© John Buchanan. AOP Student Awards 2020, Things.
The AOP Student Awards are a celebration of the best in photography amongst students, helping to provide that all-important step up to the professional arena. By supporting new emerging talent, the Awards are an opportunity to get a first look at the potential stars of tomorrow.
Join our host, Geraint Cunnick, Course Leader at Ravensbourne University, London and a host of special guests including: AOP President and world-renowned photographer Tim Flach; Judges Julia Fullerton-Batten, People; Laura Noble, Places; and; Lee Smith, Things.
The celebrations kick off at 15:00 Thursday 9 July.
The AOP Starting Out Conference is a week-long series of talks and workshops on the professional working side of the UK photography industry. We are back with talks by leading photographers and names in the industry, covering everything from copyright and business planning, to marketing, promotion and more!
Below is our complete schedule for the week.
Starting Out 2020 Student and Graduate Conference
Monday 6 July - Amit & Naroop
Monday 6 July, 11:00 - 12:00
Amit & Naroop
Amit & Naroop kick start our week's talk with a discussion on their own practice. The talk will cover:
Amit and Naroop have been working together since 2003.
With no formal training, they perfected their craft with constant experimentation using friends to pose for them and set up their first studio in Amit’s living room. Shooting music artists, their names quickly spread and a year later they bought their first studio in West London.
Having made a name for themselves in the music industry, they moved on to editorial, then advertising, known for their cool yet versatile approach to creating imagery.
With exhibitions in London, L.A and New York, their Sikh Project received global recognition, and in 2019, they released their best selling book Turbans and Tales, documenting the creation and images from the project. Amit and Naroop have shot campaigns for brands including Adidas, Xbox, Sky, Samsung and Huawei.
Tuesday 7 July - Kim Pappas, Process Agency
Tuesday 7 July, 11:00 - 12:00
Kim Pappas, Director of the Photographic Agency Process will introduce the role of an agency. Looking at what an agent does, what to expect from an agent & how to go about getting one! Kim will also look at ways that you can connect with the industry, including promotional ideas as well as advice on how to communicate and present yourself.
Kim Pappas, Process Agency
I've been an agent and running my agency Process for the last 20 years. I've been fortunate to rep some amazing talents.
I love the challenge of not only driving my own business but in collaborating with and getting to know our photographers and staff. I'm super proud and passionate about the agency and really hope that we can pull through this very difficult challenging and unprecedented time.
During lockdown my colleague Emma Hayes and I organised The Print Assembly a charity initiative to raise funds for Refuge who support victims of domestic abuse. We rallied our friends in the industry and persuaded 102 photographers to donate their work. It was a small seed of an idea that grew and grew and with the wonderful generous support of the photographic community we’re thrilled to have raised 90k for Refuge. I thoroughly enjoyed curating the stunning collection of work and developing the idea collaboratively with Emma, Studio Thomson and MPrint.
I'm looking forward to moving things on and seeing how we’ll develop and grow in coming months.
Wednesday 8 July - Lu Howlett, Head of Art & Photographic, Iris Worldwide
Wednesday 8 July 11:00-12:00
Iris Worldwide – how an agency works and who works in an agency
Lu Howlett discusses the role of Ad Agencies, and will dive into the agency creative development process leading to commissioning work.
This talk will cover the following topics:
- Integrated Ad Agency Model
- Who's Who and Who does What
- The Production Process: Client Briefing to Creation Process
Lu cut her teeth in the UK ad industry during the noughties at some of London’s most prestigious establishments. Lu is a continued dedicated follower & champion of photography. At her heart sits a strong commitment to supporting artists throughout the production process, with an ever present focus on equal opportunity & sustainability.
Thursday 9 July - Student Awards Winners Presentation
Thursday 9th July, 15:00 - 16:00
Find out the winners of the 2020 AOP Student Awards in this special Awards web presentation. Geraint Cunnick, Chair of the AOP Education Working Group will be hosting this Zoom webinar, where we will be announcing the Gold and Silver winners of the People, Places, and Things categories, as well as the Best In Show, Course of the Year and Lecturer of the Year.
Friday 10 July - Nick Dunmur & Emma Taylor
Friday 10 July
Creative consultant, Emma Taylor, and AOP business and legal adviser and photographer, Nick Dunmur discuss the ins and outs, the ups and downs and the pitfalls and positives of producing commissioned work and what steps you can take to make yourself as bullet-proof as possible along the way.
Nick Dunmur is the AOP’s business and legal adviser and has also been a professional photographer for over 30 years. This experience, along with some legal training & formal study has given him an ideal vantage point from which to provide support, guidance and advice to AOP qualifying members and to the AOP as a whole. Having also been on the Board, means he’s got an excellent understanding of the AOP, its members and the challenges we all face.
Emma Taylor is founder & director of the Creative Advice Network. Taylor offers support to both creative individuals and companies within the photography, advertising, and design sectors. She visions herself as the Creative Mary Poppins.