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AOP STUDENT AWARDS 2020: Winners Announced

9 July 2020

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Originating in 1981 the Association of Photographers (AOP) Student Awards celebrates the very best of emerging talent from students of photography. 

Today the AOP celebrated this enormous talent among students at a virtual presentation of the 2020 AOP Student Awards.  The online exhibition at comprises all 60 finalist still and moving image entries from the three categories of; People, Places and Things judged by leading industry professionals Julia Fullerton-Batten, Laura Noble & Lee Smith.


© Nancy Mead. GOLD - AOP Student Awards 2020 - Things Category

The 2020 Award winners were revealed in front of a virtual audience of finalists, press, agents, commissioners and members. World renowned photographer and AOP President, Tim Flach introduced the Awards commenting, 

“These Awards were founded nearly 40 years ago and the AOP remains committed to developing emerging talent as they represent the future of our industry.  It’s more important now, than ever, to give the next generation of photographers the exposure and support that they will need to progress.”

The presentation was hosted by Geraint Cunnick, Course leader, Digital Photography, Ravensbourne College and member of the AOP’s Education Working Group who announced the winners of: the AOP Course of the Year and AOP  Lecturer of the Year along with the overall Best in Show. Each of the Gold and Silver winners were announced by the curators of each category.

Many congratulations to the winners:
People Category: Gold went to Jayne Jackson, Silver went to Natalia Krezel.
Places Category: Gold went to Elizabeth Woodger, Silver went to Jade Ward.
Things Category: Gold went to Nancy Mead, Silver went to Ruby Burgess.
The overall Best in Show was awarded to Elliot Caunce whose work is the competition’s first overall winner for a work of moving image.

Congratulations also to Paul Wenham-Clarke, MA Commercial Photography, Arts University Bournemouth for winning Lecturer of the Year, and University of Gloucestershire: BA (Hons) Editorial and Advertising Photography for winning Course of the year.


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© Jayne Jackson. GOLD - AOP Student Awards - People Category. From a series of 4.


© Elizabeth Woodger. GOLD - AOP Student Awards 2020 - Places Category, Moving Image.



© Natalia Krezel. SILVER - AOP Student Awards 2020 - People Category


Copy of IMG Series Ruby Burgess 3

© Ruby Burgess. SILVER - AOP Student Awards 2020 - Things Category.


Copy of IMG 10921 Jade Ward

© Jade Ward. SILVER - AOP Student Awards 2020 - Places Category.


© Elliot Caunce. BEST IN SHOW. AOP Student Awards 2020 - People Category, Moving Image.


Head over to the Awards website to view all 60 finalists images here

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