Open Projects

Creative briefs celebrating our world

© Allun Calender


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.

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.

Find out more below.

Selection of rubbish neatly lined-up
© Simon Puschmann

Emerging Talent

Here at the AOP we want to celebrate the very best in the new wave of photographers and image makers, who have been practicing their craft for less than 3 years.

For this special Open Project there were no restrictions on what you could enter – we simply asked to see your most amazing work.

Black Culture in Britain: Canary Wharf Arts + Events

To celebrate Black History Month in October 2021, Canary Wharf Arts + Events and the AOP held a special month-long exhibition at the Crossrail Place Roof Garden in Canary Wharf. We celebrated 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.

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”.

© The Association of Photographers Ltd

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.