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The Association of Photographers (AOP) has just announced this year’s Awards programme. “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,” Awards Manager Charlie Thomas said. “One exciting addition for this year is a special 30th Anniversary Lifetime Achievement Award, voted for by the AOP membership.” The submission period will open at 10am, Monday 2 April and closes on 6pm, Friday 10 May (Photographers’ Awards) and 6pm, Friday 31 May (Open Awards). During the first two weeks, there will be an Early Bird discount on entry prices. After 6pm Friday 12 April, the regular prices will apply for non-members, however there will be a continual discount for AOP members.
AOP Press Release
Launch of the 2013 AOP Awards
The Association of Photographers is excited to announce the launch of this year’s Awards programme. As it’s 30 years since the Photographers Awards first began, the Association has recognised this landmark date by transforming the Awards programme.
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 Students Awards and Assistants Awards will be consolidated into the AOP Open Awards, exhibiting at the same venue as the Photographers Awards but with a separate identity, exhibition, presentation and party. The AOP are encouraging all Assistant and Student members (and non-members) to enter this carefully refocused scheme and in recognition of the change will be creating Best Assistant, Best Student and Best Photographer member awards within the Open, with some fantastic prizes for the winners (see below for more details).
The AOP Awards are sponsored by a number of high-profile photographic and creative organisations within the industry.
The Call for Entries for both Awards will open at 10am, Monday 2 April and closes on the following dates…
The Photographers Awards: 6pm Friday 10 May?
The Open Awards: 6pm Friday 31 May
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
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.
During the first two weeks of the Call for Entries of each Awards, there will be an Early Bird discount on entry prices. After 6pm Friday 12 April, the regular prices will apply for non-members, however there will be a continual discount for AOP members. All details of prices can be found on www.the-awards.com.
For further information about this year’s awards, including regularly updated latest news, prizes, benefits and our sponsors please visit www.the-awards.com. The judging panels, which are comprised of today’s top industry figureheads, will be announced shortly.
Photo © ‘Cons’, Sam Armstrong. Non-Commissioned Object Single, AOP Photographers Awards 2012