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AOP Accredited Photographer Membership

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AOP Accredited Photographer Membership is only available to Professional Photographers. Applicants must pass a portfolio review in order to be considered. 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) 
  • 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
  • Discounts of up to 40%* off insurance premiums with Towergate Camerasure, 20% off printing with Genesis,  plus many, many more. (* terms may apply)


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 2 years

In addition we require:

  • Electronic examples of your work as well as a link to your website. 
  • 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.

In summary we can provide you with:

  • Business and Legal support. Referral to specialist lawyers, 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) 
  • 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 bible 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.
  • Member Industry Discounts including up to 40%* off insurance premiums with Towergate Camerasure, hire discounts with Holborn Studios, Brunswick Studios and Brunswick Studios. 20% off printing with Genesis, 15% off Bikinilists, 20% off Pixelrights website portfolios, 10% off Capture One, free listing in Kays app and printed pages directory plus many, many more. (* terms may apply)
  • Workshop and Events at discounted rates. 
  • AOP Photographer Members Logo
  • AOP Usage Calculator
  • Business Templates 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 £80+VAT a year for Assisting Photographers working with them 

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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)

  • £330 p/a - + VAT (UK)
  • £252 p/a - no VAT (Overseas)

N.B.  For any card payments please contact the office on +44(0)203 327 7207

*Please note that there is a non-refundable fee of £40 +VAT for administering applications


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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