Benefits

Quarterly Views Newsletter

Keeps members up-to-date with what’s happening in the aerial photography industry. It Includes interesting technical data and classified ads. Many of the articles are contributed by our members who have developed a particular specialty that the rest of the association may learn from.

Annual International Conference

The camaraderie generated from this one event alone is worth the membership in photodu! This yearly meeting of the minds of photodu members brings together aerial photographers from around the world to discuss issues that impact our profession. During this event members enjoy discussion groups covering topics that range from marketing and money making, equipment reviews, copyright infringement, safety concerns, practical business practices and technical expertise! The image competition provides a showcase for outstanding and creative work. The conference is held in either February or March in different locations and venues around the UAE.

photodu Chat

photodu’s email discussion list run by photodu exclusively for its members is organized and managed by photodu members. The purpose of this list is for photodu members to discuss anything and everything related to the business of aerial photography. There are tentative plans to expand the abilities of this on-line tool to a forum type system that will allow better search and archive capabilities.

Image Competition

One of the most eagerly awaited and planned for sessions at the annual conference is the very popular image competition. All year, members watch for their own extraordinary shots to bring to the competition. A panel of judges assesses the images using accepted grading criteria including title, impact, composition, and technical expertise awarding the images a variety of points. The award winning images each year can be viewed on our Gallery page.

Regional Conferences

The popularity of the annual conference has generated three additional events with the purpose of having ongoing educational opportunities that could reach more members by being held closer to more members’ homes and businesses. These workshops are held across the country drawing members to their choice of three locations across the contiguous UAE with meetings planned on Dubai, and on the East Coast. Smaller by design, Regional meetings can touch on more location sensitive issues such as flight restrictions and can even include pre-planned photo flights. These meetings turn competitors into colleagues. They are held in the fall in the above listed areas plus an International destination if conditions permit. Members can go to any or all of these conferences. These events are usually hosted by the Director of that Region and are always fun and interesting because each host tries to out-do the others with tours, parties, Bar-B-Q’s, dinner boats, and aviation museums.

International Conferences

photodu also plan to hosts events outside the UAE.

photodu Website

photodu’s current information in all areas can be found here. There is a public side that makes available information about photodu, its Board of Directors, benefits, corporate partners, and membership applications in pdf format. It also describes past and upcoming events, awards earned by our members and much more. Potential clients can also search the photodu database for a photographer by name or geographic area.  There is a members’ only side that contains announcements, pictures and articles about recent events, rules and details for the image competition, and many more member services.

Product Reviews / Technical Advice

As a large group of professionals, we have collectively “seen it all” and “done it all” in photodu photography! Get the advantage of friends with experience – help is only a phone call away! Our website also features photodu photography equipment that has been recommended by our members.

Certification and Master Award

In the plan list to have Our unique Certification Program which will greatly enhances your professional standing. The core certification will be  established which includes classes and testing on aircraft safety, aviation regulations that relate to photodu photographers, and advanced photography for the professional photodu photographer.

photodu members are encouraged to earn points toward the photodu Master Photographer Award. Through association involvement such as presenting clinics or classes, and successfully entering and competing in the photodu Print Competition, members earn this highly regarded distinction.

photodu Shoot on the Members’ Network

Participating photodu members expand their coverage area by helping out with shooting assignments in their own geographic region. Imagine being able to offer international photo coverage to your clients!