The subject (human or animal) is the primary focus of the image.
Curator: Portrait Salon

Portrait Salon was founded by Carole Evans and James O Jenkins in 2011 as a response to the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize. A form of Salon des Refusés – an exhibition of work rejected from a juried show – it aims to showcase the best of the rejected images from the Taylor Wessing Prize, which is organised annually by the National Portrait Gallery in London. This year (2018) Portrait Salon has also accepted work rejected by the British Journal of Photography’s Portrait of Britain award.
Instagram @portrait_salon

James O Jenkins is a photographer based in London. He works for a wide variety of publications and clients and has exhibited his personal work in numerous galleries. James has also published two books, ‘United Kingdom (2012) and ‘Thatcher’s Funeral’ (2016).

-Photographer and co-founder of Portrait Salon.

Carole Evans is a photographic artist, cultural organizer and educator.

As a photographer and researcher, Carole is interested in memory and how photography can be used to evoke and (re) construct memory. Themes of heritage, nostalgia, and community are recurrent in her practice.

She is currently Associate Senior Lecturer in Contextual Studies at Ravensbourne, and is Dissertation Supervisor for the Photography BA (hons) at University of the Arts Farnham, where she also contributes to the Theory Lecture programme.

Read our interview with Portrait Salon here


Reportage, features, current affairs, product or other imagery that is of an informative nature.
Curator: Jillian Edelstein – Photographer and Documentary Film Maker

London-based photographer Jillian Edelstein began working as a press photographer in Johannesburg, South Africa. In 1985 she attended the London College of Printing (London College of Communications). Her portraits have appeared in many publications including The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, The Financial Times Weekend Magazine, Vanity Fair, The Sunday Times Magazine and Interview.

She has received several awards including the Kodak UK Young Photographer of the Year, Photographers’ Gallery Portrait Photographer of the Year Award 1990, the Visa d’Or at the International Festival of Photojournalism in Perpignan in 1997, the European Final Art Polaroid Award in 1999, the John Kobal Book Award 2003 and was included in The Taylor Wessing Portrait Award in 2014, the AI-AP Archive in 2008 and 2015. A winner in Latin American Fotografia 2015 and 2016, a finalist in the LensCulture Portrait Awards 2017, she has also been included in World Press Awards twice.

Between 1996 and 2002 she returned to South Africa frequently to document the work of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Her award winning book Truth and Lies, shot in large format was published by Granta, the New Press and Mail and Guardian in 2002.

In the run up to the Olympics 2012 Edelstein was commissioned by The National Portrait Gallery and BT to produce a series of 17 portraits of those working to make the Olympic and the Paralympic Games happen. At the start of the Games, The Road to 2012: Aiming High was opened by the Duchess of Cambridge.

Her photographs have been exhibited internationally at venues including the National Portrait Gallery, The Photographers’ Gallery, The Royal Academy, the OXO Gallery, Tom Blau Gallery in London, the Rencontres Internationales de la Photographie in Arles, France, the Bensusan Museum,Johannesburg, Robben Island Museum in Cape Town, South Africa and Dali International Photography Festival, Yunnan Province, China.

She is currently working on several photographic projects including a film documentary about the screenwriter Norman Wexler.

Read our interview with Jillian here

Still Life & Object

Inanimate object(s) or still life. It can be any object in any place, the emphasis being the object rather than its surroundings.
Curator: Kristie Girvan – Head of Production, The Corner London

Loyal. Passionate. Fiery. Determined. These are some of the attributes Kristie is best known for her role as Head of Production at The Corner. Since 2013 she has been helping grow and mould the most versatile and talented, fun and down-to-earth integrated production department in London.

In her time there she has produced a vast array of print, film and other projects across their client portfolio, including Heart Immigration for Jigsaw, which was awarded a Lion at Cannes 2018.

Previously, Kristie’s career has taken her from agency to client side and back again, as well as around the globe from Auckland to Sydney to London.

She is drawn to the evocative and provocative, the surreal and ethereal. Some of her favourites include: Juno Calypso, Gustav Almestål, Alice Moitié, Elsa Bleda, Hart+Lëshkina, Eliot Lee Hazel, Todd Hido, René Burri, Harri Peccinotti, Nan Goldin.

In life beyond the agency, she photographs, djs and has recently launched a brand, Maison D’Être. The first line is a collection of gender neutral tops she has designed, with more creations to follow.


Read our interview with Kristie here

Fashion & Beauty

Fashion & Beauty photographs
Curator: Clara Mercer – Communications Director, British Fashion Council

Clara Mercer has played a vital role in positioning London as a fashion capital. Clara is responsible for the strategic planning and delivery of the annual communications campaigns and activity for the BFC’s events and initiatives such as London Fashion Week and The Fashion Awards. This includes all online initiatives, creative direction, brand management, communication to multiple audiences and across multiple channels.

Clara’s career trajectory has seen her take on increased responsibility and in 2016 was appointed Communications Director, joining the internal board whose role it is to translate the high-level strategy set at Executive Board to operational strategy to be delivered by the team.

The communications team is the largest team within the organisation and is responsible for all campaigns, digital channels, accreditation and guest programmes for events and partnership development with global media and retailers.

A recognised leader in multi discipline fashion communications, her key relationships are with the most creative, forward thinking digital, creative and media leaders based in the UK.


Food & Drink

Food or drink as the main focus of the image
Curator: Helen Parker – Co-Founder and Executive Producer, Another

Helen started her career in advertising before opening a stills production company in Cape Town, alongside her business partner, Tanja Adams.   Her company, Another, has grown to become one of the leading buyers of commercial photography with an unparalleled knowledge of established and emerging photographic talent in the UK and beyond.  Another, continues to work with an array of London’s top creative agencies but are increasingly being commissioned directly by brands looking to outsource and consolidate their creative production requirements.

Her company is female owned and managed and remains passionate about supporting and promoting female creative talent.   To that end, Helen is instrumental in launching a mentorship scheme for female photography undergraduates, with the aim of encouraging more women to enter and thrive in the photography profession. 

Read our interview with Helen here


A series of between 5-20 images that portray a narrative, telling a visual story.
Curator: Ben Nash – Deputy Head of Creative Production, Karmarama

Ben learned his appreciation of creativity working at two of Australia’s most awarded agencies in Sydney and Melbourne then discovered his passion for photography working as a producer with one of Australia’s top photographic production companies with some of the countries best talent.

Currently at Karmarama leading and developing his Creative Production team on their artbuying skills.

Read our interview with Ben here


Covers the promotion or illustration of ideas, products, brands, corporations, etc., and imagery as part of an overall piece of lifestyle work.
Curator: Rhiannon Reid – Head of Production, 24 Productions

Rhiannon began her career at Magnum as Advertising & Corporate Manager, here she oversaw commercial stock sales and handled all assignments and special projects for the London office territories.  For the past 7 years Rhiannon has worked at 24 Productions who are a niche, global production company, specialising in photographic stills, motion, experiential and events production. Rhiannon’s role as client engagement manager and more recently as Head of Production is pivotal to producing large-scale multi-platform worldwide shoots in over 34 countries, which bring their clients’ visions to life on a truly global scale.


The situation or location, including interior, landscape, architecture etc., where the whole, rather than the individual elements, is the primary focus.
Curator: Jane Briers – Creative Director, mcgarrybowen

I’m an ‘old school’ senior art director and creative director.’Old School’ meaning I remember a time when you sent the neg off to the lab before you shot for real, and that I still own a loop (although I’m not quite sure where it is…).

I’ve had the pleasure to work with many inspirational and talented photographers, directors, typographers and designers throughout my twenty three year career.
I am currently working at mcgarrybowen with my copywriter of over twenty years – the long suffering Dave Cornmell.




An example of excellence that illustrates the creative use of technologies and innovations in the production of still images. This can be AR, VR, CGI or any other technique.
Curator: Matt Beveridge – Executive Creative Director & Co-founder, Pebble Studios


Matt is the Executive Creative Director and Co-Founder of Pebble Studios. An award winning, London-Based, creative production company which specialises in Film, Animation and Virtual Reality experiences.

Having started his career in music video production and marketing, he then spent 7 years working at one of London’s leading Agencies, becoming second in command of their Moving Image Design department before co-founding Pebble Studios.

Since launching Pebble he has lead the creative on everything from Europe’s biggest ever event screen and Disney’s first ever social VR campaign, to ABC’s first ever TV series VR trailer, or the UK’s first ever fully immersive gym studio. It’s fair to say that no two projects in his career have been the same and pushing the boundaries of the expected norm is what drives him most.

Read our interview with Matt here

Moving Image

A piece of moving imagery, 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 illustrates the creative use of technologies for example AR, VR, CGI or any other technique.
Curator: Paul MacKayDirector of Photography – BAFTA and Raindance Festival Winner

Rather like a Photographer a Cinematographer shares the same passion for imagery, albeit often this is interwoven genetically with various other departments. It is this harmony with other skill sets which many refer to as the ultimate art form.

After many years as a 1st Assistant Cameraman I stepped up to the top job and embarked on an amazing journey, sometimes terrifying often inspirational but rarely mundane.

My work includes Music Videos, Advertising and Long Form scripted drama. In 2017 ‘Home’ a short film I shot won the Best Short Film BAFTA and last year my first feature ‘We The Kings’ received the award for Best UK Feature at the Raindance Film Festival.’

My second film ‘A Guide to Second Date Sex’ is out later in 2018.

Paul MacKay


A single image or series of images (3-4) can be entered. There are no categories or restrictions, the image is the star, exciting and innovative work is encouraged.
Curator: Fiona Shields – Head of Photography, The Guardian

Fiona has over twenty years’ picture editing experience across a range of newspaper titles and was picture editor of the Guardian for nine years before taking up the role of Head of Photography for the Guardian News and Media Group. Throughout her career she has been involved in the coverage of some of the most historic news stories of our time including the events surrounding 9/11 and the subsequent terror attacks in London and across Europe, conflicts around the world from Bosnia to Iraq and Afghanistan, the revolution of the Arab spring and the continuing violence in the middle east, large scale natural disasters such as the earthquakes in Haiti, tsunamis in southern Asia, famine in Sub-Saharan Africa and the humanitarian crises resulting from the growing refugee numbers across the globe. Also a good few UK general elections and political change and upheaval worldwide.

In addition she has delivered talks at photo festivals, taken part in mentoring programmes for students of photojournalism and has enjoyed judging the Sony World Photography Awards, the UK Picture Editors Guild Awards, the Renaissance Photography Prize to name a few. Last year she was on the jury of the esteemed Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize and is a regular nominator for the world famous Prix Pictet Award.

Twitter: @fshields

Read out interview with Fiona here



Curator: Zelda Cheatle

Zelda Cheatle is a photography curator,  also an editor, lecturer and photography consultant. Zelda studied photography and worked at the Photographers Gallery in Great Newport Street before opening her own gallery, exhibiting the classics of 20th century and the emerging talents of the medium.

Zelda helped create the John Kobal Foundation (now Taylor Wessing at the National Portrait Gallery) and established the Tosca Photography Fund , making a significant photography collection , chairing symposium and making loans to museums and galleries . Curating internationally, her exhibitions , showing work from a global reach, in venues including Dubai, Shanghai, Wuhan, Chongqing and Riyadh. Zelda curated the AOP50 exhibition in London 2018,  held in One Canada Square.

Read our interview with Zelda here


Curator: Simon Norfolk

Born: 1963 in Lagos, Nigeria.
 Lives in Hove and Kabul.

Simon Norfolk is a landscape photographer whose work over twenty years has been themed around a probing and stretching of the meaning of the word ‘battlefield’ in all its forms. As such, he has photographed in some of the world’s worst war-zones and refugee crises, but is equally at home photographing supercomputers used to design military systems or the test-launching of nuclear missiles. Time’s layeredness in the landscape is an ongoing fascination of his.

His work has been widely recognised: he has won The Discovery Prize at Les Rencontres d’Arles in 2005; The Infinity Prize from The International Center of Photography in 2004; and he was winner of the European Publishing Award, 2002. In 2003 he was shortlisted for the Citibank Prize now known as the Deutsche Börse Prize and in 2013 he won the Prix Pictet Commission. He has won multiple World Press Photo and Sony World Photography awards.

He has produced four monographs of his work including ‘Afghanistan: Chronotopia’ (2002) which was published in five languages; ‘For Most Of It I Have No Words’ (1998) about the landscapes of genocide; and ‘Bleed’ (2005) about the war in Bosnia. His most recent is ‘Burke + Norfolk; Photographs from the War in Afghanistan.’ (2011).

He has work held in major collections such as The Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, The Getty in Los Angeles as well as San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Wilson Centre for Photography and the Sir Elton John Collection. His work has been shown widely and internationally from Brighton to Ulaanbaatar and in 2011 his ‘Burke + Norfolk’ work was one of the first ever photography solo shows at Tate Modern in London.

He has been described by one critic as ‘the leading documentary photographer of our time. Passionate, intelligent and political; there is no one working in photography that has his vision or his clarity.’ He is currently running at a pretty nifty Number 44 on ‘The 55 Best Photographers of all Time. In the History of the World. Ever. Definitely.’

Instagram: simonnorfolkstudio


Curator: Alicia Hart

Alicia Hart is the director of a production company called Hart Productions. She has twenty years experience within photography and the arts. Her expertise spans many photographic disciplines: editorial as a photo editor, art buyer and advertising producer:  and regularly participate at international portfolio reviews and art festivals.

She has works as a photo editor and producer, working with leading photographers, magazines and publications.  These include: The Face, Arena Homme Plus, The Sunday Telegraph, FT Weekend and Wallpaper* Magazine.  She has exhibited in photography shows at The Photographers Gallery, Humble Arts Foundation, Valentine’s Mansions and the Royal College of Art.

Alicia has worked with some of the countries leading creative agencies creating and producing campaigns including AMV BBDO, Show Media and Wallpaper Bespoke with brands such as The Mayor of London’s Office, BT, Graff Diamonds, British Airways and The National lottery.  Alicia has a Masters degree in photography at the Royal College of Art.  She is a regular Associate Lecturer and visiting lecturer in some of the leading universities in the UK.

Instagram: aliciajhart

Read our interview with Alicia here

AOP Awards 2017 Winner from The Association of Photographers on Vimeo.