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2019 Student Award Winners Announced

4 July 2019

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The winners of this years Student Awards have just been announced at the private view at Wex Photo Video in London. Celebrating the enormous talent among our Student members, read on to find out who the winners are of each category, the overall Best in Show along with Lecturer of the Year and Course of the Year. 

The exhibition which is sponsored by Fixation comprises all 55 finalist images, from the three categories People, Places and Things judged by Zelda Cheatle, Alicia Hart and Simon Norfolk respectively.

The 2019 Award winners were revealed in front of a 200 strong crowd, a mixture of finalists, press, agents and members.  AOP's Chair, Anne Mannion announced the winners with Course leader at Ravensbourne College and member of the AOP's Education Working Group Geraint Cunnick presented the winners trophies to the Course of the Year, Lecturer of the Year, each of the three Best in Category winners, and the overall Best in Show.

Many congratulations to Dominika Kreft for People, Paulina Soltysiak for Places and Elena Helfrecht for Things. Best in Show was awarded to Gianluca Urdiroz Agati.

Congratulations to Dinu Li (Falmouth University) for winning Lecturer of the Year, and Falmouth University: BA (Hons) Photography for winning Course of the year. 



© Dominika Kreft. Best in Category - People



© Paulina Soltysiak. Best in Category - Places


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© Elena Helfrecht. Best in Category - Things



© Gianluca Urdiroz Agati - Best in Show, People Category


"I like the generosity of this picture, I think all three of us did. It has an intimacy in the gesture of the hand and in the boys eyes, a look that says he is wise beyond his years. It’s life-affirming without being syrupy. A simple story well told." Simon Norfolk

The exhibition runs until 31st July at Wex Photo Video, 37-39 Commercial Rd, Whitechapel, London E1 1LF


Click here to view galleries of the exhibition.


2019 AOP Student Awards sponsor:

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AOP Student Award print partners


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