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NATURAL - AOP Members Summer Exhibition - View Online

16 July 2014

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Coral Fan © Wendy Carrig

Natural is the theme for this summers AOP Members group exhibition. Over 100 images were submitted for consideration and after a lot of discussion 45 selected images make up the exhibition.  Expect to see anticipated subject matter covered such as beautiful flora and fauna, landscapes, still life, animals etc but as you journey on through there will be a few surprises we hope where you might wish to click past quickly or indeed marvel at the genius abstracts that demonstrate natural in all its beauty.

Natural is the 25th exhibition to be showcased on the AOP online platform since we began showcasing solo and curated group shows for its members back in 2012.

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We're recruiting

1 July 2014


The AOP board is currently looking to recruit a General Manager for the Association.

We are seeking an experienced, self-motivated effective manager to fulfil the role. The General Manager will lead the day-to-day business, provide support and direction to the team and, act as an outward facing ambassador to members and supporters of the Association. They will work closely with the Board to develop and implement strategy and responsibility will include increasing levels of membership across all categories of membership of the Association.

If you know anyone who may fit this brief, please ask them to send their cv with a covering letter to (applications by email only please). For further details, please click here

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New logos now available

We have created a new range of logos designed to reflect the different levels of AOP membership.

The Full, Assistant and Affiliate Company member logos are available now and the Open member version will be released when this new category of membership launches in August.

Each logo comes in different sizes and formats depending on usage. They will be available for download from your member dashboard shortly.

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Affiliate update

We are very grateful to our loyal group of affiliated companies who support the AOP and its members.

A welcome new addition to that list is leading London pro lab, Genesis Digital. We’ll be featuring Genesis in our Affiliate Profile next month. In the meantime, please check out their services at

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Affiliate profile

julystory5AEL Chartered Accountants – free introductory meeting offer

Marc Jason specialises in providing jargon-free business planning, accounting and taxation advice to many photographers throughout the UK. Marc is the Managing Partner of AEL Partners LLP, founding director of Creative Advice Network Ltd, an affiliate of the AOP and has written features on finance and business matters for photographic journals.

His practice has developed due to the fact that Marc believed that not enough attention was being given to clients by other advisors and the ethos is that the personalised service he offers means that he has a better knowledge of his client, can advise in a more informed way and ultimately save them tax.

As an affiliate of the AOP, Marc is happy to have a free introductory meeting with AOP Members at his North West London office to see how he can help you and your business. If you would like to arrange this, please contact him directly at

 Marc will be writing regular business hints and tips for the AOP in the future so is the ideal person to help your business.

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Member workshop latest

Bookings are brisk for our inaugural Member Workshop, if you’d like to attend we’d advise you to not delay in reserving your place. Tickets are free, just click here and book your place.

The event takes place at Holborn Studios on Tuesday 8th July from 3pm.

The day kicks-off with an introduction from Stephen Coe (Founding AOP Member) and Steve Knight (AOP Chair).

We then will host two workshops:

3pm: Norman Childs - ACHIEVABLE GOLD:

Presentation & discussion on planning new goals in changing conditions.

4.30pm: Clive Boursnell - A PASSION FOR PROJECTS:

Recording Opera or Recreating historic gardens for the printed page.

Following the workshops we will gather on the outside deck area at the Commissary bar and restaurant from 6pm for a beer and a burger. If any members cannot attend the talks then please do try to attend the drinks as this will be a great opportunity to catch up with old friends, meet new people and see the AOP’s canalside home in Islington.

At 9pm there will be a live screening of one of the World Cup semi-finals, an ideal way to round-off a great event!

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Social media latest



It’s been a busy time recenlty on the AOP’s social media channels.


Our Facebook following is over 6,200 and our ‘boosted’ posts are providing valuable exposure for the Association and its members.  For instance two posts to promote Julian Calverley’s new book, #IPHONE ONLY attracted over 12,000 views.

Over on Twitter we have also enjoyed success with over 100 new followers in the past seven days. The level of engagement with our followers is improving with many posts receiving retweets.

If you have a project you would like us to promote on your behalf, please email Pete Brandon –

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NUJ Press Card – another AOP benefit




In conjunction with the National Union of Journalists (NUJ), full AOP members are entitled to apply for an International Press Card for an annual fee of £53.96.

Carrying a Press Card is confirmation that you are a working professional photographer. It not only confirms your status worldwide, but it also acts as an important additional form of photo ID. This could be crucial whilst trying to gain access to particular locations or events. The Press Card is also recognised by the Police as official ID.

Photographers are often required to have additional accreditation to gain access to special events. Without a Press Card this process would be almost impossible, especially regarding international venues.

The Press Card can also be used to gain access to certain events and galleries (assuming the holder is working at that event).

Applications for the NUJ Press Card can be made on the AOP website or via Rachel Brown at the AOP office –

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