© 'Cons', Sam Armstrong. Non-Commissioned Object Single, AOP Photographers Awards 2012
The Association of Photographers has announced 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, including:
G-Technology hard drives
Hire of the Hasselblad studio including equipment
Bikinilists subscriptions and email credits
Production Paradise promotional packages
Manfrotto 055CXPRO3 tripod
Fujifilm X-series camera
The Call for Entries for both Awards will open at 10am, Monday 2 April 2013 and closes on the following date:
The Photographers Awards:
6pm Friday 10 May 2013
The Open Awards:
6pm Friday 31 May 2013
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.
For more information on the AOP Awards, including pricing and how to enter, visit the Awards website