Student Awards

The 2022 AOP Student Awards promise to be yet another exciting year for entries. An inspiring celebration of the very best in student photography, the AOP Student Awards can help in providing you with that all important step up to, and visibility in, the professional arena. 

© Natalia Krezel

AOP Student Awards 2022

The AOP Student Awards were established in the early 1980s, to recognise and highlight emerging photographic talent which existed in further education institutions across the UK. Many of the AOP Student Awards winners go on to become discovery winners as assisting photographers and then as professional photographers for our AOP Photography Awards, as we pride ourselves on nurturing talented photographers throughout their career.

Entry information

Winners will be announced at the AOP Student Awards Presentation which will be issued online in the summer 2022.
Entries are accepted as Stills, Moving image and Innovation.

The AOP Student Awards 2022 opens on Monday 9 May 2022 and closes on 31 May 2022.  Winners will be revealed in June 2022.

Gold and Silver winners, along with selected finalists, will have the chance to be showcased and appear in the official 38th AOP Photography Awards Book.

Entering the AOP Student Awards is a chance to be seen by leading commissioners and names within the photographic industry. 

A single image, or series of up to 4 images can be entered.

Moving image
A piece of moving imagery up to 15 minutes in length, content is up to you but must demonstrate your understanding and skills within the medium. All entries in this category must reference whether the work is 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 any other technique. 

An example of creative excellence that illustrates the clever use of technologies and innovation in the production of still images. This can be AR, VR, CGI or any other technique.

Entry Procedure, Technical Specification and Format Stills

Stills Images or Series submitted online should be: 

  • RGB and in JPEG format.
  • 3500 pixels along the longest edge.
  • With a resolution of 300 dpi.
  • Your final file size must not exceed 10 megabytes.
Entry Procedure, Technical Specification and Format Moving image

Only the following format will be accepted for judging: 

  • H.264  encoded .mp4 files 
  • Resolution: 1920 (width) x 1080 (Height) (HD) 
  • Maximum File size: 500MB 
  • Maximum length: 15 minutes. If your submission is successful, you may be required to submit an additional shorter edit of the winning entry, for screening during the presentation.
  • Please note - Quicktime (.mov), Flash (.swf) and Windows (.wmv) files will not be accepted, nor will .ogg or WebM encoding. 
Please make sure you read the Terms and Conditions in full to ensure your entry is within the competition guidelines and can be accepted.

Finalists’ entries will be displayed indefinitely on the AOP Awards website.

No copyright is transferred to the AOP in respect of any works entered or accepted.

Entry to the AOP Student Awards 2022  is open to all students, including those from overseas, studying in the UK at FE level or higher.  


Whatever your vocation, passion, course or age, we invite you to inspire us with your photography.

© Liam Scott
© Liam Scott


Judges: Amit & Naroop

This category covers any form of people-photography from portraiture to street photography, photojournalism and beyond. The People category is an opportunity to make visual comments about the human race and its ways. In previous ‘portrait’ categories, animal pictures have been featured but the originators of this category feel that entries this year should feature the human race.


Judge: Sarah Hogan

Rather than duplicate possible locations such as landscapes and architecture, we offer this category which provides unlimited opportunities. We promise that we will be as flexible as you need us to be.

Woodland colourfully lit at night
© Morris Jones
© Geraldine McClure
© Geraldine McClure


Judge: Sarah Thomson

This category covers almost everything else. Think Irving Penn’s found objects, Mapplethorpe’s flowers, Ori Gersht’s explosions, cats, dogs, bats and monkeys by Tim Flach, and sublime still-lifes by Richard Maxted and then make something unique and sensational of your own. We can’t wait to see your work.

Finalists’ entries will be displayed indefinitely on the AOP Awards website.

No copyright is transferred to the AOP in respect of any works entered or accepted.

All students, including those from overseas, studying in the UK at FE level or higher can enter the AOP Student Awards.  

Entries for the AOP Student Awards 2022 are now open

Entry Fees (all prices include VAT @20%)

Members – £6:00
Non-members – £9.00
Members – £10.00
Non-members – £14.00
Moving Image
Members – £6.00
Non-members – £9.00

AOP Student members receive a discounted entry fee.
Gold and Silver winners, along with finalists, may also appear in a final showcase event and also feature in The AOP Photography Awards book.

© John Buchanan

Student Awards Judges

Meet our judges for the Student Awards 2022


Amit and Naroop

Category: People

Amit and Naroop are a photography and film duo based in London.

Born and raised in West London, they came together in 2003, shooting in a make shift studio in Amit’s parent’s living room.

Word spread and they went on to work with the biggest record labels, photographing the most successful music artists of the time. 

They now work in advertising, injecting their characteristic passion and style into everything they do.

They also the hosts of Amit & Naroop: Colour in the Creative Industry – a series of monthly talks with people from minority backgrounds discussing working in the image-making industry.

Watch the full list of talks to date here. 

Photography copyright Wendy Carrig ©2019 All Rights Reserved

Sarah Hogan

Category: Places

Sarah is a UK based Interior and still life photographer with over 20 years’ experience in the industry. Moving frequently between 3 different countries and a degree in Mixed Media Art set Sarah on a creative path where photography became more than just a passion. Her personal work often has a playful colourful element, surrealism and Bauhaus being favorite art movements. Sarah has contributed imagery to many magazines, books and private clients, co-authored interior design book Bold British Design and her latest book ‘The Life Eclectic’ by Alexander Breeze is out now. Sarah was proud to be involved with the launch of f22 at the AOP which aims to promote, engage and connect female talent within the AOP. Sarah is currently a member of the assistant working group.

Sarah Thomson

Category: Things

Sarah is Head of Art Production at One Unilever at Ogilvy in London.

Prior to this she was Head of Art Production at Fallon and an Art Buyer at DDB London and AMV BBDO.

Before working as an Art Buyer Sarah was Gallery Manager at the Zelda Cheatle Gallery and a Producer for Nadav Kander, following starting her career as a Photographer’s Agent, with Catherine Collins.  

She has judged numerous Photography and Illustration Awards, and advised, talked and contributed to various books on the subject of advertising, photography and illustration.

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© Caitlin Sorcha O’Neill

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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.