Australian Commercial and Media Photographers (ACMP), established in 1991, acts as a united voice for Australian professional working photographers.
The ACMP is committed to the development and promotion of professional photography. It provides members with an understanding of the more complex issues of professional photography such as copyright re-usage, contracts, sales tax, legal protection, digital imaging. insurance, standard terms and conditions through seminars and publications like the Better Business Bible
The ACMP has a membership of approximately 400 who enjoy extensive member benefits. Together with the Australian Institute of Professional Photographers (AIPP) it represents around 2000 photographers in Australia.
The ACMP aims to safeguard and promote the interests of photographers by:
- Promoting high professional standards and ethics in photography
- Promoting co-operation and understanding between photographers and their clients
- Establishing photographers' rights and setting precedents in areas such as copyright and finance
- Encouraging development and discussion of all aspects of the business and art of photography
- Influencing photographic education, and training procedures
- Lobbies Government on the industry issues of sales tax for photographers as well as to modify section 35(5) of the Copyright Act 1968.
- Has had significant input into the formation of Vl$COPY, an initiative of the Federal Government to establish a copyright agency for visual artists.
- Conducts regular negotiation workshops in each state to educate members on work and business practices, copyright development, sales tax, information nights on the Internet, digital technology and much more.
- Releases suggested Work Agreements with terms of trade for use by members to establish guidelines for clients commissioning their services.
- Established the Fuji ACMP Australian Photographers' Collection to showcase and promote the talent of Australian professional photographers.
- Each of the 10 collections will be preserved and have been acknowledged as Australia's premier photographic collection, and has become a national treasure encompassing commissioned and non-commissioned works. Over one hundred and fifty images were selected to tour nationally. A lavish book visually documents each collection and serves as an invaluable reference to Australia's premier photographs.