AOP Photography Awards

This year’s 37th AOP Photography Awards are open to all AOP Accredited Photographer and Assisting Photographer members.

© Todd Antony 

Entries open – Noon Tuesday 12 October 2021 
Entries close – Midnight Monday 7 February 2022

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 February 2022 with winners being revealed in March 2022. Gold and Silver winners and selected finalists with be exhibited at the AOP Showcase event in April 2022. 

This is your chance to be seen by leading commissioners and names within the photographic industry.

As in previous years, stills, moving image & innovation can now be entered into each category. 

All images must have been created on or after 1 January 2019 with the exception of the Project category, which must be created on or after 1 January 2017.

  • You can enter a single or series (2-5) of images. 
  • You can enter a piece of moving imagery up to 7 minutes in length, demonstrating your understanding and skills within the medium. All moving image entries must reference whether the work is a collaboration with another artist be it a director, editor, colour grader, musician etc. or whether it’s the independent work of the photographer. You may wish to illustrate the creative use of technologies for example AR, VR, CGI or an other technique. 
  • You can enter works of innovation with an example of excellence that illustrates the creative use of technologies and innovations in the production of still images. This can be AR, VR, CGI or any other technique.
  • You can enter commissioned or personal work in all categories.
  • You can win Gold and Silver in each category.


© Nick David
© Nick David


Judged by: Fiona Hayes, Art Director, Design Consultant & Lecturer

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


Sponsored by Williamson Carson

Judged by: Andy Greenacre, Director of Photography at Telegraph

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

© Kristina Varaksina
© Kristina Varaksina
© Joshua Sneade


Sponsored by Currency UK

Judged by: Giles Duley

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


Sponsored by Leica

Judged by: Daphne Christelis, Head of Photography at Greenpeace

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

© Nick Howe
© Nick Howe
© Lewis Khan
© Lewis Khan

Still life + Object

Judged by: Victoria Gaiger - Founder & Creative Director of Rakes Progress magazine

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

Food + Drink

Sponsored by Holborn Studios

Judged by: Sam Beddoes, Head of TV | Executive Producer Jamie Oliver Productions

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

© Aaron Graubart
© Aaron Graubart
© Mattew Shave
© Mattew Shave

Fashion + Beauty

Sponsored by MOT Models

Judged by: Koto Bolofo, Photographer & Director

Photography that illustrates or promotes clothing or beauty products.


Judged by: Andy Walker, VP Creative Director of Nike EMEA Brand Creative

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

© Sam Robinson
© Sam Robinson
© Matthew Joseph
© Matthew Joseph


Sponsored by Genesis Imaging

Judged by: Jenny Ricketts and Isabelle Von Ribbentrop

A long-term photographic project on a singular subject that portrays a narrative, illustrated in a series of 10-20 images. Because of the long-form nature of the work images can be originated over a maximum of a five-year period. (Please note because of space limitations up to 8 images may be chosen to be included in the Awards Book and exhibition)-

Not a member? If you would like to become an AOP Accredited or Assistant Photographer member, please click here. 

AOP Discovered Member Award 
Like our Accredited Photographer members, AOP Assisting photographer members are eligible to enter the Photography Categories with the chance of winning an AOP Discovery Award. This award enables us to discover and nurture new talent within our Assisting Photographer membership, and offer those who are selected, the chance to become Accredited Photographer members. If you would like to become an AOP Assisting Photographer member or would like to apply to become an AOP Accredited Photographer member, please click here. 


Entry Fees
(All prices include VAT @20%)

Early Bird 12 October – 19 November 2021
Single – £25.00
Series – £42.00 
Project – £62.50

Regular Entry 20 November 2021 – 16 January 2022
Single – £30.00
Series – £50.00
Project – £75.00

FLASH SALE  17 January 2022 from 9am
Single – £28.00
Series – £46.00
Project – £70.00

Return to Regular Entry – 18 January – 30 January 2022

Final Week Pricing31 January 2022 – 7 February 2022
Single – £50.00
Series – £70.00
Project – £95.00

Assisting Photographer member prices
To encourage new talent and support the work of our Assisting Photographer members, the AOP offers them a vastly reduced rate, available across the whole entry period. These prices are:
Single – £15
Series – £25 
Project – £37


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Fiona Hayes

Category: Lifestyle

Fiona Hayes is an Art Director, Design Consultant and Lecturer. Hayes has over thirty years’ international experience in the worlds of publishing, contemporary art and luxury retail. Her extensive credentials include commissioning photography as Art Director of Company magazine (Hearst London), Eve (BBC), Punch, both British and Russian editions of Cosmopolitan, launching Russian Vogue (Condé Nast), House & Garden, Myself, GQ India (in Mumbai) as well as setting up DayFour, an independent photography magazine, published annually between 2002 and 2012.

As Art Director of New Markets and Brand Development she has worked on Condé Nast’s international launches – 14 magazines, including seven editions of Vogue globally (Thailand, Ukraine, Arabia, Poland, Czech Republic, Greece and Hong Kong. In addition, Fiona has been Art Director of contemporary art auction house Phillips de Pury, heading up design and production teams in New York and London, and working on Art, Design and Photography Sales on both sides of the Atlantic as well as Consulting Art Director of Fashion Brands for Russian luxury conglomerate Mercury LLCM.

Fiona is also co-author and art director of the annual Fashion Yearbook and consults for clients ranging from the multinational Stoli Group to the South African cultural organisation Legacy Creates. 

She lectures on the Photography BA course at Oxford Brookes University; the Fashion Media MA course at Condé Nast College of Fashion and Design; and delivers an annual lecture on “Legacy Media in a Digital World” at Leeds University.

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Andy Greenacre

Category: Portrait

Andy Greenacre has over twenty-five years experience as a photo editor, shoot producer and researcher and is the Director of Photography at The Telegraph Magazine in London. He has worked with all manner of photographers, young and old, established names through to recent graduates. He is well-versed in commissioning portraiture, celebrity, documentary, food, still life and lifestyle and has an extensive contacts book that spans photographers, agents, locations and stylists around the world. Andy started his career working at Magnum Photos between 1994-98, first in the archive as a researcher before moving on to run the editorial department, representing Magnum photographers in the UK. From 2000-2005 he freelanced as a picture researcher before joining The Telegraph Magazine where he has worked ever since.

Giles Duley

Category: Documentary

Giles Duley is a photographer, writer and presenter whose work focuses on the long-
term humanitarian impact of conflict.

His documentary work has seen him partner with well-respected charities such as HI
(Humanity and Inclusion), EMERGENCY, Save the Children and UNHCR to highlight
lesser-known stories deserving of public attention and action. Although documenting
challenging, and at times, horrific situations, Giles captures the strength of those who
fight adversity rather than succumb. His photographs draw the viewer to the subject, creating intimacy and empathy for lives differing from ours only in circumstance.

His work has taken him to Iraq, Afghanistan, South Sudan, DR Congo, Angola,
Bangladesh, Kenya, Ukraine, Jordan, Lebanon, Colombia, Vietnam and Nigeria among others.

Duley is also CEO and Founder of the NGO Legacy of War Foundation an international
charity supporting communities and individuals as they rebuild their lives after conflict.

He is a campaigner for the rights of both refugees and those living with disability.
In 2011, whilst working in Afghanistan, Duley was severely injured by an IED. As a result
of his injuries, he is a triple-amputee. In 2012 he returned to Afghanistan to continue his work as a photographer. In 2019 he was awarded the prestigious Amnesty Media Award for Photojournalism.

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Daphne Christells

Category: Environment

Daphne Christelis has nearly 20 years of experience creating iconic photo and video content with environmental group Greenpeace UK. As Head of Photo & Video at the organisation she’s responsible for planning output, commissioning and briefing, editing and overseeing the work of a team of 10. Her team produces environmental content in a diverse range of settings from the seas of the Arctic and the Southern Ocean through to major climate protests. Previous work on newspaper and agency picture desks has seen her work across environmental, current affairs and social issues. Her long career has included work with award winning photographers including Gideon Mendel, Suzanne Plunkett, Daniel Beltra and Elizabeth Dalziel as well as the huge honour of working with Tom Stoddart for the Sony World Photography Awards.

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Victoria Gaiger

Category: Still Life + Object

Victoria Gaiger is an experienced Editor, Creative Director and Fashion Director with a long history of working in the media.

Victoria was born in Uganda and travelled extensively with her family as achild. Her work is influenced by her childhood spent in Africa and the Pacific, photography, architecture, design and her work in fashion. She comes from a family of artists.

After studying fashion design and fashion journalism at the London College of Fashion she worked across a number of titles commissioning and working with photographers as Fashion Director and as a freelance Fashion Editor on editorial and commercial titles including ID, Interview Magazine, Vogue Bambini, Sunday Times, The Telegraph and Harrods Magazine. In 2006 she returned to university part-time and graduated with a degree in architecture.

In 2016 she launched Rakes-Progress magazine with Tom Loxley. She works across the magazine and various projects as Editor and Creative Director. They have continued to expand with the launch of a creative agency, a design studio and collective that works on magazines, events, photography, design, floral and interior projects.  From curating , sourcing selling, writing, commissioning, to small or larger scale projects and experiential events – working for luxury brands such as Cartier Fragrances, Hermès, The House of Creed, Christian Louboutin, Roland Mouret, Phaidon Books and more.  Their second magazine – Rakes SENSE launch in 2019 (a fragrance magazine) won the 2020 award for creativity. In 2020 they published their first book – Modern Ikebana.

Samatha Beddoes

Category: Food + Drink

Samantha Beddoes is a committed and creative Executive Producer with 20 years of experience producing television programmes across factual, entertainment, documentary and news for broadcast across the world. She has specialised in food television, working with and producing award-winning content for acclaimed chefs from Gordon Ramsay to Dame Mary Berry and Jamie Oliver. 

As Head of TV at Jamie Oliver Ltd, she is Executive Producer of all programmes produced. These include factual content that campaigns for higher standards of welfare in farming, to better nutritional standards for our children and an annual beautifully shot ‘chop and chat’ Jamie Oliver recipe series that encourages more of the nation to cook. Samantha also produces his glossy Friday night food  and entertainment series  and most recently. a cooking competition series that works to get unsigned cooks a publication deal for their own cookbook.

With her extensive experience as a Producer and Director of food stories and close collaborations with art and editorial teams to ensure that publications and TV series align on editorial and photographic style,  Samantha has developed an eye for telling a striking story that ensures the best food story possible is always told.


Koto Bolofo

Category: Fashion + Beautyy

Koto Bolofo is a South African photographer prized for his ability to present honest beauty. He sees the world through a pinhole of colour and shape, while placing a premium on every image captured. In practice Bolofo thinks before he shoots, a sensibility too often lost in today’s technology. 

Rather than being pinned down to a specific category within the medium – photojournalism, documentary, fashion, art – Bolofo resists classification by pursuing the places where they overlap. Known for his stunning and unexpected compositions, his pieces are marked by a sense of timelessness that represents neither the past nor the present but succinctly encapsulates both. His photographs reflect a time past, yet feel modern and intimate.

Bolofo’s graphic and dynamic style has attracted advertising clients such as Anthropologie, Dior, Gap, Hermès, Kate Spade, levi’s, Louis Vuitton, Neiman Marcus and Saks. His work has been featured in editorial publications including Condé Nast Traveler, GQ, Harper’s Bazaar, Numéro, Town & Country, Vanity Fair and Vogue. 

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Andy Walker

Category: Sport

Andy Walker is currently the VP, Creative Director of Nike EMEA Brand Creative. He leads a large team of multi-disciplinary Creatives focused on Advertising, Digital Communication, Retail, and Experiences for the Nike brand across Europe, Middle East & Africa. 

Andy started his career at Nike WHQ in Portland, Oregon in 2000 as Advanced Brand Concepts Director. In 2005, he joined Weiden & Kennedy Advertising in Amsterdam as a Creative Director. He then returned to Nike as Creative Director of Global Football, before moving to Umbro as VP of Design for Product & Brand Marketing.

In 2012, Andy took the role of Creative Director of the London Olympics for the Nike Brand. After which he settled in London and worked on the start-up of NikeLab, with a small team, leading all the creative & communication out of the London studio, until he transitioned into his current role in 2016. 

Andy has led teams over the years in winning many awards across Communication, Retail, & Architecture including amongst others, a few golden lions along the way.

Jennie Ricketts

Category: Project

Jennie Ricketts is an independent photography editor, curator, consultant and mentor with over 30 years experience. For 17 of those years, she was a picture researcher and then picture editor at The Observer Magazine, commissioning and editing photography which attracted international recognition and widespread publication. She launched the Jennie Ricketts Gallery in Brighton in 2006 while writing and lecturing and now operates from County Wicklow, Ireland as an online space representing international photographers. She is currently a Trustee for Autograph ABP, The Martin Parr Foundation and a member of the Advisory Board for PhotoIreland, Dublin.

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Isabelle Von Ribbentrop

Category: Project

Isabelle Von Ribbentrop is Executive Director of the Prix Pictet. She has been instrumental in the development of the Prix Pictet, the leading award in photography and sustainability which since creation in 2008 has become one of the world’s most important art prizes. 

Isabelle is Global Head of Branding, Advertising and Sponsoring and Head of London Communications at the Pictet Group. Her overall responsibilities include advertising, branding, corporate identity, film and photography, merchandising, events advisory and strategic philanthropy. 

She holds a BA Hons in History, Politics and Philosophy from the Humboldt University, Berlin and a MA in Imperial and Commonwealth History from King’s College, London. 

Supported by

Holborn Studios

Williamson Carson

Currency UK

AOP Photography Awards 2021

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.