AOP Photography Awards - Judges 2024

The 39th AOP Photography Awards are open to all AOP Accredited Photographer and Assisting Photographer members.

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Meet Our Judges

Bringing together a wealth of talent,  creativity, expertise and industry perspective – we are delighted to introduce you to our pool of Judges for the 38th AOP Photography Awards. 

Judges are selected for their exceptional experience, insights and their specific relevance to each category.

Category Judges

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DOCUMENTARY

Factual / observational photography documenting real-life that informs or promotes ideals. Includes photojournalism and reportage photography.

Olivia Arthur

Photographer, Magnum Photos

Olivia Arthur is known for her in-depth photography examining people and their personal and cultural identities. Much of her work has illuminated the daily lives of women living in countries as varied as Saudi Arabia, India and across Europe. A more recent focus on large format portraiture has brought her work back to the UK. “For me, part of the power of still photography is the ambiguousness of pictures, the ability to give a hint about a scene or event without being too absolute,” says Arthur of her work.

Arthur was born in London and grew up in the UK. She studied mathematics at Oxford University and photojournalism at the London College of Printing. She began working as a photographer in 2003 after moving to Delhi and was based in India for two and a half years. In 2006, she left for Italy to take up a one-year residency with Fabrica, during which she began working on a series about women and cultural divides. Representation and the way we see ourselves are also areas of interest for Arthur. She explored these themes in her project In Private/Mumbai (2016-2018) about sexuality in India and through her ‘Portrait of a City’ commission about young people for Hull, City of Culture (2017).

Arthur’s work has been shown in publications including The New Yorker, Vogue and TIME magazine among others and selected commercial clients include British Airways, Capeb and BNP Paribas. She has received support from the Inge Morath Award, the National Media Museum, OjodePez-PhotoEspana Award for Human Values.

In 2010, she co-founded Fishbar, a publisher and space for photography in London, with Philipp Ebeling. Arthur continues to return to India and to work in London where she lives.

Arthur became a full member of Magnum Photos in 2013.

Laura Summerton

Photography Manager, Water Aid

Laura Summerton leads the Photography Department at the international charity WaterAid. She commissions photographers to document and create visual stories ofpeople living without access to water and sanitation or the positive impact that access to these basics can bring, in order to engage supporters with the water crisis and the work of the organisation.

Some of her creative commissions include working with Laura el Tantawy to share the stories of women in Malawi giving birth without clean water, Mario Macilau as part of his on-going work on climate change in Mozambique, and Dafe Oboro, Poulomi Basu and Cristina de Middel as a part of a multi-artist commission during lockdown focusing on the human right to water and sanitation.

Previously, she was the UK Sales Manager at Bridgeman Images and has been on the boards of Photoworks and BAPLA.

Krishna Sheth

Head of Photography – The Economist 1843 Magazine

Krishna Sheth has recently joined 1843 Magazine at The Economist as the Head of Photography.  She has been an art buyer and Director of Photography commissioning for print and web content for a variety of clients, Saatchi & Saatchi, Monocle, The Financial Times, Telegraph Media Group, Airbnb, Bookings.com and Aston Martin as well as book publishers and individual luxury clients.

Krishna has more than 23 years’ experience of commissioning photography and photo research; She was Deputy Photography Director at the Telegraph Magazine for 17 years and a key player in building the visual profile of the magazine.
 
Krishna specialises in editorial and contract publishing, dealing directly with newspapers, magazines and commercial clients. 
 
She was also a tutor on the MA Photography online for Falmouth University and lectures at various universities. She has been Chair Judge for pre-selection for all Sony World Photography Awards. Krishna also reviews portfolios and book dummies and is passionate in raising awareness for emerging talent in the industry. 
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ENVIRONMENT

Photography where the overall situation or location is the primary focus of the image. Includes urban, outdoors, environmental and natural landscape photography.

Alan McFetridge

Artist & Photographer

Alan McFetridge, is a Pakeha from Aotearoa/New Zealand exploring his agricultural heritage to explore Landscape Fire. 

Following this subject, McFetridge’s work received a new impetus thanks to a significant Environmental Bursary granted by the Royal Photographic Society.
His awareness of the severity of the Global Fire Crisis was reinforced when he documented the aftermath of the catastrophic Fort McMurray wildfire in Alberta Canada in 2016. Anthropogenic Fire in Australia between 2018 and 2020, then in Greece and the U.K. from 2020 – 2023.  He explored the trauma of mass evacuation and the accompanying sudden upheaval in his book “On The Line” (2019), which has been nominated for the distinguished Prix Pictet prize five times. 
 
Together, they study the context of open flames and their role in the Earth System and human cultural heritage as a unique transformational force.

McFetridge’s photographic series, “Songs of the Dead,” was published in Sophia Journal’s Volume 7, Issue 1, titled “Landscapes of Care: the Emergence of Landscapes of Care in Extreme Territories.” His artistic interpretations of landscape fire were brought into an academic, peer-reviewed platform.

Alan McFetridge’s work significantly contributes to the discourse on Landscape Fire, and his message is clear: “We must relearn how to live with fire.”.

David Gray

Content Director at Finisterre

David Gray, Content Director at Finisterre, embodies a humble yet remarkable journey from surf start-up to leading outdoor brand – inspiring a love of the sea, the need to protect it and the sustainable product that enables the adventure. With a focus on authenticity and genuine connection, Gray has brought his vision to life through captivating campaign narratives and visual storytelling that resonate with audiences worldwide.  

Beyond his role at Finisterre, Gray is also a dedicated photographer, finding beauty in the everyday and sharing it through self-published books and zines. His work reflects a deep appreciation for simplicity and sincerity, inviting viewers to pause and reflect on the world around them.

Chrissy Levett

Co Founder & CEO Creative Conscience

Chrissy Levett – Positive Creative Activist. UK based Designer and Creative Director, who studied at the Royal College of Art in London. She’s won a number of creative industry awards, is a TEDx speaker believing creative thinking is vital for us to solve the world’s greatest challenges. Now Founder & CEO for Creative Conscience a global movement set up to empower, reward, train and support creative thinkers to use their talents for social & environmental impact. Chrissy has an Honorary Doctorate in Design and is passionate about behaviour change and creativity as a force for good.

 

Creative Conscience
www.creative-conscience.org.uk

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FASHION & BEAUTY

Photography that illustrates or promotes clothing or beauty products.

Kaj Jeffries

Kaj Jefferies

Director & Photographer

An experienced female director and photographer, Kaj is a storyteller. Landing somewhere between fashion and documentary her work has an honest but playful feel, bringing out the subjects personalities within her imagery. Typically drawn to non traditional stories and faces, Kaj has an authentic, raw and intimate way of capturing her subjects. Kaj’s work is distinctive due to her use of vibrant colour, texture and use of traditional analogue processes and practices. Her imagery captures intimate compositions and expressions in unique environments.

Working with high profile clients and household names, she strikes a connection with her subject and captures the perfect balance of personality and product. Kaj’s extensive works span fashion films, editorial content and branded pieces for clients such as Amazon, Google, Nowness, Nike, StellaMcCartney, Sony, Universal Music, WeTransfer & Vogue to name a few.

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Jamie Spence

Visuals Director | BRITISH VOGUE

Jamie Spence is the Visuals Director of British Vogue at Conde Nast.  He has worked with some of the biggest photographers and stylists across the globe producing stories that have run across Vogue’s global platforms.

Safia Minney MBE FRSA

British social entrepreneur and author, former Global CEO and founder of People Tree

An award winning, international social entrepreneur, speaker and advisor, Safia has 20 years+ experience as a Global CEO of the company she founded, People Tree, developing the first sustainable and Fair Trade supply chains and standards with advisory roles with industry bodies. Safia is seen as a thought leader in sustainable fashion and influencer in Sustainability and Modern Slavery. Extensive experience in Japan, Asia and Europe. Speaks Japanese and has authored many books and documentaries and films on Fair Trade and sustainability in English and Japanese. Safia received an MBE for services to Fair Trade and Fashion industries.

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FOOD AND DRINK

Photography where food or drink is the primary focus of the image. 

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Julie Fisher

Ruby Violet, Founder & Ice cream Innovator (& Former AOP Photographer)

I started my working life as a Medical Photographer in Nottingham, coming down to London in the late 1970’s.
Following a couple of years working as an assistant for the exotic and eccentric photographers of that time, I set up as a still life photographer using a 5X4 Sinar in a warehouse space in Smithfield.

Then followed a few years as a food photographer from a studio in Shoreditch and by the late 1980’s more excitingly shooting food on location with all the freedom that 35mm had to offer.
I was a member of the AOP for around 30 years entering the awards and being involved in the education and gallery committees.

By the early 2000’s I was doing more advertising photography, mostly lifestyle and nearly all on location. With the advent of digital photography I tired of staring at a computer screen, had a career change and started making ice cream.
Now days most of the photography I do is of ice cream for my company Ruby Violet, we make lip smacking small batch ice cream from scratch using organic milk and fresh fruit. I’d like to say it’s less stressful but it isn’t!

I was a judge once before for the 9th awards, it’s good to be back for the 39th awards!

Ginny Rolfe

Head Food Stylist, Jamie Oliver Limited

Ginny has been Jamie Oliver’s right-hand woman in food since The Naked Chef in 1999, making sure his dishes look good enough to eat in photographs and TV. 

After graduating from Sheffield with a Higher National Diploma in Home Economics, she worked with big food brands on their advertising campaigns, styling food for packaging, commercials and billboards. 

She then made the leap into TV, working with legendary TV producer Pat Llewellyn, first on BBC series Two Fat Ladies and then The Naked Chef. This is where she met Jamie – and the rest, as they say, is history.

Heading up his Food Team over the last 25 years, whether Jamie’s food is on TV, starring on socials, or featuring in photos, Ginny makes sure it looks delicious! Her team also supports him with writing and testing recipes, plus styling his books, TV sets and all photos with commercial partners. 

Ginny’s also become a favourite on Jamie’s social channels, with her videos on anything from cooking to tablescaping being some of our best performing posts.

She lives in London with her two children.

Rich Robinson

Head of Creative, M&S Food

Rich is has been an award-winning art director, photographer and conceptual thinker for 25 years in London’s best advertising agencies. After a decade apiece at BBH and Leo Burnett, and more concise stints at M&C Saatchi, Publicis and Grey, he then took an opportunity to go client side at M&S Food. His role as Head of Creative involves writing and art directing their TV ads, print, poster, paid social posts and influencing brand consistency across all their marketing channels.  His rather busy work life is balanced by the serenity of the East Suffolk coast. And the odd pint of Ghost Ship.

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LIFESTYLE

Fictional / staged photography reflecting lifestyle scenarios, that illustrate or promote brands, corporations, products, and ideas.

Julian Love We are The Loves Creative Director

Julian Love

Photographer

I love photography, and I love people. When I get to combine both I’m in my element, finding those little moments that tell a story in single beautiful frame.

My commissioned work has taken me all over the world, from the USA to Japan, China and across Europe shooting for global brands including Canon, Samsung, Unilever, McKinsey, GSK, Four Seasons, Hilton, Club Med and many, many more.

But my real love is in exploring our culture through long term personal projects.

In Handmade London I documented the artisan scene around the city as it flourished in response to the relentless rise of consumerism. The project went on to win a Gold award in Creative Review.

For The Europeans I shot 100 citizens of other EU countries who had made their lives in London after the Brexit vote. CreativePool recognised it with their Silver award for photography.

My latest series, Allotment Stories, explores how gardening and access to green spaces have become an essential support to people through times of hardship.

Matthew Beaman

Director of Photography, Monocle

Matthew Beaman is a photography director with comprehensive experience in producing and art-directing imagery to shape the visual language of market-leading global brands, including Monocle and Wallpaper*

Beaman leads the photography department at Monocle. He commissions photography for the print magazine – which covers a broad range of subjects, from global affairs to culture, design and fashion – and the wider brand, including books, commercial partnerships, retail and digital newsletters.

Before joining Monocle, Beaman headed up the photography department at Forward Worldwide, a WPP agency providing creative solutions for brands such as Patek Philippe and Amex. He cut his teeth as part of Wallpaper* magazine’s photography team, commissioning and producing images with photographers working at the forefront of architecture, fashion, still life and portraiture.

Jaki-Jo Hannan

Head of Print Production at Adam & Eve DDB

IPA ILIST 2020 INCLUSIVITY GAME-CHANGER. CANNES LIONS ‘SEE IT BE IT’ 2017 FUTURE FEMALE CREATIVE LEADER.
EQUAL LENS FOUNDER.
INTEGRATED PRODUCER.
SENIOR CREATIVE PRODUCER.

Jaki Jo, won a D&AD New Blood Yellow Pencil in 2008 for illustration which launched her into the industry. She started her career at AMV BBDO and after gaining close to a decade of experience, made the move to Campaigns ‘Advertising Agency of the Decade’, adam&eveDDB. Throughout her career, she has been recognised as ‘one to watch’; she’s been featured in Design Week as a ‘Rising Star’ and Creative Review’s ‘Emerging Talent Portfolio’. Jaki’s passion for the industry lead her to be named one of 2017’s Cannes Lions See It Be It, ‘Future Female Leaders’. In 2019, she launched ‘Equal Lens’, an initiative to create new and equal opportunities for women and non-binary photographers in advertising. Her work in making our industry more diverse and inclusive was recognised in the 2020 IPA iList in collaboration with Unilever and Campaign Magazine. This list is a celebration of industry role models who are driving this change. The iList is a recognition of those who are truly promoting and championing inclusivity within the advertising industry.

Client List Includes: Arla, Aviva, Bacardi, Bank of Scotland, Birds Eye, Blackberry, Bombay Sapphire, Bounce, Braun, BT, Calm, Cancer Research, Camelot, Clarks, DFT, Doritos, Dolmio, East Coast Trains, Eristoff, Eurostar, EDF, Exxon, Famous Grouse, Fashion Targets Breast Cancer, FedEx, GE, Guinness, Haig Club, Highways England, Heinz, IPA, John Lewis, Lloyds Bank, Pepsi, Pizza Hut, PlayStation, Radox, Royal Mail, Mars, Martini, Max Factor, Mercedes, NABs, Nicorette, Sainsbury’s, Sainsbury’s TU, Starbucks, SCA, Tower Hamlets, Virgin Atlantic, Virgin Media, VW, Waitrose & Partners, Walkers & Whiskas. 

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PORTRAIT

Photography where the subject, human or animal, is the primary focus of the image.

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Emma Hardy

Photographer

Emma Hardy is a British photographer, living in London.[1] Her first book, Permissions (2022), is a document of motherhood and childhood.[2][3] Hardy’s work is held in the collections of the National Portrait Gallery, London and National Galleries of Scotland.

Hardy initially trained as an actress, studying drama at Bristol University from 1981 to 1983. However, in 2000, after several years in the industry, Hardy began a photography course at Suffolk College. Although not completing the degree due to an injury, she has gone on to become a respected photographer, working for publications such as the New York Times, Vanity Fair and Vogue. Her output is predominantly portrait based and she has stated: “My aim is to move people and stir thought (fullness)… I work with natural or available light and I try not to impose myself on my subjects – rather allowing them to fall into the natural grace of things.”

Russ O'Connell

Picture Editor, The Sunday Times Magazine

Russ O’Connell is the Picture Editor of The Sunday Times Magazine in London. He has worked on some of the biggest consumer publications in the UK market as a Photographic Editor/Director and Producer. Collaborating with the biggest photographers in the world, both in the UK and abroad, he regularly commissions high-end portraiture of actors, musicians, politicians and artists.

Russ has judged numerous high profile photographic competitions, for the likes of the Sony World Photography Awards, BJP Portrait of Britain, The Royal Photographic Society awards , Amnesty International, Leica, Lensculture and many more.

Nella Souskova

Photography & Design | Thames & Hudson Ltd

Nella Soušková presently holds the position of Associate Editor for Photography and Design at Thames & Hudson in London, UK, a role she has occupied since 2021. During this tenure, she has overseen the development of several bestselling titles, including In the Black Fantastic, Magnum Magnum, An Atlas of Es Devlin, or William Klein: Yes.

 

Commencing her career at the Musée de l’Elysée in Lausanne, Switzerland (now Photo Elysée) and the Foundation for the Exhibition of Photography, she later assumed responsibilities within the Photography and Contemporary Art departments at Sotheby’s in Geneva, Switzerland. Her professional portfolio further encompasses the management and facilitation of sales for diverse private art collections across the UK, USA, Europe, and Asia.

 

In addition to her contributions to the field of photography, Nella spent many years serving as an external consultant to the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association in Brussels, Belgium. There she focused on projects developing human capital solutions for all levels of the automotive value chain. Moreover, she is actively engaged in a prominent jazz festival in Switzerland, underscoring her commitment to cultural enrichment and community involvement.

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SPACES

Photography where interior spaces, built exteriors and locations are the primary focus of the image.

James Merrell

Photographer

James began his career at Vogue and developed a practice anchored in the use of natural light.  He now creates interior and lifestyle stories for W Magazine, Elle Decoration and Vogue Living as well as commercial work for Anthropologie, Farrow & Ball, Kate Spade and Designers Guild amongst others. James works between London and New York.

Caroline Rowland

Founding Editor, 91 Magazine

Caroline started her career at Getty Images, before becoming Picture Editor on FT Weekend’s House & Home section for five years. In 2013 she left to write her first book, The Shopkeeper’s Home, and follow her dream of publishing an independent interiors magazine. With a focus on beautiful photography, Caroline wanted to showcase attainable interiors while also supporting small, independent makers, designers and brands. 91 Magazine started out online, before going into print in 2016. It now publishes biannually and is stocked in over 150 stores across the UK and internationally. In 2023, Caroline self-published PLACES to Shop: independent lifestyle stores across the UK – the first in a series of books called PLACES, with book two publishing in 2024. Caroline has been shortlisted for Editor of the Year (Homes & interiors) twice in the British Society of Magazine Editors awards. 
 
www.91magazine.co.uk / @91magazine

Fiona Naylor

Co Founder: Johnson Naylor | Interior Architecture & Design

Fiona Naylor is a founding partner at Johnson Naylor and is responsible for some of the most innovative residential developments in the UK.

Fiona has over 30 years of experience in creating thousands of homes; projects include Kings Cross Central, Fitzroy Place, Bow Green, 1 and 30 Casson Square and Barts Square.

Johnson Naylor is an interior architecture and design practice based in Clerkenwell, London. Founded in 1990 by Brian Johnson and Fiona Naylor, they have developed a reputation for delivering inventive, contextual and elegant design. Working from first principles, their approach is collaborative, rational and open.

They employ over 25 professional design staff from a range of disciplines – Architects, Interior Designers and Furniture Designers.

They are specialists at deciphering complicated projects, space plans and schemes that need to be re-interpreted or remodelled, applying intelligence and sensitivity to create enduring interiors that respond to their unique context and surroundings. Their designs are layered and maintain an inherent level of quality in every detail.

Fiona is Chair of the Peter Marlow Foundation and an independent board member at Magnum Photos.

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SPORT

Photography where sport or fitness activity is the primary focus of the image, includes sports fans and venues.

Henrik Sørensen

Photographer

Danish born Henrik Sørensen is a photographer and filmmaker, whos has worked with almost every aspect of photography.
Henrik´s repertoire in his early career included documentary photography, portraits and ethnographic photographs from around the world.
Later he embarked on creating more personal work and artistic projects, and today, Henrik is considered one of the most successful and innovative content creators in the industry, shooting regularly for clients all over the world.
Sports, movement, humans sculptures and underwater work has become his main field of work, always trying to move his professional limits to achieve the very best in every frame.

www.henriksorensen.dk 

Helen Stergios

Design Director, Nike

Helen Stergios is design director specialising in the fields of brand experience and art direction.

Her work is grounded in an understanding of current visual culture and elevated by digital craft.

Originally from the London, she started out on her creative path as a graphic designer in the capital working at agencies for a wide range of clients including Getty Images, British Airways, Unilever, Magnum, Eyestorm, Uniqlo, Nike etc.

With a preference for exploring design off the page and a short return to education she began working on web based projects and collaborating on architectural briefs.

Fast forward to now, she currently splits her time between Amsterdam and Paris as part of the Brand Creative team at Nike’s European HQ. Working with leading photographers, image makers, musicians, researchers, writers and more to test and create storytelling around the brand’s latest innovations.

Leon Yearwood

Picture Editor, Sky Sports

Leon Yearwood is Picture Editor at Sky Sports, one of Europe’s leading sports broadcasters and digital publishers. Responsible for managing the output of visual content across Sky Sports digital platforms, Leon plays a key role in ensuring the very best use of engaging, dynamic imagery to tell compelling stories and elevate Sky’s editorial.

 A jury member for several national and international photography awards, he most recently joined the admissions panel for the 2023-2025 edition of the Canon Ambassador Programme.

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STILL LIFE AND OBJECT

Photography where still life or objects are the primary focus of the image. This can be any type of object in any place.

Kevin Mackintosh

Photographer

Photographer Kevin Mackintosh was born in South Africa but divides his time between London and Cape Town. Beginning his life as a photojournalist on newspapers in Johannesburg, he soon gravitated to fashion: “There was something about the controlled image that fascinated me.” Theatre and European cinema were also a huge interest, and the idea that a photograph could be controlled in a ‘frame’ fascinated him. Rather than follow a photojournalistic route where imagery is made up, pretty much in an instant, the crafting became the quintessence of the imagery. Sets, colour, casting and lighting all contribute to this vision and have become the signature of his work. While his work expresses a personal ‘universe’ that combines an interest in European cinema, theatre and art, there is something about the expansiveness of his native country’s landscape and its diverse cultures that has left indelible imprints. Notable too is how the ancient mysticism of Africa fuses seamlessly with his own legacy of European fables: his effortless grasp of surrealism with contemporary magical realism and his strangely unquiet magpie interiors of memories lost and found. They all form part of Kevin’s universe – a meeting of still life, fashion and theatre. These facets are evident, equally, in the sense of nostalgia for a glorious – real or imagined – mythology so evident in his collaborations with the Bolshoi, Royal Opera and Royal Ballet companies, shoo:ng film and stills. He has also completed a series on the New York Philharmonic and collaborated with Christies in their first worldwide advertising campaign. Portrait work has included a series on Dame Vivienne Westwood shot at the V &A in London, artist William Kentridge for Vogue Italia, ballet soloists Edward Watson, Marianela Núñez and Tamara Rojo, and actors Idris Elba, Keira Knightley and Riz Ahmed. Kevin showed the Bolshoi Series at the Obert Contemporary art gallery in Johannesburg and 34 on Long in Cape Town. Hero, a series he describes as styled and controlled portraits, is a project that was created over a period of five years in various locations across Africa. The series was exhibited in Cape Town at a successful six-month solo show at the Deepest Darkest Art Gallery and was also included in a group#$show at the Zeitz MOCAA celebrating African artists. Kevin also showed in Paris at the AKAA Art Fair at Le Carreau du Temple and the Secret Gallery, and at PAD in London recently. His work has been exhibited across the world, both in solo and group exhibitions, and published in numerous magazines, photographic journals and books. His work was acquired by the National Portrait Gallery in London for their permanent collection and is also featured in private collections worldwide. Kevin is a regular contributor in still life to Vogue Japan, Vogue China, Rakes Progress, Hole & Corner Magazine. He has photographed Campaigns for Chris:es, Creed Fragrances , De Beers etc My stll life work is always part of my photographic ‘ Universe “. 

Jaina Minton

Set Designer & Prop Stylist

Jaina Minton is a Set Designer, Props Stylist, and Paper Artist with two decades of experience in creative advertising and photography.  

Her background includes eight years as an Art Buyer for Iris Worldwide, commissioning and producing award-winning campaign photography for renowned brands.  

Now collaborating with creatives and photographers across the globe, Jaina runs her studio in Whitstable, designing, directing and creating sets for a diverse range of clients across stills and moving image platforms.  As an accomplished paper crafter, her handmade works have been commissioned by Tatler, Adidas, British Airways, The V&A Museum and Coventry Building Society, amongst others. 

Jon Clarke

Production Director, Lucky Generals

Jon Clarke has been involved within the advertising Industry for almost 30 years working within some of the most creatively driven agencies in London, New York and Sydney. He’s commissioned and produced photography, artists, typography, illustration, design, and animation on numerous award-winning pieces of work from still life, fashion, portraiture, automotive to food for brands across the globe.

Jon is driven by his passion for storytelling, always looking to uncover new talent, and fresh ideas, spending his time mentoring those who are new to the industry and working alongside those who are looking for their next commission.

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PROJECT

A long-term photographic project on a singular subject that portrays a narrative, illustrated in a series of 10-20 images, or short form film. Because of the long-form nature of the work, images for the Project category have no date limitation but must be a proven ongoing project. (Please note because of space limitations up to 8 images may be chosen to be included in the Awards Book and exhibition).

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MilesAldridge, © Peter Lindbergh

Miles Aldridge

Photographer

‘Miles sees a colour coordinated, graphically pure, hard-edged reality.’

– David Lynch

The work conflates historic and modern motifs and makes subtle reference to the art historical canon. The project Immaculée (2007) points to Catholic depictions of female saints in ecstasy, whilst

his portraits of Lily Cole (2005) and Maisie Williams (2017) draw inspiration from Northern Renaissance masters such as Albrecht Dürer and Hans Holbein. Pop Art tropes feature predominantly: Coca-Cola logos; 3-D (2010); A Family Portrait #14 (2011), soup cans and tomato ketchup bottles; A Drop of Red #2 (2001); First Impression (2006) all form a striking part of his visual lexicon.

His fascination with art history led Aldridge to undertake projects with several significant contemporary artists including Maurizio Cattelan, Gilbert & George and Harland Miller. For the project (after Cattelan) (2016), he was invited by Cattelan to respond to the Italian artist’s
exhibition, Not Afraid of Love, in the grand neoclassical rooms of the Monnaie de Paris. The resulting series of c-type photographs depicts statuesque nudes dominating Cattelan’s hyperreal sculptures in a series of absurdist tableaux. A second series, titled Love Always and Love All Ways (after Gilbert & George) (2016), was made with the British duo at their London townhouse. Drawing on the conventions of Victorian melodrama, Aldridge devised a series centred around the story of an enigmatic young visitor staying at the house for the weekend. In a further nod to Victoriana, the images were printed using the nineteenth-century photogravure process, whereby an etched copper plate produces highly detailed intaglio prints. The monotone prints were augmented with blocks of bold colour and hand-painted details to create a contemporary aesthetic.

His most recent collaboration was with Harland Miller, known for his paintings of imaginary book covers that were partly inspired by Alan Aldridge’s 1960s designs for Penguin paperbacks. In a satisfying symmetry, Aldridge transformed Miller’s paintings into real books, used as props in his photoshoot. The resulting screenprints evoke the grainy colour supplements of Aldridge’s youth and were published by Poligrafa, Barcelona’s renowned fine art publisher, who launched them at the 2017 edition of Art Basel Miami Beach. Poligrafa went on to publish the subsequent screenprint

series New Utopias, which they exhibited at the 2018 edition of Art Basel. Doors, Aldridge’s most recent series of screenprints to date, was unveiled by Poligrafa at the 2023 edition of The Armory Show, New York.

Aldridge’s major museum exhibitions include his current retrospective Virgin Mary. Supermarkets. Popcorn. Photographs 1999 – 2020 at Fotografiska, Stockholm, solo shows at The Lumiere Brothers

Photography Centre, Moscow (2019) and OCA, São Paulo (2015) and I Only Want You to Love Me at Somerset House, London (2013). In 2014, he was commissioned by Tate Britain to create a photographic installation in response to Mark Gertler’s painting Merry-Go-Round (1916). London’s National Portrait Gallery houses a large collection of Aldridge’s portraits and his work is held in prestigious museums and institutions around the world including the V&A and British Museum in

London, the Fondation Carmignac and the Palais Galliera in Paris, the Davis Museum at Wellesley College, Massachusetts and the International Centre of Photography in New York.

Selected Public and Private Collections

National Portrait Gallery, London
Victoria and Albert Museum, London
The British Museum, London
International Centre of Photography, New York Davis Museum, Wellesley College, Massachusetts Fondation Carmignac, Porquerolles

Palais Galliera Musée de la Mode de la ville de Paris Nicola Erni Collection, Zug

Solo Exhibitions

2021
Virgin Mary. Supermarkets. Popcorn. Photographs 1990–2020 Fotografiska Museum, New York

2020–21
Virgin Mary. Supermarkets. Popcorn. Photographs 1990–2020 Fotografiska Museum, Stockholm

2020
The Taste of Colour Lumiere Brothers Gallery, Moscow

2019
Screenprints, Polaroids and Drawings Christophe Guye Galerie, Zurich

2018
This Side of Paradise Huxley Parlour Gallery, London Art History Reflex Gallery, Amsterdam

2018
This Side of Paradise Huxley Parlour Gallery, London Art History Reflex Gallery, Amsterdam

2017
(after) Lyndsey Ingram, London

2016
Please return Polaroid Steven Kasher Gallery, New York Please return Polaroid Lyndsey Ingram, London

2015
The Pure Wonder Fahey/Klein Gallery, Los Angeles A Dazzling Beauty OCA, São Paulo

2014
The Age of Pleasure Christophe Guye Galerie, Zurich
One Black & White and Twenty Four Colour Photographs Reflex Gallery, Amsterdam
Miles Aldridge’s Carousel: Lithograph and Screenprints, Drawings and Photographs Sims Reed Gallery, London

2013
Short Breaths Brancolini Grimaldi, London
I Only Want You to Love Me Somerset House, London CAROUSEL Brancolini Grimaldi, London
I Only Want You to Love Me Steven Kasher Gallery, New York

2010
13 Women CONTRIBUTED Studio For The Arts, Berlin
New Work Brancolini Grimaldi, Florence
Kristen As seen by Miles Aldridge and Chantal Joffe Reflex Gallery, Amsterdam

2009
Pictures for Photographs Collette, Paris
Pictures for Photographs Steven Kasher Gallery, New York Doll Face Hamiltons Gallery, London

2008
Acid Candy Reflex Gallery, Amsterdam

2007
The Cabinet Reflex Gallery, Amsterdam

Selected Group Exhibitions

2019
Beyond Fashion Foundation for the Exhibition of Photography, Hong Kong Pure ‘Joy’ curated by Invisible-Exports Western Exhibitions, Chicago

2018
The Milky Way Lia Rumma Gallery, Naples

2017
Fashion and Politics in Vogue Italia Photo Vogue Festival, Milan The Critic as Artist Reading Museum, Reading

2015
Coming into Fashion: A Century of Photography at Condé Nast, Norton Museum of Art West Palm Beach

Sleepless – The Bed in History and Contemporary Art 21er Haus of the Belvedere, Vienna

2014
Slaves of Mimesis: Nine Years On 23rd Street Steven Kasher gallery, New York

The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk Barbican Art Gallery, London
Beauty of Darkness II Reflex Gallery, Amsterdam
2009

Weird Beauty: Fashion Photography Now ICP, New York 2008

Traumfrauen – Beauty in the 21st Century Deichtorhallen, Hamburg 2004

The Beauty of Darkness Reflex Gallery, Amsterdam

2002
The Archeology of Elegance Deichtorhallen, Hamburg

Christiane Monarchi

Editor, Hapax Magazine

Christiane Monarchi is the founding editor of the online photography magazine Photomonitor which has published 1,300+ features since 2011 and is now working in partnership with University for the Creative Arts. In 2020 she co-founded Hapax Magazine, a print publication commissioning new photographic ideas. Christiane is also a freelance curator, lecturer, artist mentor and serves on the steering committee of Fast Forward, Women in Photography, and as a trustee of the Centre for British Photography.

Instagram: @hapaxmagazine @photomonitor.co.uk

Clare Grafik

Head of Exhibitions, The Photographers’ Gallery

Clare Grafik is Head of Exhibitions at The Photographers’ Gallery in London. She has worked in public institutions including the ICA, Whitechapel, Hayward and National Portrait Gallery and with private collections. At TPG she worked with artists including Taryn Simon, Katy Grannan, Antoine D’Agata, Cuny Janssen, Zineb Sedira, Keith Arnatt and Evelyn Hofer. Group shows include ‘The Photographic Object’, ‘Photography & Collage’ and ‘Double Take: Photography & Drawing’. Other projects include a solo exhibition with Bettina Von Zwehl at the Freud Museum and ‘Pictures from the Garden’ in collaboration with Photo Oxford 2023. Contributions to books and catalogues include Alex Prager’s ‘Silver Lake Drive’ and more recently for ‘Another Country’ (T&H, 2022). She has been a Sessional Lecturer at Birkbeck College, London, and has lectured for institutions including University of the Arts, London, University of South Wales, and Sotheby’s Institute of Art.

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Jacqui Dixon

Art Buyer and Stills Producer

After beginning in dark rooms in London, I went on to assist photographers in London and the US. 
my first Art buying role came in 1990 when I started at the absolute best – Saatchi and Saatchi under Alex Taylor and Paul Arden, working on such great campaigns as Silk Cut, NSPCC, The Samaritans and The COI.
I then freelanced for many years at BMP DDB, where I worked on VW and The Labour Party, TBWA on Nissan. I also worked with AMV, McCann’s, J Walter Thompson and Saatchi’s again finally to solely work on Sony under Dave Droga.
 
I have been on the panel of judges for the AOI and meet regularly with photographers to shape their portfolios.
 
Recently I headed up Art Production for Hogarth for all WPP agencies and have worked extensively across Nespresso, The Coca Cola Company and Heinz to name a few great brands.
 
I also produce all stills on TVC shoots working alongside great production companies such as Riff Raff and Academy.
 
I am now looking forward to a great new chapter and open to new directions.

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Tracy Marshall-Grant

Curator

Tracy Marshall- Grant is an Arts Director, Curator & Producer specializing in the production of photography exhibitions, festivals, education, and archive projects. She was previously Deputy Director of the Centre for British Photography and Director of Development for the Royal Photographic Society. She directed the inaugural Bristol Photo Festival and LOOK Photo Biennial 2019 in Liverpool. Tracy has also been Director of Development at Open Eye Gallery Liverpool and Executive Director at Belfast Exposed Gallery. She is also co-founder and co-director of the new Hay Photo Festival

Tracy is also co-founder and Director of Northern Narratives, the non-venue-based photography production company specializing in archive exhibitions and long-term archive development projects. Amongst the productions within this she has developed a large international tour and publication of Martin Parr’s Irish work- currently touring museums and galleries in Ireland and America until 2023. She has worked with Marketa Luskacova, Jem Southam, Café Royal Books and RRB Publications on several archive books and exhibition productions. Tracy is co-curator and co-editor of the international touring exhibition and associated monograph Chris Killip: retrospective with The Photographers Gallery, London and Thames and Hudson publishers.  She is curator of the upcoming Tom Stoddart retrospective and is working on mid-career retrospectives with Jillian Edelstein and Mark Power. She is also Director of Liverpool Photographer Ken Grant’s Studio.

Tracy is associate and guest lecturer on professional practice for the BA and MA photography courses at several colleges and universities in the UK. S he is a writer for AP Magazine and an advisor for the Ian Parr Grant. She is a selector for several Awards including British Journal of Photography Portrait of Britain and Photo London Student Photography Award.

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