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Student Awards 2016 Deadline Extension

3 February 2016

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Student Awards 2016

The AOP are really pleased to let you know that we are EXTENDING the deadline! You now have until 31st March, 5pm to get your entries in!

Remember the categories are 'People', 'Places' & 'Things', as well as the two new awards 'Lecturer of the year' and 'Course of the year'. Make sure you have a read of how to enter each one, and get your entries in before the 31st March!

We have had some wonderful prize announcements so far including:

  • Hire of the new Phase One digital XF IQ3 50 MP Camera system from Teamwork Digital for 3 days!
  • One days free studio hire, including professional lighting from Holborn Studios
  • One weeks exhibition on the AOP Website

Make sure you are subscribed to our weekly student mailout to get the most up to date announcements, interviews & news! All the past issues can be read here.


New 2016 survey results on social media sites and metadata

28 January 2016

The IPTC has just published the results of the latest survey on Social Media platforms and their ability (or not) to preserve image metadata. The results of the survey are available here <> and make for disappointing reading - not a huge amount has changed since the last survey three years previous to this and in one or two cases, the situation has got worse.

There is also an IPTC Press Release here <>

Behance passes with flying colours as a network that preserves all image metadata but is unique in this position. Of some concern is the revelation that users of Dropbox will find that a 'Save As...' command on the image will strip image metadata. Only a Download of the image will preserve embedded metadata. This is a backwards step from 2013, when this was last tested, so Dropbox users - be aware!

We encourage all to look at the results and weigh up the risks of using the various platforms. We would also like as many of you ass possible to help raise awareness of this survey by tweeting/re-tweeting posts that point to these pages listed above.

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What did the Student Awards 2015 do for you?

It gave me the opportunity to meet and introduce myself to photographers whose work I admire. I met photographer Phil Haynes who I assisted not long after the awards. He won an AOP award as a student, seeing what he’s achieved since and getting to work with him was a great inspiration. Most recently I’ve been assisting photographer Wendy Carrig who judged the category I entered at the Student Awards; working with Wendy and her team has been a brilliant learning experience and she has given me some great words of advice and encouragement. The student awards was the first time I had exhibited work since graduating, the exposure the competition gave has encouraged me to really start getting my work out to a wider audience. The project I entered images from has exhibited at three galleries as a result of the Student Awards, having people interested in this series has given me confidence and self belief in the style of work I want to produce.


Are there any new projects you are working on? 

I’m actually just finishing working on the final few photographs from the project I entered into the Student Awards. I plan on focusing on portraiture and one particular project I’m particularly keen on is a portrait series on women in male dominated sports. I made a small start on this project a while back but never finished it and I think what with the Rio Olympics next year now more than ever is the right time to continue it. 


Any advice you would give to those entering this year?

Keep it simple and don’t overcomplicate, a minimalist approach where less is more has worked best for me. Develop a project you have a personal interest in, photograph a subject or idea with your own unique take on it, something visually compelling, and research into the judge of the category you’re entering, see what style of work they may be interested in. At the end of the day there will always be a few photographs that stand out from the hundreds you end up shooting, ones you distinctly remember, enter those.  


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