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Women photographers at the AOP

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Firstly, please note that you MUST be a member of the AOP to be a part of the f22 community.

The AOP f22 group was first created in the 1980s and then re-formed in 2019, due to demand and recognition that inequality within the photographic industry was not being addressed as it should.

f22 is run by a voluntary group of AOP accredited photographer members and is open to all women and non-binary members of the AOP. The AOP f22 champions their work, and provides a space for those with similar experiences, to share, learn and grow. 

Through regular meet-ups, exhibitions and workshops f22 provides a dedicated platform offering the best business practice support. Together, f22 continues to explore ways in which to grow the visibility of women & non-binary commercial photographers at all levels. 


The f22 forum was created as a space to discuss matters of photography and women in photography.   If you would like to join f22’s growing supportive community please register here.

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Chantel King | AOP Board Member and Accredited Photographer (liaise with AOP, emails, support)

Karen Yeomans | Accredited Photographer  and  Nicola Tree | Accredited Photographer (Projects and liaise circle return)

Eleanor Church | Accredited Photographer and Sujata Setia (Instagram account & instagram planning)


A collection of interviews by AOP photographer Kate Abbey with prominent Women Photographers with the aim of increasing Women’s visibility in this field.  The #herstories are also a means of championing the outstanding work and achievements of Women Photographers, and creating a legacy for future generations to aspire to.

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Click here to see all #herstory interviews with: Jillian Edelstein, Alys Tomlinson, Julia Fullerton-Batten, Laura Pannack, Sandra Lousada, Rhiannon Adam, Kirsty Mackay, Carolyn Mendelsohn, Carol Allen-Storey, Wendy Carrig, Chantel King, Amy Shore, Kristina Varaksina and Sophie Ebrard.

Click here to read about the role of women in the early days of the AOP by Jannet Ibbotson, a previous Managing Director of the Association, and one of the original ‘AFAEP Girls’.

Follow f22 on Instagram @f22aop     #thefstartshere

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Next collaborative project concept to be announced soon

f22 Collaborative Community Project - March 2023

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Project outline
We would like to invite you to collaborate the subject of community and all it encompasses. Connection has never been more important. Communities are all around us enriching our lives. We want you to explore the diverse way this appears. Whether you choose to take a single image or an investigative series we hope you will contribute. We encourage you to use this opportunity to create new work around this theme. The idea is that members will establish collaborative working groups that may wish to work together as support groups or as creative collaborators.

Dictionary definition of community
A community is a social unit with commonality such as place, norms, religion, values, customs, or identity. Communities may share a sense of place situated in a given geographical area or in virtual space through communication platforms. Durable good relations that extend beyond immediate genealogical ties also define a sense of community, important to their identity, practice, and roles in social institutions such as family, home, work, government, society, or humanity at large. Although communities are usually small relative to personal social ties, "community" may also refer to large group affiliations such as national communities, international communities, and virtual communities.

Why do it?
Building networks and forging our own professional community is more important than ever. F22AOP: Community project offers the opportunity to make great work AND strengthen your ties with a UK network of female photography professionals. Providing avenues for future collaboration, support and inspiring future generations of female and female identifying photographers.

Project outcome
A curated online exhibition to celebrate International Women’s Day on March the 8th 2023. An AOP Spotlight feature on the exhibition and work sent out by the AOP to their contacts and creative network. Beyond this the possibility of a physical exhibitions, artists talks discussing their approach to the brief and future collaborations.

Key dates and deadlines
8 February 2023 – Submission Deadline
8 March 2023 - The reveal with be in celebration of International Women’s Day 2023

Entry Criteria
f22 members with any kinds of AOP membership can be part of this project (Student/Assisting Photographer/Access/Accredited Photographer/Associate).




1 March - 31 March 2022

Curated by the f22 Working Group and part of the ongoing AOP Spotlight series of exhibitions. 

Exhibiting Photographers: Kate Peters , Laura LewisLaura PannackZula RabikowskaJillian EdelsteinEleanor ChurchRhiannon AdamJulia Fullerton-BattenJenny LewisHeidi Coppock BeardJo SaxOlivia HemingwayHelen RoscoeNancy-Anne HarbordElisabeth HoffSandra LousadaHannah Maule-FfinchFelicity CrawshawSophie EbrardAnne-Marie MichelJulia BostockCarol SharpCarolyn MendelsohnChantel KingNadia CorreiaPatricia NivenEleanor Bentall

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Image: ‘Nothing but a Curtain’ © Zula Rabikowska


Past Exhibitions

f22   Self-portrait  

3 March - 31 March 2021

Curated by Jaki Jo Hannan from adam&eveDDB, and founder of Equal Lens. 

Exhibiting Photographers:  Kate Abbey, Olivia Beasley, Wendy Carrig, Eleanor Church, Clare Park, Sophie Ebrard, Tabatha Fireman,  Aoife Herrity, Liz McBurney, Anne-Marie Michel, Patricia Niven, Kristy Noble, Zula Rabikowska,  Tais Sirote,  Claire Watts, Karen Yeomans

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Image © Kate Abbey

f22   The Space Between

10 -23 September 2020

Exhibiting Photographers:  Kate Abbey, Liz Artindale, Olivia Beasley, Keeley Bentley, Anita Berkhane, Wendy Carrig, Heidi Coppock-Beard, Allie Crewe, Sophie Ebrard, Emma Freeman, Kristy Gosling, Louise Hagger, Nancy Harbord, Teresa Hayhurst, Sarah Hogan, Marta Kochanek, Jo Lauren, Gabrielle Motola, Patricia Niven, Clare Park, Kate Peters, Nassima Rothacker, Nyla Sammons, Carol Sharp, Gerhilde Skoberne, Laura Stevens, Marianne Van Loo and Karen Yeomans.

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Image © Kate Peters


#IWD2019  – launch of f22 with an inaugural meeting at the Leica Gallery, London  attended by 50+ AOP women photographers.

#IWD2020  – Talk at the Photographer’s Gallery with speakers Del Barrett, founder of Hundred Heroines;  Hilary Woods, creator of  #209women;  and Wendy Carrig, AOP Accredited photographer and co-founder of f22aop.

 #IWD2021 - f22 launched their second Spotlight exhibition, curated by Jaki-Jo Hannan the founder of EqualLens. The exhibition was titled Self-Portrait.

– AOP women photographers were also celebrated throughout the AOP including a flashmob-style takeover of the website, and a dedicated newsletter themed #ChooseToChallenge sent to 30+k subscribers.



The BBC featured work by f22 women photographers documenting their experiences of lockdown : Coronavirus: Women photographers document lockdown - BBC New


 - In response to the killing of Sarah Everard and the subsequent #ReclaimTheseStreets protest, f22 held a special meeting to discuss how these events affect us as both women and photographers.

 - The Suzy Lamplugh Trust  has useful & practical advice on Personal Safety and Lone Working.

If you need to have a private conversation regarding your safety in the workplace, please contact anyone from the working group.



Upcoming Events:

Details of all current AOP Talks and Events can be found here


Past Events:

Survival Skills for Freelance Creatives – a workshop by Sheryl Garratt

Entering Photography Awards – a workshop by the f22 Working Group

LockdownLive – a series of live chat events hosted on Zoom throuought the Government imposed National Lockdowns.

How to keep your head in times of uncertainty – photographer Kate Abbey in conversation with AOP’s Rachel Rogers

Finding Focus for 2021 - a workshop by Sheryl Garratt

First members:
Rachel Rogers - March 2019-Mar 2020
Wendy Carrig - March 2019-March 2022
Carol Sharp - March 2019-March 2021
Sarah Hogan - March 2019-March 2022
Kate Abbey - February 2020-July 2023
Tabatha Fireman - March 2021 (will step down March 2024)
Liz McBurney - March 2021-Feb 2023
Gabrielle Motola - Jan 22-July 23
Karen Yeomans - March 2022
Nicola Tree - Sept 2022
Jayne Jackson - April 2023-Sept 2023
Eleanor Church - Sept 2023
Chantel King - Sept 2023

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