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Advertising, Commercial and Magazine Photographers of Australia
Contact: Robyn Brazier (Secretary)
P.O. Box 283
Cammeray, NSW 2062

The national professional organisation of Australian photographers in the advertising, commercial and editorial fields.


Advertising & Industrial Photographers Association
Contact: Ian Pereira (Secretary General)
119, Aurobindo Place, Haus Khas
Delhi, 110 016


Advertising and Illustrative Photographers
Contact: Aaron K (President)
P.O. Box 9218
Newmarket, Auckland,
New Zealand

The Advertising and Illustrative Photographers Association (AIPA) was founded in the spring of 1978 by a small group of Auckland photographers who felt there was a need for more communication within regard to issues specific to commercial photography.


Australian Institute of Professional Photographers
Contact: Chris Chester (Secretary)
P.O. Box 11
Fortitude Valley, Queenland 4006


The Association of Photographers Ltd
Contact: Gwen Thomas (Deputy Chief Director)
81 Leonard Street
London, EC2A 4QS
United Kingdom

Represents the very best advertising, editorial and fashion photographers based in the UK - UK's equivalent of APA or ASMP.


Advertising Photographers of America
Contact: Will Mosgrove (National President)
7201 Melrose Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90046
United States

APA serves to promote the highest standards of business practices within the industry, and to promote an awareness and understanding of the roll of advertising and commercial photographers within the creative community.


American Society of Media Photographers
Contact: Richard Weisgrau (Executive Director) or Bruce Blank (Member Operations)
14 Washington Road, Suite 502
Princeton Junction, NJ 08550
United States

The American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP) was established in 1944 to further the interests of photographers and their profession. It remains the world's foremost organization of professional photographers, with over 5,000 members in 35 chapters across the United States and internationally. These professionals specialize in every area from documentary and photojournalism to corporate/industrial and advertising in print, tape, and related visual media.


American Society of Picture Professionals
Contact: Cecilia de Querol (National President) or Sam Merrell (Executive Director)
201 East 25th Street, Suite 11c
New York, NY 10010
United States

Since 1966, ASPP is the only umbrella organization that brings together all persons involved within the photographic profession. The society provides a forum about the use, purchase and sale of still images, promotes high professional standards, maintains a "Code of Fair Practice" in the business of picture research and handling, and cooperates with organizations that have similar interests.


British Association of Picture Libraries and Agencies
Contact: Jose Garcia (Information Officer) or Linda Royles (Chief Administrator)
18 Vine Hill
London, EC1R 5DZ
United Kingdom

BAPLA is the UK trade association for picture libraries and the largest organisation of its kind in the world, with over 400 member companies.


British Institute of Professional Photography
Contact: Alex Mair
Fox Talbot House, Amwell End, Ware
Hertfordshire, SG12 9HN
United Kingdom

Founded in 1901, the BIPP is the UK's principal professional photographic organisation. The wide international membership includes advertising, industrial, press, medical, corporate, military, law-enforcement and social photographers as well as specialist technicians and technologists. The BIPP is a qualifying body and confers highly prized professional qualifications to professional photographic practioners in a range of disciplines and levels.


British Press Photographers' Association
Contact: Jeff Moore (Chairman)
London, England
United Kingdom

The BPPA provides its members with a voice to raise awareness and appreciation of our industry. The membership is drawn from every part of the country, and represents the broadest selection of newspaper, magazine and agency photographers. It is currently in consultation with other professional and public bodies, in addition to a wide range of industry suppliers, to establish mutually beneficial relationships and attractive member offers.


Bundesverband der Pressebildagenturen und Bildarchive
(German Association of Press Picture Agencies and Picture Libraries)

Contact: Bernd Weise
Lietzenburger Strasse 91
Berlin, 10719

An association of 101 press and stock photography agencies in Germany.


Canadian Association of Professional Image Creators
Contact: Duncan Read (Executive Director)
100 Broadview Avenue, #322
Toronto, Ontario M4M 2E8

Canada's premiere national organization of professional photographers & illustrators working in published communications of all kinds including advertising, stock, book and periodicals. CAPIC is certified by the Canadian government as the representative body for visual communicators under the Status of the Artist Act and is an active voice in favour of artist-friendly Copyright Legislation. CAPIC is a member of the Pacific Rim Photography Congress and maintains close links with other professional groups of similar purpose including AIPP and NZIPP.


Coordination of European Picture Agencies and Libraries
Contact: Sylvie Fodor (Executive Administrator)
Teutonenstrasse, 22
Berlin, 14129

CEPIC is a European Economic Interest Group (E.E.I.G) representing the interests of picture associations, agencies and libraries in Europe, in total 949 picture agencies & libraries in Europe.


Digital Imaging Group
Contact: Mike Laye (Communications Officer)
81 Leonard Street
London, EC2A 4QS
United Kingdom

A select group of well respected photographers who do things digitally. Although started as a special interest group of the AoP, they are now independent and are the fastest growing professional photographers association in Europe.


North American Nature Photographers Association
Contact: Jane Kinne (President)
10200 West 44th Avenue, Suite 304
Wheat Ridge, CO 80033-2840
United States

"The mission of the North American Nature Photography Association (NANPA) is to provide education, foster professionalism and ethical conduct, gather and disseminate information, and develop standards for all persons interested in the field of nature photography. NANPA further seeks to promote nature photography as an art form and a medium of communication for the sciences, nature appreciation and environmental protection."


National Press Photographers Association
Contact: Bradley Wilson (Executive Director)
3200 Croasdaile Drive, Suite 306
Durham, NC 27705
United States

Not for profit organization serving professional still and television photographers.


New Zealand Institute of Professional Photography Inc.
Contact: Malcolm Somerville (President)
P.O. Box 1715
Palmerston North,
New Zealand


Picture Agency Council of America
Contact: Cathy Aron (Executive Administrator) or Allen Russell (President)
23046 Avenida de la Carlota, Suite 600
Laguna Hills, CA 92653
United States

The goal of the PICTURE AGENCY COUNCIL OF AMERICA is the develop uniform business practices within the stock photography industry, based upon ethical standards established by the Council. PACA serves member agencies, their clients and the contributing photographers by promoting communication among photo agencies and other professional groups. Through these improved channels of communication, the Council makes available information necessary to improve and protect the business of its members.


Presse Informations Agentur GmbH

Stefanienstrasse 25
Baden-Baden, D-76530


Photo Library Association of New Zealand
Contact: Bruce Jenkins
P.O. Box 136
New Zealand


Photo Marketing Association International
Contact: Chad Munce (Director of Association Sales)
3000 Picture Place
Jackson, MI 49201
United States

PMA is the trade association of photo/imaging retailers and processors worldwide. Its main goal is to help its members expand their consumer, commercial and industrial markets and increase their profitability. As a non-profit organization, any success enjoyed by PMA in its endeavors directly benefits the industry as it allows PMA to provide additional service and activities for members.


Professional Photographers of America
Contact: David Trust (CEO)
229 Peachtree Street, NE, Suite 2200
Atlanta, GA 30303
United States

Professional Trade Association representing professional photographers of all disciplines. PPA provides Education, Copyright protection, Insurance, Errors and Omissions protection, Credentials, Competition, and Networking. PPA serves over 14,000 professional image makers of all specialties, primarily in the United States, but has membership in 54 countries.


Professional Photographers of Israel
Contact: Avi Kalian (President)
74A Matalon Street
Tel Aviv, 6857

Professional Photographers of Israel is the only professional association for Working professionals in Israel. As such it is open for membership of all the photographers, regardless of their field of expertise.


Picture Research Association
Contact: c/o Scala
1 Willow Court
London, England EC2A 4QB
United Kingdom

The PRA is an organisation of picture researchers/photobuyers and other professionals in the imaging industry. We hold meetings, social events, have a bulletin and a magazine and offer the services of highly experienced picture researchers though our freelance register.


Photographic Society of America

3000 United Founder Blvd., Suite 103
Oklahoma City, OK 73112
United States


    Stock Artists Alliance

    Founded in 2001, StockArtistsAlliance is a global not-for-profit trade association of photographers who produce images for rights-protected license. The mission of SAA is to protect and promote the business interests of its members with regard to the worldwide distribution of their intellectual property.


    South African Association of Picture Libraries and Agencies


      Associazione Nazionale Fotografi Professionisti Tau Visual
      Contact: Roberto Tomesani (President)
      Via Manara, 7
      Milano, I-20122

      The newest association for professional photographers in Italy representing more than 1200 members and indirectly take care of another 6,000 photographers for their legal and contractual problems. Distribute free publications and information nationwide relative to all legal aspects of professional photography, along with technical assistance, draft contracts for photographic businesses, and current market prices upon request.


      World Council of Professional Photographers
      Contact: Abe Orlick (Director of Public Relations)

      The World Council of Professional Photographers is an international organization incorporated in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. It serves as a forum for global communication for national associations of professional photographers. It has not been formed to replace any group or association. Its function is to unify all the associations needs, regardless of race, nationality or religion. The general goal of the World Council is to spread knowledge between associations and professional photographers.


      White House News Photographers' Association
      Contact: Susan Walsh (President)
      7119 Ben Franklin Station
      Washington, DC 20044-7119
      United States

      Newspaper and news magazine readers and television viewers all over the world rely on our members for interesting, accurate, and responsible coverage of the President, Congress, and major news events in Washington, D.C. and elsewhere around the world.


      Wedding & Portrait Photographers International
      Contact: Steve Sheanin (President)
      1312 Lincoln Boulevard
      Santa Monica, CA 90401
      United States

      Wedding & Portrait Photographers International was established in 1973 in response to industry-wide demands for an organization devoted solely to the special interests of wedding and portrait photographers. WPPI offers special benefits to these photographers including discounted insurance packages, WPPI Monthly--the association's monthly newsletter, print and album competitions throughout the year, and discounted rates on WPPI's Annual Convention and Trade Show.

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