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Accredited Photographer membership

AOP Accredited Photographer membership is available to professional photographers who are working in the creative industries 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:

  • Business and Legal support. This includes our own adviser and if required, referral to our IP specialist law firm (first half-hour consultation at a discounted member's rate).

  • Listing in the Find a Photographer search 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* (additional cost)

  • Apple AOP EPP discount purchase scheme 

  • Access to a 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, 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 including: 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, many more. (* terms may apply)

  • Workshops and Events. 

  • AOP Accredited Photographer member logo

  • AOP Usage Calculator

  • Business template documents, forms and downloads

  • Discounts on print version of 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.

  • 10% off AOP Assisiting Photographer membership for any assistants working with you 

For more information email us at membership@aophoto.co.uk

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 membership@aophoto.co.uk.

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.

Price:

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

**NO JOINING FEE

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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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