Details and terms

Some key details about the AOP Awards

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The AOP Awards are the leading celebration of photographic excellence for those working in the creative industries. Now in their 37th year, this year we launch a year-long celebration of those who create the images that inspire us all.

Widely regarded as the ‘Oscars’ of the photography world, the AOP Photography Awards launched this autumn. We will also shortly be launching our prestigious AOP Emerging Talent Open Project.

Earlier this year, on the 14 April, we launched the AOP Student Awards 2021. We wanted to make the event extra-special for students who have seen their studies sadly affected by the pandemic. The AOP Student Awards are open to all those studying at further education level and higher.

Also in April we launched the very first AOP Open Project, which saw the Open Category of the AOP Awards morph into an amazing year-long programme of creative briefs and projects set by some of the leading individuals, brands, organisations and groups in the industry, for everyone to enter. Our first Open Project was a special partnership with Leica.

Look out for updates on Icons of the image-making world, coming up in spring 2022, with a very exciting new celebration.

Woman with yellow string hair made of fabric.
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2021 Open Projects Terms and Conditions

2021 AOP Photography Awards - Terms and Conditions of Entry

2021 Student Awards - Terms and Conditions of Entry

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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.