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The Associateship (AOPS) is the second or intermediate level in the Society's distinction programme. Be sure to read and understand the requirements, application process and criteria before submitting an application. Detailed information on all the Society's distinctions may be found in the OPS Distinctions Handbook that can be downloaded as a PDF file and printed.

The Associateship is appropriate for those who have considerable experience in a particular field, and represents a significant challenge for accomplished photographers. The standards required are very high, and a significant step up on those required for a successful Licentiateship application, but are nevertheless achievable for active and developing photographers. The expectation at Associateship level is that a photographer should demonstrate not only a high standard of technical control appropriate to his or her chosen subject, but also obvious creativity and an identifiable personal style. A successful candidate must also demonstrate his or her flair for, and understanding of, the chosen subject.

Applicants must have personally created all images submitted to the Society, and must hold the copyright for each and every image. Images of people must be supported by model release forms where necessary. All applicants must be over the age of 18 years on the date of the assessment.


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