Details and terms

Some key details about the AOP Awards

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AOP Awards Introduction

The AOP Awards are the leading celebration of photographic excellence for those working in the creative industries. Having established our Awards programme in the early 1980s, we believe in providing a professional springboard to support and showcase skill and talent within our industry.

Widely regarded as the ‘Oscars’ of the photography world, the AOP Photography Awards this year launched in late January 2024. Our selected finalists will be showcased and our Awards winners announced this September in Shoreditch, London.

Now in their 39th year and with 10 categories to choose from, we are delighted to have attracted over 30 esteemed industry judges to review the incredible still and moving images submitted and created by our professional accredited & assisting members for the AOP Photography Awards. These Awards will be celebrated alongside our Martin Evening Excellence in Digital Retouching Award and our, soon to be announced, AOP Open Award.

We have also lauched our prestigious AOP Project: Emerging Talent Awards, on 4 March – supported by Mother London, Hahnemühle, and MPrint, along with key industry experts, with prizes designed to provide you with key advice and support for photographers having started out in your professional careers and need an experienced boost.

On the 2 April, we launched the AOP Student Awards 2024, which will be showcased at Free Range, Truman Brewery, Shoreditch, London, in June, along with hosting our Starting Out programme. The AOP Student Awards are open to all those studying at further education level and higher. Our long established awards (early 1980s) offers an early opportunity to launch your career in photography, enabling students to be in front of a professional audience and market your achievements.

Find out more about how we support professionals in the photo industry throughout your career here and join our membership here.

You can also find out about our Carbon Audit Report and the Sustainable AOP here.

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AOP Awards Policy on AI image Submissions

April 2024

All AOP Award Terms and Conditions include specific reference to our policy on AI image submissions. 

All AOP Terms and Conditions reflect the following requirement;

‘The majority of all elements of the work submitted must have been originated by a person (the Entrant). Any other elements incorporated must have been created under the express direction of the Entrant and all elements created or published as new from January 2023, with the exception of the Project category where elements have no date limitation but must form part of a proven, ongoing project.’

Please read individual Award Terms and Conditions for further details.


AOP Position paper on AI and Image-based Competitions/Awards


39th AOP Photography Awards - Terms and Conditions of Entry

2024 AOP Emerging Talent - AOP Project - Terms and Conditions of Entry

Martin Evening Excellence in Digital Retouching Award - Terms and Conditions of Entry

2024 AOP Student Awards - Terms and Conditions of Entry

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.
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