Supporting the Future of Photography

2024 Student Award Winners - Supporting the Future of Photography

AOP Announces 2024 Student Award Winners - Supporting the Future of Photography

Best In Show Winner 2024
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  • Best in Show – Matthew Marshall, Arts University Plymouth / BA (Hons) Commercial Photography
Pictured: Isabelle Doran, CEO Association of Photographers, Matthew Marshall, Best In Show Winner 2024 & Adam Shaw, AOP Accredited Photographer and Chair of the Education Working Group

People category Winners:

  • People’s Category (19 finalists) – This category covers any form of people-photography from portraiture to street photography, photojournalism and beyond. The People category is an opportunity to make visual comments about the human race and its ways. In previous ‘portrait’ categories, animal pictures have been featured but the originators of this category feel that entries this year should feature the human race.

    • Silver – Matthew Marshall, Arts University Plymouth / BA (Hons) Commercial Photography

    • Silver – Hannah Mittelstaedt, Falmouth University/ Commercial Photography BA(Hons)

© Matthew Marshall, ‘The Football Casuals, Charlie & Tyler’.  SILVER Winner – People Category 2024

© Hannah Mittelstaedt, ‘At Home In My Body’. SILVER Winner – People Category 2024

Places category Winners:

  • Places Category (19 finalists) – Rather than duplicate possible locations such as landscapes and architecture, The AOP offers this category which provides unlimited opportunities.

    • Gold  – Matthew Marshall, Arts University Plymouth / BA (Hons) Commercial Photography

    • Silver – Emrys Thursgood, University of the West of England, BA Photography

    • Silver – Linda Jarrett, Falmouth University (Online) /BA Photography-MA Photography

© Matthew Marshall, ‘Tinside’.  GOLD Winner – Places Category 2024

© Emrys Thurgood, ‘The House Over The Sea’.  SILVER Winner – Places Category 2024

© Linda Jarrett, ‘Under Destruction‘.  SILVER Winner – Places Category 2024

Things category Winners:

  • Things Category (17 finalists) – This category covers almost everything else. Think Irving Penn’s found objects, Mapplethorpe’s flowers, Ori Gersht’s explosions, cats, dogs, bats and monkeys by Tim Flach, and sublime still-lifes by Richard Maxted and then make something unique and sensational.

    • Gold – Craig Bennett, University of Cumbria / BA (Hons) Photography

    • Silver – Gemma McNaughton, Edinburgh College/ HND Professional Photography

© Craig Bennet, ‘Beacons – Illuminating Nature’s Hidden Pathways’.  GOLD Winner, Things category 2024

© Gemma McNaughton, ‘Nature Morte Vivante’.  SILVER Winner, Things category 2024

The Judges

The judges for the AOP 2024 Student Awards are People – Michael Wharley, AOP Accredited and GOLD Winner of the 37th 2022 AOP Photography Awards – Documentary ; Places – Sachini Imbuldeniya, CEO of full–service content agency House of Oddities, that champions exceptional talent from the most underrepresented groups in the UK’s creative sector; and Things – Frankie Turner, AOP Accredited Photographer and GOLD Winner of the 38th 2023 AOP Photography Awards – Food and Drink.

Sachini Imbuldeniya, CEO, House of Oddities and judge of the Places category as well as Best in Show enthused, “It’s refreshing to see so many fantastically diverse, considered and meaningful pieces of work from the next generation. It really does fill me with so much hope and positivity for the future of photography.”

Entry to the AOP Student Awards 2024 is open to all students (including those from overseas) studying photography in the UK at FE level or higher. The AOP Student Awards were established in the early 1980s, to recognise and highlight emerging photographic talent which existed in further education institutions across the UK. Many of the AOP Student Awards winners go on to become discovery winners as assisting photographers and then as professional photographers for the AOP Photography Awards, as the organisation prides itself on nurturing talented photographers throughout their career.

As Isabelle Doran, CEO of The AOP, explains, “Challenging perceptions of identity, environment and society, through provocative and attentive imagery seems to be the central theme to this year’s AOP Student Awards. It’ll be fascinating to see how this year’s finalists and winners progress in their professional careers going forwards. The AOP is steadfast committed to the development and support of professional photographers and image-makers, whether they are starting out, emerging or established, and our Student Awards, showcasing the next generation of talent, have been a key feature of the AOP since the early 1980s and is a testament to that.”

Theo Georghiades, General Manager Fujifilm UK, says of Fujifilm’s partnership with the AOP’s Student Awards, “Fujifilm is proud to support the next generation of photographers through our association with the AOP’s student awards. We believe in nurturing creativity and innovation in the field of imaging, and we look forward to seeing the incredible talent that emerges from this competition. The overall winner can expect a prize that reflects our commitment to excellence in imaging solutions.”

Best in Show plus Gold and Silver winners, along with selected finalists, will have the chance to be showcased and appear in the official 39th AOP Photography Awards Book which is published in time for the AOP Awards Showcase on 26 September 2024.



About the Association of Photographers (AOP)

The Association of Photographers was first formed in 1968 as the Association of Fashion and Advertising Photographers and is one of the most prestigious professional photographers’ associations in the world. The Association’s aims are to protect, promote and inspire the worth and standing of its members within the commercial photographic industry

Its mission is to be the guiding force for professional photographers, and image-makers, on matters relating to business practice in still and moving images, whether from a practical, educational or legal basis. The Association brings professionals together and provides a sense of community that is simply unavailable anywhere else. It promotes the highest levels of achievement, and campaigns for its members’ interests at all levels.

The AOP membership has always been formed of some of the most influential, trailblazing photographers in the history of the art form. Past and present members include the likes of Terence Donovan, Rankin, Tim Flach, Nadav Kander, Tessa Traeger, David Bailey, Julia Fullerton-Batten and Jillian Edelstein. For over 50 years, members’ work has appeared in global advertising campaigns, books, newspapers, magazines, exhibitions and cultural events the world over.

Membership is open to professional and assisting photographers working in the creative sector; agents; any individuals working in the photographic industry; those starting out in the profession; those in education; and anyone with an interest in professional photography.


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