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

16 September 2014

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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.

AOP 2014 Photography Awards now open

2 September 2014

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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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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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Joining is easy, just go to contact us via email

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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Social media latest

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.

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shootLDN news



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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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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