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The AOP is passionate about photography.

All our members, staff and supporters share this passion. We actively support, promote and work to protect professional photographers' interests and our views and policies are recognised as benchmarks for rights, ethics and good business practice. We create an effective network to encourage the highest standards in creative, technical and commercial practice within the photographic industry. We provide access to lifelong learning and we show photographers how to protect their rights and their businesses through the literature we supply, the advice we give & the workshops & talks we hold.

Who Are Our Members?

The AOP is an excellent conduit for getting your company name/brand in front of those who may be interested in your products or service.

We have over 1000 professional photographer members throughout the world most of whom fall squarely within the AB demographic. As some of the top professionals in the business, our photographers invest in high-end kit from camera bodies, computer hardware and software, camera backs and lenses to lighting, bags, tripods, stands and everything in between. As the vast majority of our members are sole traders or SMEs, a lot of their time is spent ensuring their businesses run effectively and continue to grow.

Our Assistant members are on their way up the ladder and work extremely hard to get to the top. Using the right equipment and learning the right skills to help them get to where they want to be is essential. As is getting to grips with tax, accurate accounting and insurance; all crucial to making a business successful.

We have a number of affiliated degree-level courses at colleges and universities throughout the UK all of whom are using some of the latest technology to teach the professional photographers of tomorrow.

Our student members take advantage of all the equipment available to them whilst studying and are trying out as much kit as they can get their hands on to enable them to make informed choices and investments when they graduate.

We also have photographers' agents as members who need to have their finger on the pulse when it comes to production. Studios, retouchers, home economists, set-builders, model-makers, stylists, the list is endless and our photographer's agents are savvy enough to know the who's who in the industry.

Our professional photographers work with high profile clients that include advertising agencies, design groups, large corporates and blue-chip companies, publishing houses and music publishers. Members' work is published worldwide in magazines, newspapers and books and used in advertising campaigns. Many of our members sell their images as fine art through traditional galleries as well as on-line.

Affiliated Company Attributes and Criteria

  • We have very strong views on copyright and intellectual property rights; any company that has contact with Intellectual Property of any form and wishes to be affiliated with us must share our views and support our lead when requested.
  • All Affiliated Companies must have a relevance to our members.
  • Mutual benefit is important; we are looking for companies that can provide support to the Association. In return we will work with you to maximise your affiliation and bring you, your products and services to our members' attention.
  • We are looking for long-lasting working relationships that benefit all.

There are a number of ways to make the most of your affiliation. The following list shows the basic package

Basic Package:

  • You will have the opportunity to contribute editorial content for inclusion in the AOP's e-newsletter on its website. This may be in the form of news articles, advice and information to help educate or inform readers. However, advertorials, special offers or branded promotions will not be shown in this way.
  • We will publish a Welcome message in both Image Magazine and the monthly AOP's e-newsletter after you become an affiliate.
  • The opportunity to have 1 annual direct-mail campaign that we send to our members. This could be to advertise a new product or service you are offering, an event you may be putting on or a new piece of equipment you are about to launch.
  • You will be sent a complimentary printed copy of Image Magazine plus a complementary online PDF version for each issue.
  • 2 complimentary copies of the Photographers Awards book will be sent to you and further copies will be available to buy at member-discounted rates.
  • Tickets for the Photographers Awards events are offered to you at member-discounted rates.
  • For the period of affiliation, your company logo will be shown on the Affiliated Companies page of the Association's website. Your logo will also have a reciprocal link to your Company's website.
  • Your logo will be shown in our e-newsletter every month, sent out to over 4000 recipients, all of whom are directly involved with the photographic industry.
  • The opportunity to buy Jobshop 'credits' which will enable you to use the Jobshop as and when you need to recruit staff at a discounted rate. we will offer a buy-4-get-1-free deal.
  • We will provide you with an AOP Affiliated Company logo.

Total cost for the above package is £1,000 +VAT.

To join please email: membershop@aophoto.co.uk

Extra Benefits:

On top of the above there are further opportunities to maximize your brand within the AOP.

  • Pre-agreed rates to advertise in Image magazine. Opportunity for 50% discount if 3 or more ads are booked and paid for. "Placed adverts" can be included in the discounted package. - Cost: POA
  • The opportunity to launch products, hold networking evenings or demonstrations at the AOP's premises or other suitable venues. We will promote these events to our membership and our experienced event staff will work with you in ensuring your event is a success. - Cost: POA

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