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On Entering Awards

The Winners of the 37th AOP Photography Awards

We are delighted to share news of the winners of the 37th AOP Photography Awards as announced at our live Showcase on Wednesday 20 April 2022.

We extend our heartfelt thanks to all our Winners and Finalists and also all those who entered the 37th AOP Photography Awards. Your exceptional imagery continues to inspire and astound both the judges and industry, and the calibre of this years’s entries was no exception to the tradition of creative excellence we have all come to expect from AOP members.

Please join us in congratulating;

LIFESTYLE: Judge: Fiona Hayes, Art Director (incl. Conde Nast), Design Consultant & Lecturer

Gold Winner: Samuel Hicks. Moving: ‘Note’    @samuel_hicks_ 

Silver Winner: Igor Emmerich. Series: ‘Working from Home’   @igor_emmerich 


DOCUMENTARY: Judge: Giles Duley, Photographer & Legacy of War CEO

Gold Winner: Michael Wharley. Series:  ‘Classical Beats on Brixton Streets: The Brixton Chamber Orchestra’  @michaelwharley 

Silver Winner: Hannah Maule-ffinch. Series: ‘Cold water swimmers’ @hannahmff 


ENVIRONMENT: Judge: Daphne Christelis, Head of Photography at Greenpeace

Gold Winner: Tony Gale. Single: ‘Neowise and Old Failthful’  @tonygalephoto

Silver Winner: Alun Callender. Moving: ‘Craft in Process – Gainsborough’.  @aluncallenderphoto 


PORTRAIT: Judge: Andy Greenacre, Director of Photography at The Telegraph

Gold Winner: Orlando Gilli. Single: ‘Gino, Butcher’  @orlandogili 

Silver Winner: Charlie Clift. Single: Portrait of Sadiq Khan.  @charlieclift


FASHION +BEAUTY: Judge: Koto Bolofo, Photographer & Director

Gold and AOP Discovery Award: Rocia Chacon. Series: ‘Moon Growth’. @rocio_chacon_studio


FOOD + DRINK: Judge:Sam Beddoes, Head of TV | Executive Producer, Jamie Oliver TV Productions

Gold Winner: Catherine Losing.  Single: ‘Pan cake. A fun commission for IKEA’  @catherinelosing 

Silver Winner: Richard Pullar. Series: ‘Childhood cakes’. @richard_pullar 


SPORT: Judge:Andy Walker, VP Creative Director of Nike EMEA Brand Creative

Gold Winner: Stephen Ambrose. Series: ‘Calcio Storico’  @steambrose

Silver Winner: Todd Antony. Series: ‘Flying Stars’  @toddantonyphoto


STILL LIFE + OBJECT: Judge:Victoria Gaiger, Founder & Creative Director of Rakes Progress

Gold Winner:  Robert J Wilson. Single: ‘Drydock – Edinburgh’.  @robertwilson9 

Silver Winner: Nick Ballon. Series: ‘Poly’  @nickballon 


PROJECT: Judges:Jenny Ricketts, Trustee, Martin Parr Foundation and Isabelle Von Ribbentrop, Executive Director, Prix Pictet

Gold Winner: Julia Fullerton-Batten. Series: ‘Looking Out from Within’. @julia_fullertonbatten 

Silver Winner: Catherine Losing.  ‘Portrait of a Village – Documentary Short’. @catherinelosing 


2021-22 AOP Open Award

In addition, we are delighted to announce the winners of the 2021-22 AOP Open Award as selected by our panel of judges 

Gold Winner: Sujata Setia. Series: ‘Changing The Conversation’

Silver Winner: Meredith Andrews. Project: ‘Flotsam and Jetsam: The Cost of Modern Living’.  @meredithphoto 


Our thanks again to all our judges for their time and expertise in selecting such a magnificent selection of finalists across both the 37th AOP Photography Awards and the AOP 2021-22 Open Award.


We reserve very special thanks to all our Sponsors and Supporters  and thank them for their continued support of the AOP and the AOP Photography Awards. 

Headline Sponsor & Project Category Sponsor: Genesis Imaging

Fashion + Beauty Sponsor: MOT Models

Food + Drink Sponsor: Holborn Studios

Documentary Sponsor: Currency UK

Environment Sponsor: Leica UK

Portrait Sponsor: Williamson Carson






LIFESTYLE: Gold Winner Samuel Hicks + Anne Mannion, AOP Chair
LIFESTYLE: Silver Winner Igor Emmerich + Anne Mannion AOP Chair
DOCUMENTARY: Gold Winner Michael Wharley + Katie Keith, of Category Sponsor Currency UK
DOCUMENTARY: Silver Winner Hannah Maule-ffinch with Katie Keith from Sponsor Currency UK
ENVIRONMENT: Former Leica Ambassador Richard Seymour accepting trophies on behalf of Gold Winner Tony Gale and Silver Winner Alun Callender
PORTRAIT: Gold Winner Orlando Gilli with Matt Whinney of category Sponsor - Williamson Carson
PORTRAIT: Silver Winner Charlie Clift with Matt Whinney of category Sponsor Williamson Carson
FASHION+BEAUTY: Gold and Discovery Award Winner Rocio Chacon with Kate Riley of category Sponsor MOT Models
FOOD+DRINK: Gold Winner Catherine Losing - Award collected by James Gerrard Jones of Wyatt Clarke Jones on her behalf
FOOD+DRINK: Silver Winner Richard Pullar with Anne Mannion, AOP Chair
SPORT: Gold Winner Stephen Ambrose with incoming AoP Chair Hamish Crooks
SPORT: Silver Winner Todd Antony with incoming AOP Chair Hamish Crooks
STILL LIFE + OBJECT: Gold Winner Robert J Wilson with Anne Mannion AOP Chair
STILL LIFE + OBJECT: Silver Winner Nick Ballon, Award collected by Frances Leahy of Wyatt Clarke Jones on his behalf - with Ann Mannion
PROJECT: Gold Winner Julia Fullerton-Batten with Ken Sethi of Headline & Category Sponsor Genesis Imaging
PROJECT: Silver Winner Catherine Losing - Awards collected by James Gerrard Jones with Ken Sethi of Headline & Category Sponsor Genesis Imaging
AOP OPEN AWARD: Gold Winner Sujata Setia with Anne Mannion AOP Chair

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