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37th AOP Photography Awards - Now Open

12 October 2021


© Kai-Uwe Gundlach

AOP Photography Awards 2021

Open to all AOP Accredited Photographer and Assisting Photographer members

Entries Open – Noon Tuesday 12 October 2021
Entries Close – midnight Monday 24 January 2022

The AOP Photography Awards are known as the Oscars of the photography world. They celebrate excellence in the creative photography and image making industry.

This year’s Awards will open in October 2021 and close in January 2022 with winners being revealed in February 2022. Gold and Silver winners and selected finalists will be exhibited at the AOP Showcase event in Spring 2022.

This is your chance to be seen by leading commissioners and names within the photographic industry.

As in previous years stills, Moving Image & Innovation can now be entered into each category.

  • You can enter a single or series (2-5) of images
  • You can enter a piece of moving imagery up to 7 minutes in length, demonstrating your understanding and skills within the medium. All entries in this category must reference whether the work is a collaboration with another artist be it a director, editor, colour grader, musician etc. or whether it’s the independent work of the photographer. You may wish to illustrate the creative use of technologies for example AR, VR, CGI or any other technique.
  • You can enter works of innovation with an example of excellence that illustrates the creative use of technologies and innovations in the production of still images. This can be AR, VR, CGI or any other technique
  • You can enter commissioned or personal work in all categories
  • You can win Gold and Silver in each category

The Association of Photographers Announces New CEO

4 October 2021

The AOP is delighted to announce that Isabelle Doran will be the new Chief Executive Officer of the Association of Photographers from 1 November. 
Isabelle brings a wealth of industry experience, knowledge and insight to the role and is extremely well-placed to build on the excellent work done by the outgoing CEO, Seamus McGibbon. All at the AOP are excited by the opportunities ahead. With over 20 years’ experience in the Creative Industries including in strategy, sales and leadership, Isabelle is well-suited to taking the AOP forward. The future is bright.

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Focus From The AOP, 30 September

Focus from the AOP

All good things…

This is it, the last introduction from me after more than seven years here at the AOP.

It’s been an amazing time working with such fantastic creative people. It hasn’t been easy at times, when is it ever? But it has been worth every minute.

The AOP has an important role to play in this mad world and has achieved so many amazing things. The last eighteen months highlights the importance of associations like ours in protecting and providing communities for creative professionals to share their knowledge and challenge preconceptions.  

You should all be very proud of what you have achieved with your AOP over the last few years.

My last day as AOP CEO was Friday 17 September, until our new CEO arrives, (more of that later), Nick will be looking after us all in his indomitable way.

Have fun, be good, and more than anything else, be productive. Don’t let anyone tell you what you can and cannot do, including at times that little voice in your ear. Get out there and do it.

See you around!


Images: Lobster © Richard Pullar, Zach + Rio One Year Later © Sophie Mayanne

Black Culture In Britain - AOP + Canary Wharf Group Open Project

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Black Culture In Britain | OPEN PROJECT

The Association of Photographers and Canary Wharf Group announce the winners of:
Black Culture in Britain. 

The Association of Photographers (The AOP) is delighted to announce the winners of the AOP and Canary Wharf Group Black Culture in Britain competition.

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Gold Winner, Leroy Logan by Mark Harrison

Black Culture in Britain is an AOP For All Open Project to celebrate this year’s Black History Month. Together with Canary Wharf Group we will be celebrating black culture both through images and the stories of the photographers who have taken them with Winners and Runners Up featuring in a special month-long exhibition at the Crossrail Place Roof Garden in Canary Wharf throughout October. 

In addition there are prizes of a £700 and £300 Canary Wharf gift card for the Gold and Silver winners respectively, as well as a year’s membership to the AOP. 

“AOP for All Working Group, whose cornerstone is to increase awareness of photographers of colour by making both them and their work more visible within the industry, have selected some amazing images that celebrate the diversity and spirit of Black Culture in Britain. The Group are proud, as is the AOP in general to be working with Canary Wharf Group to celebrate Black Culture in Britain through photography and photographers” Nick Dunmur, acting CEO, AOP.  

Almost 200 images were submitted in response to this theme and received from both established and emerging photographers. Presenting a glimpse of the creativity, beauty and strength to be found within the black community in Britain we are delighted to confirm that our Winners are: 

Gold Winner:  Leroy Logan by Mark Harrison.   
Silver Winner: Shakara by Latoya Okuneye.   
Runners Up 
Ben Okri by Marcus Lyon 
Chi by Kulbir Thandi 
A Veterans Road to Recovery by Michael Clement 
Welcome to The Ends by Brunel Johnson
Black Suffolk by John Ferguson
Shakara by Latoya Okuneye 

AOP Black Culture In Britain website page 
Please credit each photographer as the copyright holder. 
For more information about the AOP Open Projects and the AOP, please contact: 
Suzanne McDougall at or visit our website  

For more information about Canary Wharf Group, please contact: Press office at or visit 


Black Culture in Britain, Photography Exhibition:  Opens Friday 1st Oct – Closes Sunday 31st Oct. 

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AOP at Photo London 2021

Hello there and welcome to Photo London week,
Photo London 2021 is finally upon us and we here at AOP HQ are excited and ready for our first in-person event in what seems like a lifetime.

As Photo London will be one of my last events as CEO of the AOP, I wanted to reflect on the impact and vast reservoir of talent within our membership and showcase the amazing work that you do. Impossible to include everyone, but I'm confident the show we have put together will do just that. 

We have peppered this newsletter with additional images by our exhibiting photographers, to see the show you will have to come along or wait until it's over for the big reveal.

Come and say hi if you are attending and meet the full team including new members Chris Macklin and Suzanne McDougall. Not bought your ticket yet? Don't forget the 15% Off Member discount, details below.



Exhibiting Photographers

          © Philip Haynes, Move and Repeat, Curtis.                                           © Kristina Varaksina, Joanne and her son 
We have a fantastic line-up of work this year from across the AOP membership and they include;
Carol Allen-Storey, Martin Brent, Othello De'Souza-Hartley, Jillian Edlestein, Tim Flach, Philip Haynes, Karyn Louise (RUBYLDN), Sandra Lousada, Sophie Mayanne, Simon Norfolk, Richard Pullar, Richard Seymour and Kristina Varaksina.

Over the last few days across our socials but primarily on Instagram we have been showcasing additional work by each participating photographer and for those unable to attend, we will release our final exhibition selection in full after the show has ended.

AOP at Photo London 2021


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Amit & Naroop - Colour In The Creative Industry

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Max Kandhola Francis Augusto

Join AOP members Amit & Naroop for two new interviews in their series of talks with people from minority backgrounds discussing working in the image-making industry.
In their third interview Francis Augusto discusses his experiences as a black photographer working in the creative industry in Britain.
In the fourth, Max Kandhola discusses his journey from a young man looking for the path for his creativity, to his place as an accomplished professional photographer and educator.
You can these and other videos in the series on the AOP website 

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Through The World Deserves Witnesses, we asked you to present us with work that documents the beauty and poetry of the world, and celebrates those captured pivotal moments of history, or the fragility of our human condition through your own sensitivity and unique view.  

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GOLD Winner - Danny Burrows: Mim with her daughters at the baptism spring, Sannerz, Germany

We are now delighted to announce that the Gold and Silver Winners of the AOP and Leica Open Project are;  

GOLD - Danny Burrows       Mim with her daughters at the baptism spring, Sannerz, Germany 
Danny's winning image is taken from a long-term project entitled TOGETHER (A)PART, which documents the anbaptist Christian Community of The Bruderhof. The project will be printed as a book by GOST in the spring of 2020 to coincide with the centenary of the community.

SILVER - Jonny Seymour      Pensive man in a Ghat.
Jonny's photograph was also taken as part of a bigger long-term project documenting the lives of people who use the Ganges as a community hub for bathing, socialising and more.

Jason Heward, Managing Director – Leica Camera UK praised the number and calibre of entries received, commending the winner "... as someone who captured the sensitivity and intimacy of a moment.”

We congratulate our Runners-up and thank all those who entered and Leica Camera UK for sponsoring our inaugural Open Project.

Leica Open Project webpage

Link to original Newsletter here

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Focus from The AOP


Hello and welcome.

Once again we have a packed AOP Focus for you. This month we celebrate the finalists and winners of the AOP Student Awards 2021. It was an amazing competition this year, with some exceptional work. You will see the winning images throughout.  

We have a couple of reminders of two free competitions for members, and Matt Davis is the subject of this weeks In-focus feature.

We have lots planed for the autumn, including exhibiting at this year’s Photo London 9-12 September and launching the AOP Photography Awards later that month.

I would also like to say hi to Suzanne McDougall who has taken over as our Communications Co-ordinator and thank you to all those who have been in contact to wish me well for the future as I say goodbye as CEO after seven years at the Association.

All that’s left to say is to enjoy the rest of the ‘summer’ and recharge your batteries for a dazzling new school year!

Have a great weekend.


Read our Newsletter in Full here.

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AOP Student Awards 2021, Best in Show © Nico Froehlich 

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