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Details on new programme of Photography Awards 2004

Details on new programme of Photography Awards 2004 - Details on a new programme of awards have been announced by Association of Photographers the leading body for professional photographers.

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PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS 2004 FROM THE ASSOCIATION OF PHOTOGRAPHERS AWARDS GALA MARCH 22ND EXHIBITION MARCH 25TH MAY 5TH

Four awards categories one new awards programme
Details on a new programme of awards have been announced by Association of Photographers the leading body for professional photographers.

The Photography Awards 2004 incorporates established awards such as the renowned AOP Photographers' Awards - celebrating its 21st year - and the AOP Fujifilm Assistants' Awards. This year, the awards will also see the introduction of two new categories - the AOP Bursary (only open to AOP members) a15,000 award for a special photographic project; and the AOP Zeitgeist which recognises outstanding photography in the fields of advertising, design and editorial.

The new, larger programme will allow the AOP to provide a more visible platform for the best photographic work - be it portraiture, still life, fashion or landscape - produced by its 1,800 professional members.

The winners of the Photography Awards 2004 will be announced at a gala event on March 22nd at Sadlers Wells and will be followed by an exhibition of all the winning images at AOP's Gallery from March 24th May 5th. For anyone with an interest in photography, the Photography Awards 2004 is beautiful, shocking, captivating, inspiring and altogether an exceptional body of work above all, it is the must-see event in the photographic calendar.

FOUR AWARDS CATEGORIES - ONE AWARDS PROGRAMME
For more than twenty years the AOP awards have been highly respected within the creative industries. By bringing all our programmes together on to a single platform we want to show a much wider audience the extraordinary creative contribution that photography brings to our culture. Comments Rod Varley, MD of AOP.
The ubiquitous nature of the camera detracts from the fact that photography is capable of producing staggering powerful communication, which for me is a good definition of great art. That is what the Photography Awards celebrate.

AOP Awards Night Sadlers Wells Theatre, March 22nd 2004
Exhibition Association of Photographers Gallery, March 24th May 5th 2004
AOP Awards Catalogue Available from AOP priced 35.00 (free to members)

THE AWARDS CATEGORIES AOP PHOTOGRAPHERS AWARDS
Launched in 1983, the AOP Photographers Awards has grown to become one of the highest accolades within the professional photographic industry with over 3,200 images submitted every year. Judged by a panel of industry professionals from commissioners to advertising agencies, the coveted gold, silver and merit awards are held in extremely high regard. Spanning nine categories from portrait to still life and landscape, previous winners have included Nadav Kander, who has shot campaigns for Nike, Amnesty International and Harvey Nichols.

AOP FUJIFILM ASSISTANTS AWARDS
The AOP Fujifilm Assistants Awards is open to all photographic assistants belonging to the AOP. The awards offer the opportunity to bring exposure to up and coming stars in professional photography. It is judged by a diverse panel of representatives from the photographic industry. Previous winners have included Sung Ma who went on to win the 2002 Velvia Bursary.

AOP ZEITGEIST
AOP Zeitgeist - one of the new categories in the Photography Awards 2004 highlights the best of the years photography from advertising, design and editorial. It is curated by a team of industry experts, including John Hegarty of BBH, David Stuart of The Partners and Marloes Krijnen of Fotografiemuseum Amsterdam.

AOP BURSARY
For the first time five photographers will be shortlisted for the 15,000 AOP Bursary. Designed to enable the recipient to broaden their horizons and challenge and stretch their expertise. The shortlist will be announced in the March issue of Image magazine and the winner will be announced on the awards night. The final project will be premiered in Image magazine in the autumn and will be exhibited at next years Photography Awards.

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