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AOP Student Awards finalists revealed

24 May 2016

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© Daniel Bari, Finalist, Student Awards 2016

We are pleased to announce that after judging over 1,200 entries, leading photographers Nigel Harniman, James Eckersley & Paul Hill have picked the 55 finalist images for this year’s AOP Student Awards on the themes of Things, People & Places.

You can see a full gallery of all Student Finalist images here: 

AOP Student Awards partner theprintspace, London’s prolab, art printer will host the winners' exhibition at their gallery in Hoxton, London from 28 July-9 August 2016.  The winners will be announced at a ceremony party on 28 July where the three ‘Best in Category’ and one overall ‘Best in Show’ winner will be announced.

There is still time to enter the AOP Lecturer of the Year and AOP Affiliated Course of the Year. These celebrate the wealth of teaching talent and courses that are available to students, and are designed to complement the three photographic awards. 

To make a nomination please download the document below or email Flo at

The deadline to get your applications in is Thursday 30 June. We will present the winners at the AOP Student Awards ceremony on 28 July.    

To coincide with the Awards the AOP will once again host its Young Photographers' Conference on 28th July at Holborn Studios, sponsored by Direct Photographic. With practical, informative talks aimed at graduates and those who want to kick-start their careers in professional photography. Full details will be published soon.


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Repeal of Section 52

27 April 2016

The government announced last week that they have finalised their response to the consultation on the transitional arrangements for the repeal of Section 52 of the CDPA 1988.

Their position is as follows;
The repeal of Section 52 will occur on 28 July 2016.
The depletion period will run up until 28 January 2017 - a miserly 6 months.

94 responses were received, of which the AOP's was one and despite an overwhelming majority of objections to the shortened timescales, it is obvious that the IPO has ignored those representations.

The repeal of Section 52 of the CDPA 1988 has implications for anyone using 'designer' items (i.e. industrially manufactured artistic works where more than 50 copies have been made) in their photographs that fall outside the incidental inclusion exception in copyright. Any interiors, still life and fashion photographers using industrially manufactured artistic works will need to take particular note, of both work they currently have available for license (library/stock) and work they might make in the future.

There is a government advice document available here 

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AOP Awards 2016

The AOP Photography Awards remains the most prestigious photography competition worldwide.  This year marks the 33rd year of the awards.
Call for entries opens on 21 April 2016.
The winners will be announced at the presentation ceremony party which will take place on 13 October at The Old Truman Brewery in Brick lane. The exhibition will be open to the public from 14-17 October with a busy programme of events and talks also taking place alongside the exhibition. 

Curators confirmed so far are Nadav Kander, Nick Moran and Piers Morgan. More to follow. 
New for 2016
Building on the success of last year we have some changes and additions planned:
We are introducing the AOP Discovery Award. Assisting Photographer members will be eligible to enter the Photography categories, going head to head with our Photographer members. This will enable us to discover and nurture new talent within our assisting photographer membership, and offer those who are selected the opportunity to become Photographer members. This will be a great way to attract new up and coming assisting photographers to join the AOP.    
There will be Early Bird discount for those who enter between 21 April and 20 May. Those who enter between 21 May and 30 June pay standard price for entries. There will be a late surcharge for all entries between 1 and 7 July. We hope this will enable entrants to plan when they would like to enter. There will be staggered closing dates - the Photography categories will close in early July and the Open categories in early August. Those who do not make the final of the Photography categories may resubmit their image into the Open, if they wish. 
These Awards include the Photography Awards & Open Award, with the following categories: 
The Photography Awards 
Commissioned Advertising Single
Commissioned Advertising Series
Commissioned Design Single
Commissioned Design Series
Commissioned Editorial Single
Commissioned Editorial Series
Non-Commissioned Portrait Single
Non-Commissioned Portraits Series
Non-Commissioned Life Single
Non-Commissioned Life Series
Non-Commissioned Environment Single
Non-Commissioned Environment Series
Non-Commissioned Objects Single
Non-Commissioned Objects Series
Non-Commissioned Fashion & Beauty Single
Non-Commissioned Fashion & Beauty Series
The Open Awards 
Open Award Single
Open Award Series  
Moving Image
21 April – Call for Entries opens for Photography & Open awards
20 May – Early bird discount for Photography and open awards ends
30 June – Photography Awards deadline   
7 July – Photography Awards Late Entries deadline (Open categories remain open)
7 August – Open awards closes
13 October – Awards Party at The Old Truman Brewery (evening)
14-17 October – Exhibition and programme of events & talks at The Old Truman Brewery
Main sponsors so far confirmed include: 

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Congratulations to AOP member Franz Pagot

A Reason to Leave won Best Drama at the National Film Awards at the Porchester Hall in London last night and leading members of the cast and crew, including AOP member Franz Pagot were there to receive the award and join in the celebrations. Other films nominated in this category included The Lady in the Van, MacBeth, The Danish Girl and 45 Years.

Receiving his award, Norman Gregory the film’s Director said: “It has been an incredidble few weeks, first the North Wales International Film Festival and now we have won Best Drama at the National Film Awards against such phenomenal opposition. It’s good to know that the lack of budget doesn’t stop you telling a good story. It is wonderful to share the award with all those who worked so hard on the film and deserve the recognition.” 

A Reason to Leave is a tragic redemption story set in Dorset and Tuscany. It stars Mark Wingett and Claire King who is currently in Coronation Street, supported by Alice Bird, Simone Spinazzè and Jack Brady. The film was conceived whilst Norman Gregory was completing his Masters degree as a mature student at Bournemouth University.

The National Film Awards celebrate the achievements of established and independent film makers in the United Kingdom, USA, South America, Africa and Australia. 

For more information read the article on the National Film Academy website here

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Student Awards 2016 Closed

A BIG thank you to everyone who has taken part and entered in to this years Student Awards.

The deadline has now passed & the entry portal is now CLOSED 

We will be announcing those selected for the exhibition in May.



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