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Congratulations to AOP members

16 May 2017

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

Craig Easton
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

Three of our photographers have made waves in the 2017 Sony World Photography Awards. Winners were revealed on 20th April, and will be showcased at Somerset House in London The Sony World Photography Awards & Martin Parr - 2017 Exhibition until 7th May. If you wish to pop along we have arranged a special AOP discount. 

Buy your tickets here and receive 20% off by using code AOP20.

Jimmy Reid 

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

Miriam Strong 
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

Robert Walker   

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 


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