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By becoming a member of the Association of Photographers you automatically become part of a wider community of assistants, photographers and photographers' agents. You will achieve recognition from your peers as well as the industry and become recognised by those who commission professional photography.


Assistants need to have assisted at least three photographers in the last year, or, be employed full-time by one photographer. References will need to be provided and once we have had confirmation from referees we will progress your application. We would expect the procedure to take no longer than three weeks.

In summary we can provide you with:

  • Recognition as a member of a peer group that represents those at the top of their game.
  • Business and Legal support. Referral to specialist lawyers, retained by the AOP (first half-hour consultation at a discounted members rate)
  • Eligibility to apply for inclusion in our web-based Assistant Search list. A short multiple-choice test (50 mins) to be completed at the AOP HQ. This provides presence on the AOP website as an Assistant, including contact information, web and email links.
  • Access to our Assistant e-mail forum & the main AOP E-list; a 24/7 Private Member to Member Forum that shares advice and always has an immediate answer to a question.
  • Eligibility to enter the AOP Photography Awards & Expo - Assistant Award.
  • Eligibility to enter the AOP Open Award (Discounted entry)
  • Free quarterly Image Magazine App.                                                                                                        - See Issue #1, our first 'exclusive', open free download to all members and non-members. Available through the iTunes Store here & as an online PDF here.
  • Monthly member-only e-newsletter and blog.
  • Member Industry Discounts
  • Access to free PDF version of Beyond the Lens 
  • Access to the AOP's Applestore where items are sold at discounted prices (UK residents only).
  • Workshop and Events (access to discounted & free events
  • AOP Members Logo
  • Discounts on all the AOP's publications including the Awards book, Beyond the Lens and any future publications.
  • AOP Usage Calculator
  • Business Templates Forms
  • Free buy/sell advertisements on the AOP's website.
  • Free Job Shop advertisements on the AOP's website (not to be used to advertise for freelance assistants).

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  • £165 p/a - plus VAT (UK)

N.B.  For any card payments please contact the office on +44(0)203 327 7207


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