professionals who want to learn about the latest products and techniques being used in the professional digital image capture market. 


ShootLDN

Thursday 8th October - Friday 9th October

Truman Brewery, 91 Brick Lane, London E1 6QL

AOP Conference

Saturday 10th October

Truman Brewery, 91 Brick Lane, London E1 6QL

Commercial Considerations: Content and Marketing

Thursday 15th October, 10:30am - 12.30pm

AOP Offices, Holborn Studios, Eagle Wharf Road, London N1 5ED

If ever you’ve wondered how to make a photo editor or art buyer’s head turn, Zoe Whishaw's seminar will help you to evaluate your own photographic offer and give you tangible guidance on how to gain competitive advantage.

What characteristics does a photographer need to be successful in the commercial arena?

  • What is the advertising and commercial world looking for?
  • How can you make your website more appealing to this marketplace? What will catch the eye of an art buyer?
  • How can you make the most of your personal projects to enhance your portfolio?
  • How can documentary/editorial photographers break into the commercial world?

Zoe Whishaw is a Commercial Photography Consultant and Mentor providing creative direction and strategic advice for photographers at all stages in their career who what to take their work to the next level. She works on a one-to-one with those who need bespoke, objective advice to focus their creative energies and marketing and so gain competitive advantage.

As a seasoned Editor and Art Director she has had many years experience analysing and critiquing imagery across a broad spectrum of genre and subject areas. Zoe has developed and contributed to the success of leading media company, Getty Images, where she worked for 17 years in senior creative and strategic positions, latterly as European Director of Photography.

She has been on the judging panel of a range of national and international photography competitions, including the Association of Photography Awards, Wildlife Photographer of the Year and ArtGemini Prize and regularly conducts portfolio reviews at industry events. Zoe runs seminars and workshops at universities across the UK and works closely with Photofusion and Four Corners in London guiding photographers in professional practice.

 

Member Tickets: £35

Non-Member Tickets: £45 

To book tickets, please click here.

Personal Promotion: Defining your Vision

Friday 6th November, 10:30am - 1.30pm

AOP Offices, Holborn Studios, Eagle Wharf Road, London N1 5ED

Finding the visual language that best describes your work and creative spirit.

  • What language do you use to describe your work and approach to photography?
  • How confident are you when asked to describe your vision?
  • Does your ‘pitch’ help you stand out from your competitors?

Genuine belief and passion in your work and ideas is the most infectious way to encourage someone to want to explore your photography. The most effective way to sell yourself and your ideas is by the transference of this enthusiasm.

The workshop will help you gain confidence in expressing a meaningful and textured summary about your work and approach to photography, which is crucial when pitching to clients or simply networking to promote your vision and motivations as a photographer.

Zoe Whishaw shall facilitate a highly interactive session where participants work in groups to explore and enhance their personal visual language that should help photographers gain in confidence when describing their work and their offer to prospective clients.

Zoe Whishaw is a Commercial Photography Consultant and Mentor providing creative direction and strategic advice for photographers at all stages in their career who what to take their work to the next level. She works on a one-to-one with those who need bespoke, objective advice to focus their creative energies and marketing and so gain competitive advantage.

As a seasoned Editor and Art Director she has had many years experience analysing and critiquing imagery across a broad spectrum of genre and subject areas. Zoe has developed and contributed to the success of leading media company, Getty Images, where she worked for 17 years in senior creative and strategic positions, latterly as European Director of Photography.

She has been on the judging panel of a range of national and international photography competitions, including the Association of Photography Awards, Wildlife Photographer of the Year and ArtGemini Prize and regularly conducts portfolio reviews at industry events. Zoe runs seminars and workshops at universities across the UK and works closely with Photofusion and Four Corners in London guiding photographers in professional practice.

Member Tickets: £35

Non-Member Tickets: £45 

To book tickets, please click here.

Branding and Marketing

Thursday 10th December, 10:30am - 1.30pm

AOP Offices, Holborn Studios, Eagle Wharf Road, London N1 5ED

  • What is branding in the context of photography and why is it important?
  • How can a photographer develop a brand that is personal to them?
  • Who should you be marketing your work towards?
  • What are the most effective ways for photographers to market themselves?

Creating and establishing a presence in today’s congested photographic arena is a challenge but vital if you want to get noticed and be remembered by your clients.

In this interactive workshop, we’ll explore as a group why branding is so important for photographers in today’s competitive marketplace and we’ll be investigating practical ideas and strategies for building a brand in conjunction with integrated, multiple-channel marketing.

Duration: 2.5 hours

Number of participants: 12 max, 8 minimum

Interactive participation

Preparation: All attendees need to bring 5 of their images which they believe sums up their style, skill set and vision.

Zoe Whishaw is a Commercial Photography Consultant and Mentor providing creative direction and strategic advice for photographers at all stages in their career who what to take their work to the next level. She works on a one-to-one with those who need bespoke, objective advice to focus their creative energies and marketing and so gain competitive advantage.

As a seasoned Editor and Art Director she has had many years experience analysing and critiquing imagery across a broad spectrum of genre and subject areas. Zoe has developed and contributed to the success of leading media company, Getty Images, where she worked for 17 years in senior creative and strategic positions, latterly as European Director of Photography.

She has been on the judging panel of a range of national and international photography competitions, including the Association of Photography Awards, Wildlife Photographer of the Year and ArtGemini Prize and regularly conducts portfolio reviews at industry events. Zoe runs seminars and workshops at universities across the UK and works closely with Photofusion and Four Corners in London guiding photographers in professional practice.

Member Tickets: £35

Non-Member Tickets: £45 

To book tickets, please click here.

Thinking Differently: Brainstorming for Originality

January 12th 2016

Time: 10:30am - 1:30pm

AOP Offices, Holborn Studios, Eagle Wharf Road, London N1 5ED

  • How proficient are you at coming up with ideas for images on demand?
  • Are you confident coming up with novel ideas for personal projects that demonstrate originality

There will be times when you need to reach deep within yourself to conjure up original ideas when face to face with an art buyer or photo editor. Other times, you simply need to keep buoyant by generating new ideas for personal projects that help further your vision and stretch your capabilities.

These and other occasions will demand an ability to think differently and for your ideas to be original

We will be working in small groups to explore methods of generating new ideas for individual images and ways to enrich projects with new perspectives. This will be crucial when pitching for jobs and when needing to take your work to the next level.

Zoe Whishaw is a Commercial Photography Consultant and Mentor providing creative direction and strategic advice for photographers at all stages in their career who what to take their work to the next level. She works on a one-to-one with those who need bespoke, objective advice to focus their creative energies and marketing and so gain competitive advantage.

As a seasoned Editor and Art Director she has had many years experience analysing and critiquing imagery across a broad spectrum of genre and subject areas. Zoe has developed and contributed to the success of leading media company, Getty Images, where she worked for 17 years in senior creative and strategic positions, latterly as European Director of Photography.

She has been on the judging panel of a range of national and international photography competitions, including the Association of Photography Awards, Wildlife Photographer of the Year and ArtGemini Prize and regularly conducts portfolio reviews at industry events. Zoe runs seminars and workshops at universities across the UK and works closely with Photofusion and Four Corners in London guiding photographers in professional practice.

Member Tickets: £35

Non-Member Tickets: £45

To book tickets, please click here.

 

Opportunities in Stock Photography

February 9th 2016, 10:30am - 12:30pm

AOP Offices, Holborn Studios, Eagle Wharf Road, London N1 5ED

This seminar covers the nuts and bolts of the creative stock business: what type of images sell and why, how license models and royalties work and an exploration of the current trends in image use.

The seminar is open to photographers at all stages in their career who are contemplating stock photography as part of their portfolio of activity or indeed who are already shooting actively for one or more of the agencies and who would like a more rounded insight into what makes content commercially relevant.

  • Nuts and bolts of the industry
  • How advertising uses imagery
  • Making saleable content
  • Pitfalls & opportunities
  • Analysing your own work for stock suitability 

Zoe Whishaw is a Commercial Photography Consultant and Mentor providing creative direction and strategic advice for photographers at all stages in their career who what to take their work to the next level. She works on a one-to-one with those who need bespoke, objective advice to focus their creative energies and marketing and so gain competitive advantage.

As a seasoned Editor and Art Director she has had many years experience analysing and critiquing imagery across a broad spectrum of genre and subject areas. Zoe has developed and contributed to the success of leading media company, Getty Images, where she worked for 17 years in senior creative and strategic positions, latterly as European Director of Photography.

She has been on the judging panel of a range of national and international photography competitions, including the Association of Photography Awards, Wildlife Photographer of the Year and ArtGemini Prize and regularly conducts portfolio reviews at industry events. Zoe runs seminars and workshops at universities across the UK and works closely with Photofusion and Four Corners in London guiding photographers in professional practice.

Member Ticket: £35

Non-Member Tickets: £45

To book tickets, please click here.

 

Breaking The Mould

New date to be confirmed  

The Journey from student to professional photographer

Philip Haynes will be hosting a talk about his journey from student photographer to professional photographer. This illusrated talk is aimed at students and those at the beginning of their photography career. After the talk, attendees will get the chance to ask Philip questions about the steps he took to become a professional photographer.

Philip has been an AOP member for many years, starting as a Student member whilst attending Norwich School of Art & Design. After graduating in 2009 he went on to work with several of our high profile Photographer members as an Assistant member before becoming a Photographer member himself. Philip won best in category for Non-commissioned Life single at the AOP Photography Awards 2014 and he is signed to Peter Bailey Productions.

 

Tickets are £5 each, and the event is open to all. Please purchase tickets here.

Includes refreshments.

Past Events

An Introduction to Social Media - 25th June 2015

Ray Massey - Embracing Change - 24th June

Auto Focus Master Class - 24th June

AOP Image Magazine @ The Proud Archivist - 10th June

Look/15 - Liverpool International Photography Festival - 30 April - 31st May

Introduction to Photographic Copyright and Licences - 22nd May

Secrets to Making a Great First Impression - 6th May 2015

AOP Image Magazine @ Proud Archivist - 9th April 2015

An Introduction to Social Media - 26th March 2015

The Photography Show - 21st-24th March 2015

AIM Start Ups - 18th March 2015

What Next - 14th March 2015

Holborn Studios Open Day - 14th March 2015

Daylite Seminar - Wednesday 25th Feburary 2015

AOP Assistant's Portfolio Critique - Wednesday 18th Feburary 2015

Unseen London - an illustrated talk by Dazeley - Wednesday 28th January 2015

Helmand Return - Robert Wilson - October 16th - November 30th 2014

AOP Portolio Reviews at ShootLDN - Wednesday 22nd & Thursday 23rd October 2014

ShootLDN AOP Portolio Reviewer Biographies - 22nd & 23rd October 2014

How easy is it to infringe copyright? - Tuesday 7th October 2014

AOP Assistant's Portfolio Critique - Wednesday 24th September

FIELDS OF BATTLE LANDS OF PEACE 14 -18 - Friday 12th September 2014

Member Workshop, Summer Drinks and World Cup - Tuesday 8th July 2014

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