The AOP was formed in 1968, by photographers, for photographers. Originally named The Association of Fashion and Advertising Photographers it has continued to evolve into one of the most prestigious professional photographer associations in the world.
The AOP’s aims remain the same today as they were over 50 years ago: to support, protect and inspire its members and to vigorously defend and lobby for the interests and rights of all photographers.
Membership is open to all professional and assisting photographers working in the creative sector, as well as agents, service providers, educational establishments and companies working in the photographic industry.
Each year the AOP Awards celebrates the best in established and emerging photography talent, making the annual event one of the leading events in the creative calendar. Members of the AOP are eligible for the Photography categories, whereas non-members are eligible for the Open Categories.
The 36th annual Association of Photographers (AOP) Awards event will take place this October, with an online gallery showcasing all the finalists images, and on the 13th October 2020 the winners will be announced via an online presentation.