OPS Associateship applications are assessed with reference to a number of different criteria, primarily the photographer's stated objectives, technical competence, presentation, artistic contribution and content, originality and imagination, communication and cohesion. Successful applications must score the relevant pass mark in each of the sections below and also achieve an overall passmark. The overall pass mark is greater than the sum of the minimum pass marks for individual images and sections.

The following criteria are used for all Associateship applications. More specific criteria and requirements may be included in the relevant category description.

Statement of Objectives

Technical Competence


Artistic Contribution and Content

Originality and Imagination