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AOP Accredited Photographer membership is available to professional photographers who can demonstrate the appropriate level of professional practice. Applicants must pass a portfolio review in order to be accepted. If your application is successful, membership of the AOP offers many benefits including:

  • Free Professional Indemnity insurance cover up to £250k (*UK & EU members only) underwritten by Hiscox provided through Williamson Carson
  • Eligibility to enter the prestigious annual AOP Photography Awards
  • Access to Business and Legal advice from experienced advisers
  • Showcase up to 30 images in your online portfolio hosted in our Find a Photographer area
  • Membership of the AOP private online professional photographers-only forum; where technical, artistic and business discussions take place
  • AOP Photographer members can obtain a maximum discount of 30% off insurance premiums with Williamson Carson. This is a substantially better deal than is available through other associations and online groups.
  • There are also discounts available through Towergate Camerasure, 20% off printing with Genesis, plus many, more.

Criteria and terms of membership:

As an Accredited Photographer member of the AOP, your work must demonstrate a level and standard that:

  • meets the expectations of commercial buyers and professional commissioners of photography
  • is consistent with having been a professional photographer for more than two years

In addition we require:

  • Electronic examples of your work as well as a link to your website(s). 
  • Support documentation for at least 2 of the requirements you have chosen from the list detailed within the application form (downloadable below).

All evidence should be submitted by e-mail when you submit the application form.

You are also expected to abide by the AOP Members' Charter, which you should read (here) before applying.

By joining, you commit to a minimum term of membership of 12 months. This will be renewed automatically on its anniversary unless you give one calendar month's notice to the Membership Team in writing to

In summary we can provide you with:

  • Business and Legal support. This includes, if required, referral to our IP specialist law firm, retained by the Association (first half-hour consultation at a discounted member's rate).
  • Listing in the Members Folio/Find a Photographer area of our website including images, contact details, web & email links.
  • Professional Indemnity insurance cover up to £250k (*UK & EU members only) underwritten by Hiscox
  • NUJ Press Card* (Available to AOP Photographer Members for an additional cost)
  • Apple AOP EPP discount scheme 
  • Access to free PDF version of Beyond the Lens, the industry gold-standard professional practice textbook with information and advice on business and legal matters
  • Access to the AOP Member Forum to share advice and ask questions of other professional photographers.
  • Eligibility to enter the "AOP Photographer" member categories of the AOP Awards.
  • Discounted entry to the Open categories of the AOP Awards  
  • Fortnightly member-only newsletter.
  • Industry discounts off insurance premiums with Williamson CarsonTowergate Camerasure, hire discounts with Holborn Studios, Brunswick Studios, 20% off printing with Genesis, 15% off Bikinilists, 20% off Pixelrights website portfolios, 10% off Capture One, a free listing in Kays app and printed pages directory plus many, more. (* terms may apply)
  • Workshops and Events at discounted rates. 
  • AOP Accredited Photographer member logo
  • AOP Usage Calculator
  • Business template documents and forms
  • Discounts on Beyond the Lens and AOP Awards Book publications.
  • Free buy/sell advertisements on the AOP's website.
  • Free Job Shop advertisements on the AOP's website (not to be used to advertise for freelance assistants).
  • AOP Photographer members can claim an additional 10% discount off the membership fee of £84+VAT a year for Assisting Photographers working with them 

For more information email us at

Voting Rights:

Accredited Photographer members of the AOP have voting rights. This entitles you to attend our Annual General Meeting and vote on any motions regarding the AOP and/or members of the AOP's Board of Directors.


Accredited Photographer Membership (working as a professional photographer for more than 2 years)

  • £396 p.a. inc VAT (UK membership)
  • £252 p.a. no VAT applicable (overseas membership)

N.B.  For any card payments please contact the office on 020 7739 6669



Comments about the AOP:

"I'm a big fan of the AOP. When I left college, all the photographers whose work I admired and aspired to were members, so joining was a no-brainer. Since then, I've benefitted in countless ways, from organising exhibitions to complex legal advice. Success in the Awards also provided a significant increase in the number and quality of my commissions. Given all the ongoing changes and developments in photography, having the support of the AOP has never been more essential" - George Logan

"The main reason for me, as an overseas member, to join the AOP was the Awards. I think its still the best Photography Award with the greatest work from the year - Its an honour to be chosen for the book and very exciting every year. Also a great opportunity to get your work seen by so many people" - Christian Schmidt

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