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British Photographic Council supports UK music industry action

22 December 2014

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The British Photographic Council has lent its support to the UK music industry in its action to seek judicial review of the government’s new copyright legislation, which came into effect on 1st October.

Members of the BPC have been expressing concern over the proposed changes to various Exceptions for almost 2 years and published a statement in May outlining the same concerns as those being raised by UK Music.

Like UK Music, the BPC fully supports the right of consumers to make copies of legally purchased photographic images or prints for their own personal and private use but agree that there must be fair compensation for the creators. BPC members also agree with claims that the UK government is out of line with EU law which requires “fair renumeration” for creators. The UK government is one of only 6 out of the 28 EU member states not to have implemented this compensatory scheme.

Members of the BPC include: British Association of Picture Libraries & Agencies (BAPLA), British Institute of Professional Photographers (BIPP), British Press Photographers Association (BPPA), Association of Photographers (AOP), Editorial Photographers UK (EPUK), Redeye, Royal Photographic Society (RPS), National Union of Journalists (NUJ)

Unseen London - an illustrated talk by Dazeley

18 December 2014

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Unseen London is one of this year’s most beautiful books, with photographs by AOP member Dazeley. This illustrated talk is a unique opportunity for you to be taken backstage at some of the capital’s great theatres, into the changing rooms of some of our greatest temples of sport, into the heart of the Establishment, the boiler room of the city’s infrastructure, and behind the scenes at some of the most opulent buildings in the Square Mile.

Dazeley has kindly agreed to give the talk in his own studio in Fulham. He will discuss his photographs of these buildings - some derelict, but many still working; each is described in the book with a thoughtful text by Mark Daly, which tells the story of how each of these places was created and how they are used. The locations for Unseen London were photographed over a period of four years; for Dazeley, as a photographer, it was a joy to be able to share images of his wonderful city.

Book you place here 

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The AOP has announced the winners of its prestigious Photography Awards.

This year the Association merged the Photographer, Assistant and Open Awards into one bigger AOP Photography Awards creating ‘a true celebration of the cream of photography’. 


The winners were:

The Open Award – Moving Image – Paul Rees
The Open Award – single image – Matthew Murray

The Assistant Award, sponsored by The British Journal of Photography
·      Single – Josh Redman
·      Series – Emma Townsend

Non-Commissioned Portraits, sponsored by Bikini List
·      Single – Sam Barker
·      Single  - Cristian Barnett 
·      Series – Sam Barker

Non-Commissioned Life
·      Single – Philip Haynes
·      Series – Julia Fullerton-Batten

Non-Commissioned Environment
·      Single – Gary Bryan
·      Series – Philip James

Non-Commissioned Objects
·      Single – Carol Sharp
·      Series – Michael Harvey

Non-Commissioned Fashion & Beauty, sponsored by Image Magazine
·      Single – Bernd Opitz
·      Series – Julia Fullerton-Batten

Project – Noel McLaughlin

Commissioned Editorial
·      Single – Gavin Kingcome
·      Series – Dan Burn-Forti
Commissioned Design
·      Single – Richard Wadey James
·      Series – Paul Calver

Commissioned Advertising, sponsored by Direct Photographic
·      Series – George Logan
·      Single – Maak Roberts

Steve Knight, Chair of the AOP made this comment: “This year it has been extremely difficult to pick the best in category because the quality has been so exceptionally high. Our curators have done an amazing job, providing us with some beautiful and striking images, which are displayed in our finalist’s exhibition, free for people to visit at the AOP Photography Awards and Expo at the Business Design Centre, Islington up until 4pm on Saturday 13 December.”
A gallery of finalist’s images can be viewed here

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AOP Awards & Expo

The AOP would like to thank all those who helped make this year’s event a success including all those who entered, the winners, members, visitors and especially our exhibitors, speakers and sponsors.

Over the three days guests and visitors enjoyed a full programme of events including an exhibition of all the finalist and winning images, a packed winners’ ceremony, the chance to meet and talk to exhibitors about the latest developments in the industry and seminars on all areas of image making.

Our exhibitors and sponsors this year included:

AC Entertainment
British Journal of Photography
Cirro Lite
Click Props 
Direct Photographic
Dynamic International
File FX
Genesis Imaging
Holborn Studios
Image Magazine
International New York Times
LCA–Lights Camera Action
Lee Filters
Linhof & Studio Ltd
MOT Models
Sunbeam Studios

A big thank you also to our speakers whose fascinating talks included:

Matt Stuart - An Introduction to his Work

Anne Mannion & Gwen Thomas - How easy is it to Infringe Copyright?

Richard Seymour - From Aerial to Automotive

Stuart Waplington, The Print Space - Who Buys Art Prints, and How?

Richard Bradbury - The Alchemy of Photographic Marketing & Shooting the Guinness World Records

Wayne Johns - Bowens International - The art of Capturing Movement

Tim Flach - Who is Upside Down, us or the Bats?

An event of this size cannot happen without the support of so many people and organisations. The AOP would like to thank all our friends in the industry and everyone who has supported this year’s Awards and Expo in such an important and positive way. Without these organisations and individuals we couldn’t continue to celebrate the best in commercial professional photography. Steve Knight, Chair, AOP.

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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 - you can also email for more information.

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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 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 or 01483 420 229.

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