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The AOP f22 was first created in the 1980s and then re-formed in 2019. This was due to demand and recognition that inequality within the photographic industry was not being addressed as it should.  

f22 is run by a voluntary group of AOP accredited members and is open to any and all women and non-binary members of the AOP. The AOP f22 champions their work, providing a space for those with similar experiences to share, learn and grow. 

Through regular meet-ups, exhibitions and workshops we provide a dedicated platform offering the best business practice support. Together we continue to explore ways in which to grow the visibility of women & non-binary commercial photographers at all levels. 



The f22 forum was created as a space to discuss matters of photography and women in photography.   If you would like to join f22’s growing supportive community please register here.

#womensupportingwomen #thefstartshere


Co-Chair & Board member - Gabrielle Motola | Accredited Photographer

Co-Chair: Tabatha Fireman | Accredited Photographer

Kate Abbey | Accredited Photographer (Herstories)

Liz McBurney | Accredited Photographer (Instagram/Social)

Vanessa Fairfax-Woods | Assistant Photographer (Instagram/Social)

Karen Yeomans | Accredited Photographer (Newsletter)

Jayne Jackson | Accredited Photographer



A collection of interviews by AOP photographer Kate Abbey with prominent Women Photographers with the aim of increasing Women’s visibility in this field.  The #herstories are also a means of championing the outstanding work and achievements of  Women Photographers,  and creating a legacy for future generations to aspire to.

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                                                                                                                                                        Images © Rhiannon Adam

Click here to see all #herstory interviews with Rhiannon Adam, Jillian Edelstein, Alys Tomlinson, Julia Fullerton-Batten, Laura Pannack, Sandra Lousada and more.

Click here to read about the role of women in the early days of the AOP by Jannet Ibbotson, a previous Managing Director of the Association, and one of the original ‘AFAEP Girls’.

Follow f22 on Instagram @f22aop     #thefstartshere

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Current Exhibitions


1 March - 31 March 2022

Curated by the f22 Working Group and part of the ongoing AOP Spotlight series of exhibitions. 

Exhibiting Photographers: Kate Peters , Laura LewisLaura PannackZula RabikowskaJillian EdelsteinEleanor ChurchRhiannon AdamJulia Fullerton-BattenJenny LewisHeidi Coppock BeardJo SaxOlivia HemingwayHelen RoscoeNancy-Anne HarbordElisabeth HoffSandra LousadaHannah Maule-FfinchFelicity CrawshawSophie EbrardAnne-Marie MichelJulia BostockCarol SharpCarolyn MendelsohnChantel KingNadia CorreiaPatricia NivenEleanor Bentall

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Image: ‘Nothing but a Curtain’ © Zula Rabikowska


Past Exhibitions

f22   Self-portrait  

3 March - 31 March 2021

Curated by Jaki Jo Hannan from adam&eveDDB, and founder of Equal Lens. 

Exhibiting Photographers:  Kate Abbey, Olivia Beasley, Wendy Carrig, Eleanor Church, Clare Park, Sophie Ebrard, Tabatha Fireman,  Aoife Herrity, Liz McBurney, Anne-Marie Michel, Patricia Niven, Kristy Noble, Zula Rabikowska,  Tais Sirote,  Claire Watts, Karen Yeomans

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Image © Kate Abbey

f22   The Space Between

10 -23 September 2020

Exhibiting Photographers:  Kate Abbey, Liz Artindale, Olivia Beasley, Keeley Bentley, Anita Berkhane, Wendy Carrig, Heidi Coppock-Beard, Allie Crewe, Sophie Ebrard, Emma Freeman, Kristy Gosling, Louise Hagger, Nancy Harbord, Teresa Hayhurst, Sarah Hogan, Marta Kochanek, Jo Lauren, Gabrielle Motola, Patricia Niven, Clare Park, Kate Peters, Nassima Rothacker, Nyla Sammons, Carol Sharp, Gerhilde Skoberne, Laura Stevens, Marianne Van Loo and Karen Yeomans.

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Image © Kate Peters


#IWD2019  – launch of f22 with an inaugural meeting at the Leica Gallery, London  attended by 50+ AOP women photographers.

#IWD2020  – Talk at the Photographer’s Gallery with speakers Del Barrett, founder of Hundred Heroines;  Hilary Woods, creator of  #209women;  and Wendy Carrig, AOP Accredited photographer and co-founder of f22aop.

 #IWD2021 - f22 launched their second Spotlight exhibition, curated by Jaki-Jo Hannan the founder of EqualLens. The exhibition was titled Self-Portrait.

– AOP women photographers were also celebrated throughout the AOP including a flashmob-style takeover of the website, and a dedicated newsletter themed #ChooseToChallenge sent to 30+k subscribers.



The BBC featured work by f22 women photographers documenting their experiences of lockdown : Coronavirus: Women photographers document lockdown - BBC New


 - In response to the killing of Sarah Everard and the subsequent #ReclaimTheseStreets protest, f22 held a special meeting to discuss how these events affect us as both women and photographers.

 - The Suzy Lamplugh Trust  has useful & practical advice on Personal Safety and Lone Working.

If you need to have a private conversation regarding your safety in the workplace, please contact anyone from the working group.



Upcoming Events:

Details of all current AOP Talks and Events can be found here


Past Events:

Survival Skills for Freelance Creatives – a workshop by Sheryl Garratt

Entering Photography Awards – a workshop by the f22 Working Group

LockdownLive – a series of live chat events hosted on Zoom throuought the Government imposed National Lockdowns.

How to keep your head in times of uncertainty – photographer Kate Abbey in conversation with AOP’s Rachel Rogers

Finding Focus for 2021 - a workshop by Sheryl Garratt

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