Open Projects

Creative briefs celebrating our world

© Allun Calender

Introduction

AOP Awards – Open Projects are a new series of creative briefs set by leading creative, cultural, social and commercial organisations for photographers and image-makers to enter. Launching mid-April 2021, they will be open to all.

Each month, guest curators will present a Gold and Silver award to winners selected from all images entered through the AOP Awards website.

Winners from each of our Open Projects will be exhibited in their own special showcase and across all our media networks. They will also appear in the AOP Awards event in March 2022, along with the winners of the AOP Photography Awards and AOP Student Awards. In addition, they will also be published in the AOP Showcase Book, celebrating the best images of 2021.

The Open Projects are open to everyone and are about championing exquisite work.

Our first project is THE WORLD DESERVES WITNESSES set by Leica and launches mid-April 2021. Find out more below.

Selection of rubbish neatly lined-up
© Simon Puschmann

Black Culture in Britain: Canary Wharf Arts+ Events

To celebrate this year’s Black History Month in October, Canary Wharf Arts + Events and the AOP are holding a special month-long exhibition at the Crossrail Place Roof Garden in Canary Wharf. We will be celebrating black culture both through images and the stories of the photographers who have taken them.

The Economist’s 1843 magazine mentorship programme​

The Economist’s 1843 magazine, sister publication to The Economist, has launched a mentorship programme for black photographers to help create a pipeline for black talent. 1843 magazine publishes long reads and narrative journalism, and emphasises visual storytelling in all its pieces.

Enter the Leica Open Project

Leica, the legendary German maker of photographic devices whose roots go back in time of more than 150 years, is celebrating the commitment of photographers who bear witness to the world. Through “THE WORLD DESERVES WITNESSES”.

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© Todd Antony

© The Association of Photographers Ltd

Black Culture in Britain: Canary Wharf Arts+ Events

To celebrate this year’s Black History Month in October, Canary Wharf Arts + Events and the AOP are holding a special month-long exhibition at the Crossrail Place Roof Garden in Canary Wharf. We will be celebrating black culture both through images and the stories of the photographers who have taken them.