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6 March 2014


We have now officially moved and are currently unpacking at our new offices within the Holborn Studios. 

30th AOP Photographers Awards - Winners' Exhibition at The Lowry Hotel

27 February 2014

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© Jeroen Hofman, Best in Category, Portrait Single, AOP Photographers Awards 2013.

2013 saw The AOP celebrate its 30th Photographers Awards! This momentous occasion was marked in October with a prize giving ceremony and exhibition, enjoyed by our members and supporters alike.

Now, and for only the second time in The AOP's history - in collaboration with Comme Ca Art, we are taking The 30th AOP Photographers Awards Winners' Exhibition to the North.

We're delighted to be holding this prestiguous event at The Lowry Hotel, Manchester. The exhibition will be open from Friday 28th February until Tuesday 22nd April. So, catch it if you can!

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Give Your AOP Portfolio A Leg Up

Did you know that every time you update anything on your portfolio you'll automatically be displayed at the top of the Find A Photographer page?

Don't forget to tag each image you upload in at least one of the possible categories (you can select up to 5 categories) so that you will be found in Specialism searches and on the appropriate Specialism page, e.g. Beauty, Landscape, Portraiture, Reportage.

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Open Awards 2013 - Exhibition Online Now!

If you missed the 2013 Open Awards Exhibition, never fear they are now available to see online under Photography, Exhibitions, Current Exhibition. 

See what you think.

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Life on the Line - a kickstarter project by Cristian Barnett

Member Christian Barnett's new project 'Life on the Line' focuses on places either side of the Arctic circle to seek the interesting and the ordinary. The line connects nomadic herders, hunters and fisherman but also musicians, mechanics, housewives and librarians. He launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise the funds needed to print the book and is nearly there. He just needs a little more support, so take a look at the Kickstarter page and back this remarkable project!

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Talking Statues of London - A new book by member Julian Nieman

Last week a little birdie dropped off this delightful book of London statues. Each statue has a voice in this quirky read, but it doesn't stop there! As well as bringing many laughs to all of us here in the office, it also gives insight in to all that is beautiful, historic, fascinating and just strange about all the London statues and their creators. Personally its going to be a good ol' stocking filler for my family, bound to bring many more laughs.

You can buy it on amazon here.

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London Shindig!

Last night saw the gathering of members at the Proud Archivist, thanks to our kind sponsors File FX, Direct Photographic and Holborn Studios for supporting our christmas celebrations! It was great to see everyone that made it, and we hope that all enjoyed the evening. We can't wait to do another. 

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Starr Hart

Starr Hart 20th August 1957 – 20th June 2013

Starr Hart was born in Arizona and became a civilian photographer contracted to the USAF. Starr developed her skills in the military PR, promoting the new F-15 fighter jet and photographed the first all female F-15 pilot squadron. The military took her to Brazil and Kenya where she lived for eight years. During her time there, Starr organized the Pope’s papal visit and photographed the official portrait of H.E. Arap Moi.The portrait of him still hangs in many official buildings and shops throughout Kenya. Starr fell in love with the people and the African continent.

Starr was a London photographer’s agent from the mid 1980’s until the mid 1990’s, she actively developed new ways of promoting the photographic profession and was a forerunner in diminishing the heavy portfolios carted around at that time. We now take for granted web sites and DVD’s but, during that period, VHS cassette tapes were cutting edge. Many folios of photographers, artists, model makers etc were transferred to the new format of folio display through '', a booking agency designed and formed by Starr and Ian Butcher to allow access to photographers and suppliers.

With her love for Africa, in her later years Starr created a trading platform for Africa. Sadly, still in its final stages of development this has passed away with her.

Starr’s husband, photographer Barry Meekums continues to mourn the death of his wife of 25 years.

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