AOP Projects

Creative briefs celebrating our world

© Allun Calender


AOP Projects are a new series of open project creative briefs – Open Projects, set by leading creative, cultural, social and commercial organisations for all photographers and image-makers to enter.

Launching in mid-April 2021, the ‘AOP Projects’ got off to a flying start with project partnerships supported by several leading organisations throughout the year.

Special guest judges for each of our AOP Projects selected Gold and Silver winners from all images entered through the AOP Awards website for each of our AOP Project briefs, and offered bespoke prizes to the chosen winners.

Winners from each of our Open Projects were exhibited in their own special showcase and across all our media networks. They also appeared in the AOP Awards event, along with the winners of the AOP Photography Awards. In addition, they were also published in the AOP Showcase Book, celebrating the best images submitted that year.

The Open Projects are open to everyone and are about championing exquisite work. This year the AOP are making plans for several bespoke projects.

To find out about the previous AOP Projects, see more details below, and feel free to get in touch if you would like to be involved.

Selection of rubbish neatly lined-up
© Simon Puschmann

Community and Identity

Brought to you by Colourful AOP – a working group established to address the issue of diversity and equality within the photography sector – Community and Identity is an AOP Project open to both members and non-members.

Image (c) Hayley Benoit
© Hayley Benoit

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. 

The AOP teamed up with leading ad agency Mother London, with two members of their team Julie Cook, Production, Head of Art and Kate Congreve, Producer to select our Open Project EMERGING TALENT finalists and winners

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”.

AOP Photography Awards

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 is your chance to be seen by leading commissioners and names within the photographic industry.
Find out more about our 39th AOP Awards…