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Student Awards now open for business

5 March 2015

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We’ve opened the doors on our 2015 Student Awards!

This year the we’ve partnered with innovative London prolab and art printer, theprintspace who will be hosting the Awards ceremony and exhibition this summer. 

Our friends from Holborn Studios will provide a day’s free studio hire including a professional lighting set-up for the overall winner. Further prizes will be announced shortly. 

The Awards carry four briefs, each set by a leading professional photographer, they are:

Social media: Animal conservation, set by Tim Flach

Create a cover photograph/background image for the social media platform of an organisation involved in animal conservation or rescue.


Product shots: Sense, set by Richard Maxted

Photograph props (clothes, shoes, books, records, etc.) from a Sense charity store. The aim is to surprise the viewer when they learn that the props came from a charity shop.


Brand Image: Charity, set by George Logan

Create a single image to highlight and promote a cause or charity that is important to the photographer. The image should be suitable for a marketing campaign.


Sunday supplement cover, set by Wendy Carrig

Shoot an eye-catching portrait suitable for the cover of a Sunday newspaper supplement. 

Many photographers put their current success down to winning an AOP Award, both in terms of publicity and recognition amongst their peers. The Student Awards offers an excellent springboard for an aspiring photographer. 

The Awards are open to all students who are studying a course that includes photography as a part (this may not necessarily be a full-time photography course). All images are submitted via the AOP’s website - - the Awards close on April 30 2015.

There is an entry fee of £5.00 per image for AOP Student Members, whilst non-members pay £7.50 for each image submitted. Membership is free for those at AOP Affiliated Colleges or £25 for those who are not. For further information on becoming an AOP Student Member please go to

Open membership update

3 February 2015

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Our newly launched Open Membership is proving a real hit with photographers with new sign-ups each day.

This new membership category is for those looking to participate and compete in the photographic world at a professional level, or those simply interested in professional photography, but who are not ready for a Full Photographer Membership.

The long list of benefits attached to being a Open Member make the annual fee of just £82.50 (plus VAT) a real bargain.

For full information go to

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Latest Image out now

The winter edition of our Image Magazine App is now available to download.

It’s a bumper issue with a special feature on advertising photography and extended coverage of our Awards.

To get your copy click here

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AOP Awards winners

There’s a gallery of all the winners from our Awards here
There’s also a video of all the finalists and winners here

Take a look and hopefully get some inspiration for 2015.

The Awards gained some excellent media exposure including a five page spread in last week’s Sunday Times Magazine – valuable promotion for the featured photographers and the AOP as a whole.

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Online exhibition now live

Our latest online exhibition features the work of Peter Dazeley.

The folio of 16 images captures the memorabilia of Reggie and Ronnie Kray – a remarkable personal record of two infamous characters from 50’s and 60’s London.

Reggie’s bayonet, knife and artist’s paint set plus Ronnie’s cigarette case, sawn off shotgun and his famous glasses are all included.

Go to to view the exhibition.

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Illustrated talk on Dazeley’s Unseen London

On Wednesday 18th Feburary, we have a small panel of industry professionals ready and waiting to give you their invaluable advice and constructive opinions on your portfolio. Each Assistant is given ten minutes of one-on-one time with each critic; some of the names already confirmed include Charlotte Morgan, Lisa Pritchard, and Germaine Walker!

Have your portfolio ready and book yourself a place. It's advisable to book early as spaces are very limited.

Fee (incl. VAT):  £15 AOP Assistant Members   

                         £25 non-members

Wednesday 18th Feburary 6:30pm - 9pm at Studio 7, Holborn Studios, N1 7ED

Click here to book a place.

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Unseen London - an illustrated talk by Dazeley

Unseen London is one of this year’s most beautiful books, with photographs by AOP member Dazeley. This illustrated talk is a unique opportunity for you to be taken backstage at some of the capital’s great theatres, into the changing rooms of some of our greatest temples of sport, into the heart of the Establishment, the boiler room of the city’s infrastructure, and behind the scenes at some of the most opulent buildings in the Square Mile.

Dazeley has kindly agreed to give the talk in his own studio in Fulham. He will discuss his photographs of these buildings - some derelict, but many still working; each is described in the book with a thoughtful text by Mark Daly, which tells the story of how each of these places was created and how they are used. The locations for Unseen London were photographed over a period of four years; for Dazeley, as a photographer, it was a joy to be able to share images of his wonderful city.

Book you place here 

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The AOP has announced the winners of its prestigious Photography Awards.

This year the Association merged the Photographer, Assistant and Open Awards into one bigger AOP Photography Awards creating ‘a true celebration of the cream of photography’. 


The winners were:

The Open Award – Moving Image – Paul Rees
The Open Award – single image – Matthew Murray

The Assistant Award, sponsored by The British Journal of Photography
·      Single – Josh Redman
·      Series – Emma Townsend

Non-Commissioned Portraits, sponsored by Bikini List
·      Single – Sam Barker
·      Single  - Cristian Barnett 
·      Series – Sam Barker

Non-Commissioned Life
·      Single – Philip Haynes
·      Series – Julia Fullerton-Batten

Non-Commissioned Environment
·      Single – Gary Bryan
·      Series – Philip James

Non-Commissioned Objects
·      Single – Carol Sharp
·      Series – Michael Harvey

Non-Commissioned Fashion & Beauty, sponsored by Image Magazine
·      Single – Bernd Opitz
·      Series – Julia Fullerton-Batten

Project – Noel McLaughlin

Commissioned Editorial
·      Single – Gavin Kingcome
·      Series – Dan Burn-Forti
Commissioned Design
·      Single – Richard Wadey James
·      Series – Paul Calver

Commissioned Advertising, sponsored by Direct Photographic
·      Series – George Logan
·      Single – Maak Roberts

Steve Knight, Chair of the AOP made this comment: “This year it has been extremely difficult to pick the best in category because the quality has been so exceptionally high. Our curators have done an amazing job, providing us with some beautiful and striking images, which are displayed in our finalist’s exhibition, free for people to visit at the AOP Photography Awards and Expo at the Business Design Centre, Islington up until 4pm on Saturday 13 December.”
A gallery of finalist’s images can be viewed here

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