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Mike Whelan wins AOP Assistants Awards - AOP Assistants Awards Winners are announced and Mike Whelan is awarded 2009 Assistant of the Year!

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The judges of the AOP Assistants Awards chose Mike Whelan as Assistant of the Year as well as handing out 9 Winners and 11 Merits in other categories. The prize for Mike is a commissioned job with MOT Models, £1000 worth of insurance from Towergate Camerasure as well as much more!

Press Release:

The winners of the AOP Assistant Awards were announced last night at a packed Prize Giving Ceremony at the AOP Gallery in London. The Judges awarded 9 Winners and 11 Merits plus the Assistant of the Year Award, which went to Mike Whelan for his Ad-Sites Project.

Mike won a selection of fantastic prizes including a commissioned job with MOT Models, £1000 worth of insurance for a year with Towergate Camerasure, equipment hire from Direct Lighting / Metro Imaging, a day’s studio hire from Street Studios with free lighting and a portfolio critique by Angela Woods and Melissa Bones from Hothouse.

The panel of Judges loved the concept behind Mike’s Project and photographer Tara Moore commented, “Mike’s project had everything: originality, humour, technique and composition. It was a pleasure to judge!” Mike also won a Merit in the Interiors & Architecture Series category.

The AOP Assistants Awards were launched in 1990 to recognize the potential of the AOP Assistant Membership and showcase the next generation of professional photographers. Regarded by the industry as the most prestigious awards programme for photographers’ assistants, they have over the years promoted thousands of images from hundreds of up-and-coming photographers. This year saw a record number of entries and, as always, the standard was exceptionally high so it was a difficult task for the Judges to select the final 87 images that make up the 2009 exhibition, showing at the AOP Gallery from 6th – 16th October.

The full list of Award Winners is as follows:

Rob Vanderplank – Portrait Single
Benedict Morgan – Life Single
Matt Davis – Landscape Single
Graham Thorp – Landscape Series
Matthew Brodie – Fashion Single
Marie Absolom – Fashion Series
Wilson Hennessy – Still Life Single
Rob Vanderplank – Still Life Series
Mike Whelan – Project; & Assistant of the Year

Ben Meadows – Portrait Series
Andrew Simpson – Life Single
Alexander Steiner – Landscape Single
Matthew Farrand – Landscape Single
Wilson Hennessy – Landscape Series
Mike Whelan – Interiors & Architecture Series
Matthew Brodie – Fashion Series
Wilson Hennessy – Still Life Single
Charles Emerson – Still Life Series
Simon Hanna – Project
Tom Hull – Project

The 2009 competition was judged by a panel of seven top industry professionals:
  • Paul Belford - Partner & Creative Director, This is Real Art
  • Alexandra Bortkiewicz - Director of Photography, Alamy
  • Choi Liu - Art Buyer, M&C Saatchi
  • David Land - Editorial Director, EC1 Publishing Ltd
  • Ed Robinson - Photographer
  • Tara Moore - Photographer
  • Angela Woods - Photographers’ Agent
The studio space for the Judging day was provided by Street Studios and all successful entrants were given the opportunity to use theprintspace to produce their exhibition prints at a discounted price. The AOP would like to congratulate all the exhibiting photographers and to extend its sincere thanks to the 2009 Prize Sponsors and everyone who has supported the Assistants Awards over the past 20 years.

For more information please visit The Awards website.

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