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The AOP Awards are without doubt one of the most prestigious competitions in commercial professional photography. They are a collection of inspiring, beautiful and breath-taking images from some of the very best established and emerging photographers in the world. Now in its 37th year, the AOP Photography Awards are highly regarded by commissioners, art buyers and photographers alike.
Across 9 Awards categories, Gold & Silver ‘winners’ were selected independently by an esteemed panel of judges, and whose imagery, along with selected finalists, will go on display at our AOP Showcase event. In addition, Discovery Awards will be given to any of our Assisting Photographer members who are selected as finalists.
Also, at the event each attendee (AOP finalists, art buyers, commissioners, AOP members, and others in the creative sector) will receive an exclusive copy of the 37th Awards book.
The Association of Photographers (AOP) exists to promote, protect, and inspire, championing and campaigning tirelessly on issues of copyright, best practice, and quality. Our members include photographers, photographic assistants, students, affiliated colleges, affiliated businesses, photography agents, and those working in support services for the creative industries.
AOP Photography Awards categories, judges and sponsors:
LIFESTYLE – 9 Finalists
Judge: Fiona Hayes, Art Director (incl. Conde Nast), Design Consultant & Lecturer
Fictional and staged photography reflecting lifestyle scenarios, that illustrate or promote brands, corporations, products, and ideas.
DOCUMENTARY – 12 Finalists
Judge: Giles Duley, Photographer & Legacy of War CEO
Sponsors: Currency UK
Factual and observational photography documenting real-life that informs or promotes ideals. Including photojournalism and reportage photography.
PORTRAIT – 22 Finalists
Judge: Andy Greenacre, Director of Photography at The Telegraph
Sponsors: Williamson Carson
Photography where the subject, human or animal, is the primary focus of the image.
ENVIRONMENT – 7 Finalists
Judge: Daphne Christelis, Head of Photography at Greenpeace
Sponsors: Leica Camera
Photography where the overall situation or location is the primary focus of the image.
Includes interiors photography, and urban and natural landscape photography.
FOOD + DRINK – 14 Finalists
Judge: Sam Beddoes, Head of TV | Executive Producer, Jamie Oliver TV Productions
Sponsors: Holborn Studios
Photography where food or drink is the primary focus of the image.
FASHION + BEAUTY – 10 Finalists
Judge: Koto Bolofo, Photographer & Director
Sponsors: MOT Models
Photography that illustrates or promotes clothing or beauty products, reflecting current trends in the fashion & beauty industries, with respect to sustainability and the environment.
SPORT – 14 Finalists
Judge: Andy Walker, VP Creative Director of Nike EMEA Brand Creative
Photography where sport or fitness activity is the primary focus of the image.
This can include animals, sports fans, and venues.
STILL LIFE + OBJECT – 14 Finalists
Judge: Victoria Gaiger, Founder & Creative Director of Rakes Progress
Photography where still life or objects are the primary focus of the image. This can be any type of object in any place.
PROJECT – 7 Finalists
Judges: Jenny Ricketts, Trustee, Martin Parr Foundation and Isabelle Von Ribbentrop, Executive Director, Prix Pictet
Sponsors: Genesis Imaging
A long-term photographic project on a singular subject that portrays a narrative, illustrated in a series of 10-20 images.
Winners will be announced at the AOP live showcase event from 7:45pm.
The AOP Photography Awards are known as the ‘Oscars’ of the photography world. They celebrate excellence in the creative photography and image-making industry. This year’s Awards will open in October 2021 and close in January 2022. This is your chance to be seen by leading commissioners and names within the photographic industry.