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A regular programme of gatherings for photographers from around the world to engage in debate, participate in seminars and Workshops as well as enjoy images from around the globe and enjoy the social side of aviation.

  • Seminar #3

    The COAP Lounge is THE place to kick back, relax, unwind and talk aviation photography geekery to your heart’s content! Of course, in amongst all that enjoying ourselves and eating and drinking too much, there’s the ‘serious business’ of the world famous COAP Lounge Challenges, and in a brilliant addition to the weekend, you can even undertake your own back-seat air-to-air photo flight with the pros!
    A brilliant way to take your photography to the next level.

    Life is busy enough, right? The COAP Lounge is a place to kick back, relax, unwind and talk aviation photography geekery to your heart’s content!

    Of course, in amongst all that enjoying ourselves and eating and drinking too much, there’s the ‘serious business’ of the world famous COAP Lounge Challenges, with FIVE Challenges to showcase your talents to set theme. There’s also the chance to debate current topics from within the wonderful world of aviation photography. (PS. This is the first edition of the Euro Lounge and no mention of Brexit is allowed..!)
    But what’s more is that we’ve got some AMAZING upgrade options - this is your chance to go air-to-air in a back seat ride with the pros!
    Bring it on!


    10.00hrs: Lazy Lounge Coffee & Welcome
    10.10hrs: Lounge Kick Back & Cake Debate No1: Biggest ‘Wins’ & hardest ‘Struggles’ of 2017.
    10.30hrs: Live Lounge Challenge No1 (Black & White).
    11.30hrs: Comfort break.
    11.45hrs: Lounge Kick Back & Cake Debate No2: Digital Deconstruction.
    12.30hrs: Working Lunch (bar menu): Live Lounge Challenge No2 (Edit This).
    13.30hrs: Live Lounge Challenge No3 (Playing With Light).
    14.30hrs: Lounge Kick Back & Cake Debate No3: Shooting for Likes.
    1500hrs: Comfort break.
    15.10hrs: Live Lounge Challenge No4 (Action 2017).
    16.00hrs: Live Lounge Challenge No5 (Blast From The Past).
    17.00hrs: Lounge Kick Back & Cake Debate No3: Rich Cooper Presentation: It’s All About Passion.
    1800hrs: Debrief in the bar!
    19.00hrs: Dinner at the hotel restaurant (own expense).

    Why not upgrade your whole experience?

    We have a special room rate at the Hotel Emmeloord that you can enjoy, and you can stay either the Friday 13th night, or the Saturday 14th night - or both nights.

    PLUS! We have a super day lined up on Sunday 15th, with an exciting Back-Seat Air-to-Air Photography School with Air Combat Europe at Lelystad.

    The pilots of the beautiful Black Shape Prime are all highly experienced F-16 crews that will allow you to devise your own sortie and execute as per your instructions - your very own back-seat ride - for some incredible photography.
    What’s more you will be tutored by Frank Crebas, a world-class fast jet air-to-air photographer and COAP’s Rich Cooper, both with countless hours of air-to-air work over the last 20 years. They will guide you in turning your vision in the reality, before assisting you with the briefing set up and overseeing the process as you plan, brief and execute your sortie in the best environment ever created to undertake this dynamic photography experience.
    For more details of these flights, see here:

    The COAP Euro Lounge is available for booking and seats are limited to a maximum 20 photographers so be quick! The back-seat photo flights are only open to 12 people so be VERY quick!

    In order to book your place, please e-mail.
    Please indicate which package option you require & your room request.
    Places allocated on a first come, first served basis. You will be informed of your place and the Challenge instructions will follow shortly.
    Payment for the Euro Lounge (€30) will be collected on the day in cash.
    Payment for the hotel rooms will be advised once confirmed.
    Payment for the air-to-airs will be made directly to ACE on the day (credit card etc)

    OPTION 1: €30
    Lounge only, payable in cash on the day
    OPTION 2: €86
    Lounge, with 1x night accommodation (twin room). Add €42.50 for single room.
    OPTION 3: €142
    Lounge only, with 2x night accommodation (twin room)
    Add €85 for single room.
    ADD AIR-TO-AIR FLIGHTS & WORKSHOP: €395 for 45mins or €485 for 60mins.


    Joining & Booking

    1) SIGN UP:
    Click any of the big green buttons to create an account to sign up for free.
    2) WATCH YOUR INBOX: Once this is ready to book we will contact you directly.
    3) BOOK: Login to the site and this page will become live for bookings. All you need to do is click the red button and fill in the booking form (and remember to pack your camera!)

    Questions about the Operations of the Event? E-mail Rich on or call direct on +44 (0)7768 816029

    THE SMALL PRINT: All dates are preliminary until confirmed and ready for booking. All events are subject to change (especially the Assignments, as they are conducted with operational squadrons) and are subject to security, operational, technical or weather issues. As such, COAP, Service Providers and the respective militaries are not responsible for cancellation at any stage, bad weather or non-flying activity. Safety and Insurance is your own responsibility and risk. Safety and insurance is your own responsibility and risk. Please note that some Assignments can be very, very physically demanding, in extreme weather, for extended periods of time, with intense , fast-moving activity and any bookings are accepted on that basis. If you have any questions about the physical undertaking, please get in contact.

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