AOP Awards – deadline extended

The Association of Photographers have extended their deadlines for the 2013 AOP Photographers and Open Awards. Entries close at 6pm Friday 31 May.

© ‘Cons’, Sam Armstrong. Non-Commissioned Object Single, AOP Photographers Awards 2012

The AOP is a membership based organisation comprised of professional photographers, agents, assistant photographers and students as well as affiliated colleges and companies. Its mission is: “To promote and protect the worth and standing of our members, to vigorously defend, educate and lobby for the interests and rights of all photographers in the photographic profession.”

Being selected for the Book and Exhibition is a great achievement to professional photographers and offers major exposure to commissioners and the creative industry as a whole. In addition all selected entrants will have an extensive presence on the Awards website.

Charlie Thomas, Awards Manager, has been at the heart of the planning process, explains the format this year’s Awards will take:

“The Photographers Awards will be a more focused format, with a range of categories in single and series but with no distinction between commissioned and non-commissioned. One exciting addition for this year is a special 30th Anniversary Lifetime Achievement Award, voted for by the AOP membership. After the Awards presentation and party, the Photographers Awards exhibition will be open to the public over several days in the East End of London.” This extension gives commissioners and visitors with busy diaries more flexibility to see the work.”

The Photographers Awards

Open to AOP Photographer members, the Photographers Awards is still regarded as the original and the best Photographic Awards in the industry. Being selected for entry into the Photographers Awards book and accompanying exhibition is considered one of the highest accolades available to professional photographers in the industry today.

The Open Awards

Open to everyone, members and non-members, the Open Awards has no categories or themes but recognises all forms of outstanding imagery shot by professionals and amateurs alike. Within the Open Awards this year, there is a huge range of prizes on offer. Prize packages will be given to:

• Best in Show
• Public Choice Award
• Best Photographer Member
• Best Assistant Member
• Best Student Member

Prizes include…

G-Technology hard drives, hire of the Hasselblad studio including equipment, Bikinilists subscriptions and email credits, Production Paradise promotional packages, onOne software, Manfrotto 055CXPRO3 tripod, Blinkbid software and a Fujifilm X-series camera amongst others!

PLUS, each successful entrant to both Awards can take advantage of a brilliant print deal at Metro Print.

The selection of judges this year include…

Roger Tooth – Head of Photography at the Guardian
Stephen Ledger-Lomas – Senior Agent at M.A.P and Photographic Director at Port Magazine
Anderson & Low – Photographic Partnership
Rob Crane – Creative Director at 125 Magazine
Ben Burnett – Director of ATLAS Gallery
Emma Bowkett – Photo Editor at FT Weekend Magazine
Jeff Stark – Director
Ben Gibson – Director at London Film School

…and many more!

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