The best images from the next generation of professional photographers are being sought by organisers of the AOP Assistant Awards 2009 which has opened for online entries.

The contest is open to Assistant Members of the Association of Photographers (AOP).

There are seven categories: Portrait, Life, Landscape, Interiors & Architecture, Fashion, Still Life and Project.

Selected images will go on show at the AOP Gallery in London from 6-16 October.

Entries can be submitted to where there are more details of the competition.

The closing date is 19 July.