Announced to a packed audience at the prize-giving on 27 May, the winner of the coveted AOP Student Photographer of the Year 2009 award, sponsored by Canon, is Özant Kamaci.
Özant’s series of images, depicting aeroplanes in trees, plays with notions of scale. The series captured the judges’ imagination and they were impressed by his quirky concept.
Özant Kamaci receives a package of prizes to launch his professional career, including a double page spread in the AOP Photographers Award book, an EOS 5D Mark2 kit with EF24-105mm LIS Lens from our sponsor Canon, plus extensive press coverage. He will also gain hands-on experience when he assists an AOP Photographer of his choice on a shoot. As if that isn’t enough, we may also use his winning images to promote the AOP Students Awards and AOP Student membership in the following year.
This year the judges awarded two Merit prizes and each receive a Canon IXUS 85is. The merit winners are Philip Haynes for his series of images in the Lifestyle & Portrait Category and Laura Liebnitz for her detail shots in the Still Life Category. Judge Siobhan Squire was impressed by the quality of work in this year’s awards, commenting: “An overwhelming amount of work was submitted. Some excellent entries…a real pleasure to have seen such a great selection of new talent.
The Association of Photographers is very proud of the AOP Students Awards, and the 90 selected images will be on show at the AOP Gallery, London EC2, from May 27th until June 5th 2009. The Student Awards Book will be launched at the Awards night and available to purchase at the gallery.
For more information please visit the AOP Awards