Congratulations to AOP members
We would like to take this opportunity to congratulate and share some recent successes of AOP members with you:
FC Barcelona Photo Awards 2017
The FC Barcelona Photo Awards recognise shared positive values of sport and culture, as viewed through the lens of contemporary photography. The Barcelona Photo Awards highlight work that deliberately reflects the intrinsically positive values of sport.
The judges for this prize includes Vicente Todolí, former director of the Tate Modern, Azu Ngwabogu, founder and director of the African Artists’ Foundation (AFF) and Sandra Phillips, senior curator of the MOMA in San Francisco.
“Through the FC Barcelona Photo Awards and the use of photography as a platform for global connection, we want to become the first football club in the world to set up an initiative that links art and sport at the highest level of excellence.” - Carles Vilarrubí, Vice President of FC Barcelona
The winning image of FC Barcelona Photo Awards in the Individual Photograph category is part of Craig´s project named Sixteen, which addresses the lives, dreams, ambitions and fears of 16 year olds from various social backgrounds throughout the United Kingdom.
© Craig Easton, Sixteen, winner of the 2017 FC Barcelona Photo Awards
Craig Easton is a Scottish photographer who, through his works, explores identity and the sense of place. Within the best documentary tradition his work combines spectacular landscapes with intimate portraits, and contextualises his photographs by offering the protagonists of his portraits the possibility of expressing their own voice through handwriting that he incorporates into the final images. He will be presented with the €40,000 prize at a prestigious awards ceremony and exhibition opening in Barcelona in June.
European Architectural Photography Prize 2017
The bi-annual competition runs in Germany and is said to be the most prestigious award of its kind. The best 28 entries of the competition are selected by international and interdisciplinary experts and are showcased in an awards ceremony and touring exhibition. This year the awards ceremony will be held on 5th May in Frankfurt at the Germany Architecture Museum and the exhibition hosted by the DAM will run until 5th August before touring Germany and abroad.
Sally Ann Norman
Sally Ann, a location and architectural photographer based in Tyneside, was the only British Photographer to win this year's Distinction Award for the theme 'Borders’ with a series of photographs of hedges in Gateshead.
“Borders are topical at the moment on the world stage, I decided to stay close to home and stay cheerful and shot hedges in Gateshead … so in a small way, keeping Gateshead in Europe.” – Sally Anne Norman, 2017
© Sally Ann Norman, from a series of photographs that won Distinction Award for the theme 'Borders’
2017 Sony World Photography Awards
An AOP Student Photographer member at Edinburgh College, Jimmy stole the show at this years 2017 Sony World Photography Awards Open Categories, having two of his images selected in its Open Awards, one in the Motion category and the other in the Architecture category.
© Jimmy Reid, UK, Shortlist, Open Competition, Motion, 2017 Sony World Photography Awards
For a second year running Miriam has impressed the judges and has been nominated for the 2017 National Awards. A London based photographer with a particular interest in Portraiture, Miriam says, "I love the lighting the mood and just the endless possibility you have to make and amazing portrait of all different people. I have shot a range of different portraits, such as bands, Dj's, aspiring models, tattoo artists, fashion and character portraits..."
© Miriam Strong, Winner, New Zealand National Award, 2017 Sony World Photography Awards
Manchester born Robert Walker, started his own advertising studio age twenty before focusing his time on his own photographic work. Finding beauty in unlikely places, Walker has exhibited widely in the U.K, including National Portrait Gallery and Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, and has been selected for numerous D&AD and AOP Awards. We are delighted that Robert has been selected in both the Open Competition and 2nd place in the National Awards at this year's Sony World Photography Awards.
© Robert Walker, UK, Shortlist, Open Competition, Architecture, 2nd Place UK National Award, 2017 Sony World Photography Awards
Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year 2017
This highly competitive and prestigious award celebrates the very best in food photography and film from around the world with finalists benefiting from huge amounts of coverage of their work.
The winners were announced at a reception at the world-renowned Mall Galleries, London followed by a five-day public exhibition which closes tomorrow, Saturday 29th April at 5pm. Admission is free so if you haven't already visited the Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year 2017 Exhibition tomorrow is your last chance!
Tom Parker winner of the Politics of Food Award
Tom is one of the top travel and lifestyle photographers in the UK. He is in constant demand, shooting countless magazine covers and campaigns for editorial and corporate clients and is a contributing photographer for Conde Nast Traveller (UK & India), Departures US and Architectural Digest.
With a career established during the Asian Tsunami in 2004, when his photographs of the unfolding tragedy were used on the front pages of almost every international newspaper, Parker is renowned for capturing exquisite, iconic images of some of the most beautiful places on earth. Tom has shot in over 80 countries and last year alone, flew the equivalent of round the world five times.
© Tom Parker's winning image for the Politics of Food Award
David Loftus receives the Outstanding Achievement Award
For over 20 years, David has photographed over 100 books including all but one of Jamie Oliver’s international best-sellers. He has also directed television commercials including one of the most successful food ads of all time, for UK supermarket Sainsbury’s. He works with a range of advertising clients such as American Express, Dove, Fortnum & Mason, Nespresso, Pizza Express and Philips, to name a few.
In addition to his food photography, David has also shot fashion, portraits, landscapes and reportage for the likes of Red magazine, Conde Nast Traveller, Soho House, Collette Dinnigan, India Hicks and Pippa Middleton. He works closely with the digital photographic brand Hipstamatic and has developed the most successful downloadable camera pack to date – the “Loftus Lens”.
In 2010, Professional Photographer magazine named David the 65th most influential photographer of all time. In 2012, David published his first book under his own name, a recipe collection entitled Around The World in 80 Dishes.
"His pictures are simply outstanding, sweet and enchanting. Without question, he's one of the most prolific food photographers of the century." - Jamie Oliver
© David Loftus
Jessica Kelly and the future of photography
She won the Open Award while studying at university back in 2015, now she's graduated we caught up with Jessica to find out what she's been up to.
How did you first get into photography?
I first started shooting while I was in sixth form studying it as an AS Level. If I'm honest the real reason I decided to get into photography was because I have never been very academic and felt that photography would allow me to explore my creative side and enjoy practical based learning. Little did I know that I would end up absolutely loving it and wanting to do it for the rest of my life!
What are you trying to achieve with your work? How do you want your audience to react?
Through my work I would like to be able to build a relationship between the subject and the viewer, for a connection to be made through a similarity which the viewer never would of thought they would have with that particular subject. A reaction I would hope to get is intrigue, for them to want to learn more and also take with them a story captured within that shot.
How has your style changed since you began?
My style has changed dramatically in both subject and style. When I first started out I shot mainly nature and landscapes which were very basic and not very good to be honest. During my time at Uni I gained so much confidence with shooting and realised that my passion lay in photographing people. Although my style has always been very raw I feel that I now focus a lot more on my composition.
Tell us what you've been working on lately
I am currently working on a series which looks at Young Carers in the U.K. It is a subject that is very close to my heart and that I'm extremely passionate about.
Winning the AOP Open award in 2015 was a brilliant achievement for you, at the time you were in your second year at uni, what did winning do for you as a photographer?
Winning the AOP Open award in my second year at university was absolutely incredible. It gave me a huge boost going into my final year and pushed me to shoot even more and to also come out of my comfort zone and to capture subjects that would be more challenging. Following this I was over the moon to find out that my series Boys which I shot in my final year as my Final major project made it as a finalist of the AOP Awards 2016.
What’s next for you? What’s the dream?
As well as freelancing, I'm using this year to shoot a lot of personal work some of which I will be releasing very soon. Next year I will be completing a Masters in Documentary and Photojournalism which I hope will then lead to a job doing what I love!
What do you think the photography industry will look like in 10 years?
Who knows! Technology is constantly changing and improving, and with the way mobile phone cameras are going I'm sure that they will become the popular way amongst professionals to capture their shots which I think that's starting to happen already! \