Celebrating the best in established and emerging talent

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Student Awards

Whatever your vocation, passion, course or age, we invite you to inspire us with your photography.



From portraiture to street photography, photojournalism and beyond. An opportunity to make visual comments about the human race and its ways.
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Not just landscapes and architecture, this category provides unlimited opportunities.
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Think gutters, flowers, explosions, cats, dogs, bats and monkeys!
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The Economist’s 1843 magazine mentorship programme​

The Economist’s 1843 magazine, sister publication to The Economist, has launched a mentorship programme for black photographers to help create a pipeline for black talent. 1843 magazine publishes long reads and narrative journalism, and emphasises visual storytelling in all its pieces.

Enter the Leica Open Project

Leica, the legendary German maker of photographic devices whose roots go back in time of more than 150 years, is celebrating the commitment of photographers who bear witness to the world through our project THE WORLD DESERVES WITNESSES.

Other Awards

Brought to you from the ‘Oscars’ of the photography world, the AOP Photography Awards to a celebration of our students through the AOP Student Awards to our new programme of new creative projects, we have a programme of opportunity whatever your level or interest.

Photography Awards

Photography Awards

Celebrating excellence in creative image-making .
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Celebrating the Icons of the image-making world.
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See the winners of last year’s AOP Awards

Student Awards Curators

Portrait of Othello De'Souza-Hartley

Othello De'Souza-Hartley

Photographer: People

Othello De’Souza-Hartley is a mixed media artist. His artistic mediums include photography, film, performance, sound, drawing and painting.

He received an MA in Fine Art from Camberwell College of Art and previously studied photography at Central St Martins. De’Souza-Hartley’s work explores identity, emotions, masculinity, gender, and the changing perception of the body.

In 2019 he was nominated for Peer to Peer, a group show of 14 artists, selected by 14 curators and collectors from across the UK and China, for his Masculinity Project. He is also the recipient of numerous commissions from a range of institutions including, the Museum of Liverpool, National Portrait Gallery, The National Trust, The Photographers’ Gallery, Camden Arts Centre, and Platform for Art.

He has had solo shows at Offshoot Gallery, Koppel Project Exchange, Sulger-Buell Galley Campo XXV Aprile (Rome Art Week), The Museum of Liverpool, Camden Arts Centre, and The Underground Gallery and featured in group shows at the Sulger- Buell Gallery, Gasworks Gallery and the APT gallery London.

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Richard Seymour

Photographer & AOP Board Member : Places

After a brief flirtation with a military flying career, Richard moved in a radically different direction and instead attended University of Westminster in London to study professional photography. 

He claims a module on Kubrick’s 2001 A Space Odyssey changed his entire perspective.

Richard now specialises in capturing the forces of technology in our ever-changing world.

Shooting stills and motion worldwide for aerospace, automotive and tech clients.

He has worked closely with Leica Camera for the past decade and his short film on the manufacturing of the Leica M10 went viral with over 500,000 views.

Richard enjoys mentoring the next generation of image creators.

He has been a finalist in the AOP Awards in 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2019, winning Best in Category in 2012 and 2015. He was also a judge of the AOP Open Awards in 2013

Portrait of Kay Edwards on a red background.

Kay Edwards

Senior Producer, at Trayler Agency: Things

Kay Edwards has enjoyed much success in her roles as Head of Photography, Picture Editor, Art Buyer, Producer and is now happily homed with At Trayler & RARE as their Head of Production. Here she uses this wealth of experience to help guide and manage productions for their 20 photographers across both Food and Lifestyle.

After graduating with a BA Honours in Media Arts, specialising in Photographer and Editing, Kay honed her craft within the BBC creative pictures team for 10 years. Working across all the brands, channels and programming to create iconic imagery for some of the UK’s favourites: Gavin and Stacey, Panorama, Strictly Come Dancing and Top Gear.

Since 2012, Kay has been a photographic consultant/art buyer and producer within the corporate and advertising industry, working with some of the biggest brands in the world. Forging close relationships with Getty and AP on campaigns that have seen her travel around the globe to work with some of the best photographers in the world.

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Black Culture in Britain: Canary Wharf Arts+ Events

To celebrate this year’s Black History Month in October, Canary Wharf Arts + Events and the AOP are holding a special month-long exhibition at the Crossrail Place Roof Garden in Canary Wharf. We will be celebrating black culture both through images and the stories of the photographers who have taken them.