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Winners of the AOP Student Awards 2017

6 July 2017

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Thanks to everyone who made Tuesday's Student Awards ceremony and party a roaring success. The standard of work was exceptional, the judges had a really tough time shortlisting the entries. All 60 finalist images were exhibited at leading creative agency Mother, in the spectacular space Downstairs at Mother, in Shoreditch. Thanks to Flow Photographic who printed the entire collection so beautifully.

The winners were announced by the AOP team in front of a 250 strong audience, which included the three Student Awards curators Rachell Smith, Howard Kingsnorth and Karl Taylor, many agents, tutors, photographers and press.

Huge congratulations to all finalists, and especially the winners: 

Best in Show Hannah Fishwick, University of Hertfordshire

Best in Category, People, curated by Rachell Smith: Anna Baylis, City of Bristol College

Best in Category, Places, curated by Howard Kingsnorth: Andy Wasley, London College of Communication

Best in Category, Things, curated by Karl Taylor: Michael Duckworth’ University Centre Blackburn

AOP Course of the Year: BA (Hons) Photography at Cleveland College of Art & Design

AOP Lecturer of the Year: Jon Lee, BA (Hons) Professional Photography, Edinburgh College


Anna Baylis 34SAB 22784 65214

©Anna Baylis, 2017 Student Awards Best in 'People' category


Andy Wasley 34SAD 23306 66208

©Andy Wasley, 2017 Student Awards Best in 'Places' category 


Michael Duckworth 34SAC 22498 64711

©Michael Duckworth, 2017 Student Awards Best in 'Things' category 


Hannah Fishwick 34SAB 23096 65724

©Hannah Fishwick, 2017 Student Awards Best in Show


Thanks to Plastic Sandwich for their generous prize of a bespoke portfolio for the Best in Show winner, (winner selects the size, leather colour, orientation & choice between 2 standard fonts for name deboss) and also for the 25% discount for all Best in Category winners.

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Thanks also to Big Sky Studios for their brilliant prize; 5 day work experience and your own shoot at their studios. During the week you will work with the lighting department, shadow the studio assistants, and on the last day you will have a studio to make your own work. 

Big Sky Studios


Other prizes include days shadowing a curator, portfolio and career advice sessions, online workshops, work featured both in the Awards Book and online exhibitions, AOP Awards tickets, copies of Beyond the Lens and the Awards Book. 


2017 Student Awards main sponsor is Fixation


Fixation Nov 2016


2017 Student Awards print partner is Flow Photographic


Flow Photographic 


2017 Student Awards party bar was sponsored by Williamson Carson


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