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30 September 2014

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Hasselblad’s shootLDN event takes place at The Old Truman Brewery on London’s Brick Lane over 22nd and 23rd October.

It promises to be a great event with a packed programme of free seminars and lectures, live shoots, the Hasselblad Masters Exhibition plus a social evening.

In addition to all that, we’ll be offering portfolio critiques for just £30. Reviewees will also receive 10% off C type prints up to 20x30 in size from Metro Print.

Click here to book your slot - http://www.the-aop.org/events

Tickets for shootLDN are free; go to http://www.handsonahasselblad.com/shootldn to reserve your place.

Copyright talk

30 September 2014

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We’re hosting an event, “How easy is it to infringe copyright?" on Tuesday 7th October from 5:30 to 7:30 at our base in Holborn Studios, 49/50 Eagle Wharf Road, London, N1 7ED.

Photographers always panic about people infringing their copyright. This talk will highlight the need to be aware of the sorts of claims (including copyright infringement) that can be made against photographers relating to their professional services. The talk will focus on ‘real life’ examples of claims made against photographers and will provide practical advice on how best to protect your business from such claims.

The chair for the evening with be our own Gwen Thomas and the speakers are: Kate Jacques and Matt Whinney from Hiscox Insurance and Charlie  Swan and Anne Mannion from Swan Turton Solicitors.

This is an excellent opportunity to put your copyright questions to this distinguished panel.

The evening is open to everyone and tickets are just £5.00 per person (including refreshments), go to http://www.the-aop.org/events to book your place.

We are very grateful to Hiscox for their support for this event.

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Member benefits

Membership of the AOP offers many benefits, here’s one to kick-off - Image Folio.

Each month our Image Folio mailing, distributed to around 40,000 commissioners of photography around the globe highlights selected members’ work. This random process allows members work to be placed directly in front of those responsible for hiring.

Each featured photographer gets a link through to their portfolio on our website, thus opening up their work to a vast audience. 

The most recent Image Folio can be viewed here

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Open membership launched



We’re delighted to have recently launched our 'AOP Open Membership' category. 

Open Membership is open to all those who work in or have an interest in professional photography and costs just £82.50 (plus VAT) a year. It gives you access to loads of benefits including: 

  • Special AOP discounts, including up to 8% off Apple Store purchases
  • Exclusive Chubb Insurance offer, saving you over £130 (full details on our site)
  • Free subscription to Image+ Magazine app
  • Discounted entry into the 'Open Award' category of the AOP Photography Awards
  • Discounts to AOP events including workshops, seminars and portfolio reviews


  • Weekly Member Newsletters
  • Access to Business Template downloads
  • Free access to the 'Buy & Sell' area of the AOP website
  • AOP usage calculator
  • Your own AOP 'Open Member' logo

 "Professional photography is changing. It is a craft that embraces more than just conventional image capture. We want to include other photographers and as many of those professionals working in our sector of the industry, namely retouchers, designers, gallerists, bloggers, college lecturers, tutors and recent graduates as well as those with a keen interest in professional photography.” Steve Knight, AOP Chair.

Joining is easy, simply go to our website www.the-aop.co.uk/open - you can also email membership@aophoto.co.uk for more information.

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AOP Awards now open

Entries are now invited for the 2014 AOP Awards.

This year there are 21 categories to choose from and for the first time the Photographers Awards will be joined by the AOP Assistant and AOP Open Awards.

Go to www.the-aop.org/awards for a full category list.

All entries must be submitted via the AOP website before the final closing date of 10th October 2014.

Our Awards, now in their 31st year, have long being recognised as the key event in the photographic calendar and winning an award from the Association carries huge kudos within the creative industries with many winners using their success to greatly further their careers.

In a new departure for the AOP, this year will see the launch of a joint awards and expo with our partners, New Events Ltd. This industry trade fair will accompany the Awards alongside an exhibition of the winning images. The event will be held on 12th and 13th December 2014, at The Business Design Centre in Islington, London, with the Awards Ceremony taking place on the evening of Thursday 11th December. 

For more information on signing up or for exhibitor / sponsor prices please contact New Events Ltd on info@neweventsltd.com or 01483 420 229. 

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AOP Talk & Q&A Session "How easy is it to infringe copyright?"

An evening talk Q&A session available to AOP Members ONLY
(Join the AOP) 

£5.00 per person, please ensure you are signed into the website to book your place.

Tuesday 7th October from 5:30pm for 6pm Start, Ending at 7:30pm 
Holborn Studios, 49/50 Eagle Wharf Road, London, N1 7ED

Refreshments of beer and sandwiches will be served.

"Photographers always panic about people infringing their copyright. This talk will highlight the need to be aware of the sorts of claims (including copyright infringement) that can be made against Photographers relating to their professional services. The talk will focus on ‘real life’ examples of claims made against Photographers and will provide practical advice on how best to protect your business from such claims."

Speakers: Kate Jacques - Hiscox Insurance 
Matt Whinney - Hiscox Insurance 
Charlie Swan - Swan Turton Solicitors  
Anne Mannion - Swan Turton Solicitors

Chair: Gwen Thomas, AOP

To Book your place please click here.


Sponsored by Hiscox.

Hiscox is a leading specialist insurer underwriting a diverse range of personal and commercial insurance risks. We currently provide business insurance to over 150,000 SMEs, professionals and consultants in the UK. We design profession-specific policies which can be tailored to suit your business needs. We have been protecting media and creative services businesses since 1995. Swan Turton LLP is a commercial law firm based in London which focuses on media, IP and IT issues. We advise photographers on all their legal matters and provide a legal advice service through the AOP.


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AOP 2014 Photography Awards now open

We’re delighted to announce details of our 2014 Photography Awards. Entries are now invited from AOP Full Members who have a selection of 17 categories to choose from and AOP Assistant Members who can choose from two. Non AOP members can also take part in the Awards, via the AOP Open Award. Go to www.the-aop.org/awards for a full category list.

All entries must be submitted via our website, early bird entrants can enjoy discounted entry until 21st September 2014, before the final closing date of 10th October 2014. Full details of our judges will be released very soon!

The AOP Awards, now in their 31st year, have long being recognised as the key event in the photographic calendar and winning an award from the Association carries huge kudos within the creative industries. Many winners have used their success to greatly further their careers and the extra publicity surrounding the event benefits all AOP members.

In a new departure for the AOP, this year will see the launch of a joint awards and expo with our partners, New Events Ltd. This industry trade fair will accompany the Awards alongside an exhibition of the winning images.

The event will be held on 11th, 12th and 13th December 2014, at The Business Design Centre in Islington, London, the Awards Ceremony taking place on the evening of Thursday 11th December.  The new venue will bring an exciting new format to the event - the two level gallery space allowing guests to circulate through the finalists’ gallery and enjoy the ceremony without being restricted by a formal setting.

Many companies within the imaging industry have already signed-up for space within the trade show. Further details on tickets will be made available nearer the time.

Rob Saunders, Director of New Events Ltd says: ‘We have been working closely with the board at AOP on the floor plan and we have come up with a great arrangement where industry and art will come together in a unique ‘fusion event’.’

Steve Knight, Chair of the AOP is also enthusiastic about the Awards; ‘The AOP Awards have always been a landmark event in the photographic year and our relationship with New Events will allow us to move forward with confidence. They are specialists in staging prestigious, large scale events and I’m sure the AOP Awards and Expo ‘14 will be a huge success. These are exciting times for the AOP with many new initiatives either planned or already underway, and a revitalised Awards is a key part of our future plans.’

For more information or exhibitor / sponsor prices please contact New Events Ltd on info@neweventsltd.com or 01483 420 229.

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New membership category now available

We’re excited to be launching a new category of membership, ‘AOP Open Membership’.

Open membership is aimed at people who earn at least some of their income from photography. This includes designers, retouchers, lecturers, tutors, agents, or people who are photographers of a professional standard but who do not necessarily practice on a full-time basis.

Open membership is just £82.50 (plus VAT) per year and for that members enjoy a host of benefits, including:

Exclusive 'introductory offer' Open Membership Insurance Policy*

Free Subscription to the Image Magazine App

AOP discounts, including up to 8% off Apple products

Discounted AOP Workshops and events

Access to the AOP’s usage calculator

Template business forms

Discounted AOP publications including the acclaimed ‘industry bible’ ,Beyond the Lens 

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Member e-newsletter

Joining is easy, just go to www.the-aop.org/join-us/open contact us via email membership@aophoto.co.uk.

Chair of the AOP, Steve Knight, explained the move: “The AOP board felt it was time to recognise that professional photography is changing, it’s morphing into a craft embracing more than just conventionally accepted image-making. One of The Association's long-term objectives is to widen its membership in order to more effectively represent the views of those in developing visual communication roles - to become an association for photography.”

* policy with Chubb Insurance (£100 + £6 tax, reduced from £238.50, a saving of £132.50); Equipment £7,500 (cover in respect of loss, damage or destruction of photographic equipment) UK only (Including 45 days overseas free of charge);  Public liability £1,000,000; Employers liability £10,000,000

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