Emerging Talent Award

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Emerging Talent Award | Open Project

Here at the AOP we want to celebrate the very best in the new wave of photographers and image makers, who have been practising their craft for less than 3 years. 

For this special Open Project there are no restrictions on what you can enter. We simply want to see your most amazing work. 

You can enter Stills, Moving image and Innovation.

This Open Project will open on the 9 November 2021 and close on 10 January 2022 with winners being revealed in February 2022. Gold and Silver winners and selected finalists will be exhibited at the AOP Showcase event in Spring 2022.  

This is your chance to be seen by leading commissioners and names within the photographic industry. 

Stills
A single image or series of images (2-5) can be entered.

Moving image
A piece of moving imagery up to 7 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. 

Innovation
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.

See below for last year’s Gold and Silver winners

2020 GOLD winner
Citizens of Nowhere by Zula Rabikowska

‘I wanted to imprint the journey of migration into the physicality of the image, and so I soaked my film rolls in English Channel salt water to mark the geographical identity of the British Isles,’ says Rabikowska. ‘This results in different degrees of distortion, which visually mimics the required process of “naturalisation” and the degree of erosion of immigrant identity’.

2020 SILVER winner 
Nomads by Joshua J Sneade

‘In tents and caves among the rocky landscape of the Moroccan High Atlas live a relatively small population of nomads. Their traditional way of life revolves around herding animals to provide food and to sell in nearby towns. In recent times, however, contact with these towns is offering enticing opportunities for the younger generations in the form of work and education. This means that, as more young people embrace static lifestyles, the number of nomads is dwindling.’

Prizes: Coming Soon!

Entry Fees
(All prices include VAT @20%) 

Entry November 2021 – 10 January 2022

Single
Members – £15.00
Non-members – £18.00

Series
Members – £30.00
Non-members – £36.00

Moving Image & Innovation 
Members – £30.00
Non-members – £36.00

Celebrating the very best in the new wave of photographers and image makers who have been practicing their craft for less than 3 years this special Open Project is open to members and non-members alike. We want to see your most amazing work. Interested in joining the AOP?  Click here to become an AOP member.

The AOP is a not-for-profit organisation run by photographers for photographers. All profits go towards providing support for photographers including lobbying, promotion of best practice and the worth of photography and photographers everywhere. AOP members enjoy discounted entry to the AOP Awards and Open Projects programme.

See below for a sample of 2020 Finalists or view the full Winners and Finalists Gallery here.

The AOP is a not-for-profit organisation run by photographers for photographers. All profits go towards providing support for photographers including lobbying, promotion of best practice and the worth of photography and photographers everywhere.

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