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AOP Student is a web-based membership with all the benefits listed below. 

By becoming an AOP Student you automatically become part of a wider community of students, assistants, photographers & photographers' agents.

We believe that to become a successful professional photographer working for commercial clients, you must demonstrate a special level of drive, initiative, business acumen and skill. Becoming a student member does not offer a fast-track to success (there isn't one) nor does it provide any guarantees as the industry you are hoping to enter is one of the toughest to break into. But - if you put the effort in, work hard and learn from your results, you are, at the very least, on the first rung of the ladder.


Open to all students studying photography (Higher Education Courses)

Benefits of becoming an AOP Student:

  • Recognition as part of The Association of Photographers and the peer group it represents.
  • 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
  • Workshop and Events (access to discounts & free events)
  • Business Templates Forms
  • AOP Usage Calculator
  • Discounts on AOP's publications (including Beyond the Lens book and the AOP Awards book)
  • How to.... Guides.  Handy and easy to understand 'how to' guides covering the basics of studio life.
  • Links to useful places
  • A glossary containing many slang-words, colloquialisms and jargon used throughout the industry.
  • Acess to Meet The Experts; exclusive interviews offering tips and advice from AOP Photographers and Assistants.


  • FREE Annual Membership if studying on an affiliated course (this will become apparent when you apply)
  • £25 p/a if not studying on an affiliated course.

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