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

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AOP Awards On Tour at the Retina Festival

Wednesday 14th July 2016 - Saturday 23rd July 2016

Out of the Blue, Drill Hall, Edinburgh

We are very pleased to announce that a selection of last year’s best in category and finalists will be on display this summer as part of the Retina photography festival in Edinburgh. Over 90 images will highlight the diversity and quality of last year’s competition and the amazing work of our members. If you are in the area please do pop by. 

 More information on their website

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Starting Out: Conference for assistants and emerging photographers

28th July 2016, 11:00 - 17.30  

Holborn Studios, N1 7ED

Tickets are free for AOP Student & Assisting Photographer Members, £5 for non-member tickets.

Includes Lunch & each attendee will recieve a years' FREE Junior Assistant Membership.

Book here

With a host of practical, informative talks aimed at graduates, assistants and those who want to kickstart their career in professional photography, some details on the speakers below:

Amit & Naroop

Born and raised in West London, photography duo Amit Amin and Naroop Jhooti got together in 2005, whilst Naroop was working in fashion and Amit was exploring the possibilities of being a professional photographer. 

When a mutual friend, an aspiring music artist, needed a press shoot done, the two came together working within their own fields of specialism. During the shoot they collaborated well, bouncing ideas off each other and producing some interesting images. The chemistry was instant. From that first shoot, they decided to team up as creative partners and Amit and Naroop Photography was formed. 

 The duo continued working within the music industry, developing their own distinct, intense visual style and honing their craft. They quickly built a name for themselves and began to get commissions from clients outside of the music industry.  

Over the last ten years, they have continued to broaden their horizons and their work has expanded to embrace advertising and portraiture, all interpreted with their characteristic passion and style. Their large and diverse portfolio of work includes iconic portraits of musicians and celebrities such as Tinie Tempah, Dynamo Magician and comedian Ricky Gervais, along with advertising campaigns for the likes of Barclays, MTV, Sunsilk and Huawei. 

 Their skill and vision speaks for itself and the images they have produced illustrate a fantastic eye for detail and depth of knowledge. 

Having achieved a great deal of success in a relatively short period of time, they embrace the opportunity to share their experiences with others: “As two self-taught photographers, we came from nothing and made a name for ourselves. We find it very rewarding to inspire others to follow their creative aspirations and dream big”.

The focus of their talk will be to give students, graduates and young photographers the knowledge they will need to start out in the industry.

Key topics covered will include:

  • Finding your path: How to discover which style of photography you should pursue.
  • Defining yourself: How to build your identity on and offline
  • Building your portfolio: How to be resourceful and start to build your book
  • Being remarkable: The fundamentals rules behind great work
  • Develop the right attitude: Learn the mindset you will need to be successful


Rachell Smith

Rachell is an internationally renowned celebrity portrait and beauty photographer. Rachell was born and raised in Wolverhampton, where her grandfather (who loved taking picture’s of the family) first introduced her to photography. After graduating from The London College of Communication, Rachell went on to assist some of the world’s biggest photographers before setting up her own studio in London.

Rachell’s modern take on beauty and portraiture has been featured in a large number of leading publications around the world, including Glamour Magazine, ELLE, Harper’s Bazaar, Allure and

Rachell is inspired by personalities, emotion and style and people often describe her work as soft and beautiful.

Rachell works between London, New York and Los Angeles. 

Rachell will be talking about:

  • What to do after university or college (making the right decision for you /  how to apply yourself / asking for help)
  • What area of photography are you interested in  
  • Assist or not to assist / freelance or full time work
  • What to expect of the industry 
  • How she built up her business  
  • Planning ahead / goals for the future 
  • Where is the photography industry heading 
  • Q & A 


Tickets are free for AOP Student & Assisting Photographer Members, £5 for non-member tickets. 

Includes Lunch & each attendee will recieve a years' FREE Junior Assistant Membership.


Book here

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Student Awards Ceremony

28th July 2016 19:30 - 22:00

theprintspace Gallery, E2 8DL

The Print Space gallery in Shoreditch will host our Student Awards ceremony party on 28th July. The three ‘Best in Categories’ and one overall ‘Best in Show’ winner will be announced at the ceremony. All finalist images will be exhibited. 

Tickets will be going on sale in early July for £5 each.

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Student Awards Exhibition

28th July - 9th August 2016

theprintspace Gallery, 74 Kingsland road, London E2 8DL

We are thrilled that London prolab, art printer theprintspace are sponsoring this year's AOP Student Awards. They will host the winners' exhibition at their gallery in Shoreditch, the creative heart of London, from 28th July-9th August 2016. 


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AOP Awards Ceremony

13th October 2016AOP Awards Logo Black

The Old Truman Brewery, Brick Lane

The winners will be announced on 13 October at the presentation ceremony party, which will once again take place at The Old Truman Brewery in Brick Lane. Expect the big reveal of who has been chosen as this years' Best in Category, as well as our new Discovery Award. More information to be revealed closer to the event.

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