Photography Awards

The ‘Oscars’ of the photography world

© Felicity Crawshaw


The Association of Photographers (AOP) is the UK’s leading organisation representing photographers and image-making professionals working in the creative industries.

The AOP Photography Awards are without doubt one of the most prestigious competitions in commercial professional photography, a collection of inspiring, beautiful and breathtaking images from some of the very best emerging and established photographers in the world.

The AOP Photography Awards are open to our Accredited Photographer and Assisting Photographer members only. If you would like to become one, please visit our membership pages here.

Now in its 37th year, the AOP Photography Awards are highly regarded by commissioners, art buyers and photographers alike. Our categories highlight specialisms within the sector, and include both commissioned and non-commissioned work. 

Opens Autumn 2021.

Chimney of a red ship with empty seats
© Gabrielle Motola

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© Todd Antony

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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.