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4 August 2014

The AOP’s followings continue to grow steadily, our Facebook page has over 6,300 ‘likes’ with around 100 new people joining each month. Over on Twitter we now have nearly 8,000 followers.

Social media is a vital way of increasing the AOP’s profile so please help by sharing any articles you think may be of interest to your own followers.

We have a monthly budget set aside to promote member’s news via ‘boosted posts’. A recent Facebook article covering Simon Urwin’s feature in the August issue of Lonely Planet Traveller magazine attracted 6,400 views and 13 likes.

Please keep sending your news to Pete Brandon - - also don’t forget to tag any of your relevant tweets with @AssocPhoto so we can retweet them.

shootLDN news

4 August 2014



The AOP are delighted to be part of shootLDN 2014, this year's event takes place on 22nd and 23rd October at the Truman Brewery in London’s East End.

shootLDN is not like most other photographic events. Aimed firmly at top end professional photographers, but also accessible to all levels of image makers, shootLDN is a hive of interactive and hands-on activity. You won’t see table top after table top of boring sales stands, but instead a venue full of live shoots, demonstrations, tutorials and seminars, each designed to inspire, inform and educate.

Registration is now open - it's quick, easy and free to sign-up, head to for further information.

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An evening tour with Mike Sheil as guide

Friday 12th September, 6.30pm for 7.00pm start

Open-air exhibition, St James's Park, opposite Horse Guards Parade

An interactive workshop arranged by Stephen Coe -

Like landscapes and unsure if you'd like battlefields? So was I until I spent a few minutes with Mike Sheil explaining his passion for these landscape subjects which are much changed from 1914-18. I must say Mike convinced me. 

I would never have guessed how interesting this project became for him, and I think you too will find it fascinating. If you can join us for this special workshop/guided tour – the man himself will be telling how this vast project took over his life and even changed his career.  It's a show celebrating the greater peace - beyond any war.

Mike will be returning from the actual battlefields for this AOP workshop/tour on Friday 12th September, join him to catch the spirit of the unusually poignant atmospheres of these historic landscapes now at peace. This workshop is timed not to eat into your working week and I hope to see you there?  Come in plenty of time from 6.30pm for a 7.00pm start, which is conveniently after the congestion charge, especially those driving in from out of town we'd like to see. Bring a friend - or drive in - with another member you may know of on the way. 

SO, one for the diary - there can be no better way to see this show - than with the creator - and maybe join some of us afterwards for a drink or meal  - probably at the "Inn the Park" or somewhere nearby.

Will everyone interested please e-mail me via the List, Re. Evening tour with Mike Sheil, and/or reserve their place via Eventbrite -

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Membership and services review

As you may be aware the organisation recently advertised for a new General Manager. Through this process we came across Seamus McGibbon, who has worked as a Business Development Manager for the last eight years, six of them at the professional membership organisation the Theatrical Management Association - now known as UK Theatre. UK Theatre represent managers and organisations working in theatre and the performing arts, and is the sister organisation to the Society of London Theatres whose members are producers and theatre owners in London’s West End.

Seamus helped the TMA/UK Theatre build a programme of activity to enhance its membership, as well as engaging non-members in TMA activities. This included increasing the number of courses, conferences and events they held, and working with other bodies including the Arts Councils of the UK and CCSkills, the sector skills council for the theatre and music industry.  Due to Seamus' experience of membership organisations and the arts sector, we have asked him to work with us over the next month to take a fresh look at the AOP and what we do, and to help us develop plans to increase our membership and reach, to ensure we continue to represent those working in the photographic industry into the future.

Seamus is very keen to hear from you and to get your thoughts on what we currently do: what you think we do well; what we could do better; what makes us unique; how we can be stronger; new activities you think we should do; and what you think would attract new members to the Association.  If you want to drop him a line his email is or you can call him on 020 3327 7209. He will be very pleased to hear from you. 

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‘Natural’ exhibition still online

The AOP's current online exhibition, 'Natural', is open for business until 1st September - head over to to view the selected images

Natural is the 25th exhibition to be hosted on our site since we began showcasing solo and curated group shows for our members back in 2012.

Well done to all exhibiting members:

Julien Brightwell, Adrian Burke, Wendy Carrig, Richard Freestone, Claudia Gannon, Oliver Haupt, Sarah Hogan, Tony Hutchings, Andrea Jones, Simon R Leach, Kevin Mallett, Noel McLaughlin, Klaus Mellenthin, Fenella Mett, Tim Platt, Sam Robinson, Carol Sharp, Peter Thompson, Susanne Wegner, McCoy Wynne.

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Touring exhibition latest

The 30th AOP Photographers Awards is about to hit the road again.

This time we’re heading to The Hospital Club in London’s Covent Garden, a haven for creative types in the capital. The exhibition opened on 4th August and runs until 21st September.

A selection of 18 Images are on show on the 2nd floor of the club. Exhibiting members are: Leon Steel, Penny Cottee, Matt Barlow, James Day, Rory Carnegie, Richard Maxted, Parker Biley, Peter Dazeley, Alex Telfer, George Logan, Dario Mitidieri, Jaap Vliegenthart, Morgan Silk, Uwe Duettmann, Christian Schmidt.

This exhibition will provide excellent exposure for the exhibiting photographers and the AOP as a whole. The Hospital Club’s philosophy of ‘Create, Connect, Collaborate’ fits with the AOP’s ethos and we’re grateful to our friends at The Hospital Club for staging the exhibition.

The Hospital Club can be found at 24 Endell Street, London. WC2H 9HQ -

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Mike Sheil exhibition now open

AOP member, Mike Sheil, has a high profile exhibition in London.  Fields of Battle, Land of Peace marks the centenary of outbreak of the First World War when the world was plunged into a conflict that unleashed hitherto unimaginable destruction upon both Man and the Environment.

The exhibition is a unique documentation of all the major theatres of war and examines the power of time and nature to transform places of death and destruction into landscapes of great tranquility and beauty. 

It is being presented as a free to view "street gallery" in London’s St James’s Park. The exhibition was opened by HRH Duke of Kent and is backed by The Royal British Legion.

Head of Remembrance at The Royal British Legion, Dr Stephen Clarke, said: "As the National Custodian of Remembrance, it is only fitting that we help people honour and understand the sacrifices our Armed Forces have made, and continue to make. The tranquil scenes depicted in these images were once raging battlefields where so many gave so much for their country. This remarkable exhibition will offer insight into a conflict that scarred not only lives but also the landscape forever, and the legacy that is left behind a century on."


Fields of Battle, Land of Peace runs until Armistice Day, 11th November. For further information go to

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Member benefits, what we can do for you: E-list

Looking for a quick, efficient, reliable (and free) way of asking advice from your peers? 

Look no further than the AOP’s E-list!

The E-list is an email group of AOP members who offer help, support and advice to each other – questions are varied and most subjects are covered – 

technical, legal, location, staff, marketing, web, client issues – the list is endless.

The E-list is the first port of call for many members and can save hours of trawling the internet for a solution. The AOP’s membership has a vast amount of knowledge and the E-list is the ideal way to tap into this knowhow.

The E-list is open to all AOP members, simply email to request login details.

Once signed up, you can select to receive all emails, or if you prefer you can chose to get a daily digest that gives a summary of the day’s events.

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