The Association of Photographers was first formed in 1968 as the Association of Fashion and Advertising Photographers and is one of the most prestigious professional photographers' associations in the world.
The Association's aims remain the same today as they were more than 40 years ago: to promote and protect the worth and standing of its members, to vigorously defend, educate and lobby for the interests and rights of all photographers, especially in the commercial photographic industry.
Membership is open to:
Professional and Assisiting Photographers working in the creative sector, Agents, those in education and anyone with an interest in professional photography.
Our members' clients include:
advertising agencies, design groups, corporate sector companies, publishing houses and music publishers.
Our members' work is:
published worldwide in magazines, newspapers, books and advertising campaigns. Many members produce work as fine art, sold and collected through traditional galleries and online.
The Association brings professional photographers together and provides a sense of community that is simply unavailable anywhere else. We promote the highest levels of achievement and we lobby for our members' interests at all levels.
The Association also provides the following to its members:
We provide help, guidance and up-to-date legal and business information. We inform members of their rights and the rights of others who they may come into contact with during their work.
We provide paperwork and templates. Members can get guidance on issues with contracts, non-payment, copyright and usage and, if required, contact our retained specialist lawyers at a subsidised rate.
We publish the acclaimed and respected book, Beyond The Lens, which is included in the syllabus of all our affiliated college/university courses (BTEC or Degree). We also run workshops and seminars for students, assistants and for professional photographers, as well as portfolio critiques.
We have a dedicated links, industry insights and downloads that are accessble for our Student Members. We also work closely with the lecturers that run the courses that are affiliated to the AOP
We have worked hard over many years to protect photographers' rights. We lobby, influence and are regularly asked by those who legislate (in UK Government and the EU), to inform them of photographers' concerns and requirements.
Our most recent success was working with the photographic community to secure the exclusion of Clause 43 from the Digital Economy Act and we are currently working on solutions to the problem of Orphan Works.
We run one of the most prestigious and influential Awards in the industry and have done so for more than 30 years. To be chosen for the Photographers Awards' Exhibition and Book is still seen as one of the top accolades possible for any professional photographer despite there being so many competitions today!
We also include categories for Assistants, again at a level not equaled elsewhere.
Students and Non-members can enter the Open Award category, which is open to professionals and enthusiasts alike.
Our Online Gallery showcases AOP Members' work and specialisms.
Image has been published by the Association since 1981 and most recentely became an APP.
You can view online PDF versions of the magazine here.
'Image' is produced for all photographers but with the professional in mind, showcasing the very best photographers and their work.
For more information on how to join, click here.