The AOP Assistants’ Awards awards are designed to showcase and award the next generation of professional photographers, with all the winners and the AOP Assistant of the Year are to be announced on Tuesday 3rd June at a ceremony at the AOP Gallery, London.
The AOP Assistants’ Awards were first introduced in 1990 to recognise the potential of the AOP Assistant Membership, and since then have showcased thousands of images from hundreds of up-and-coming photographers. Regularly, assistant members move up within the AOP first being spotted in the Student Awards, then the Assistants Awards before winning at the AOP Photographers Awards.
“I feel that the AOP Assistants’ Awards are one of the hardest photographic competitions to get into. Our assistants have to juggle a career as an assistant with trying to test and create stunning images that will launch them into the photographic industry.” Richard Maxted, AOP President 2008
Many changes have been implemented to the Assistants Awards this year. For the first time in five years they have been separated from the Photographers Awards and form their own exhibition and independent book – both to be launched on Tuesday 3rd June. There were more categories than ever before which resulted in over 1,000 entries from around 100 Assistant photographers. The five judges had a very difficult task to select the 102 images which made it into the final exhibition and deliberations went on much later than expected due to the incredibly high standard of entries.
“If this is the work of so-called assistants then I urge their photographer employers to watch their backs. The high level of quality and creativity of the work in the book and exhibition is both surprising and inspiring”. Tony Bell, Observer Magazine
The industry judges for 2008 were:
- Tony Bell - Observer Picture Desk
- Dylan Collard – AOP Photographers Awards Gold winning Photographer
- Perry Curties - Editor in Chief, 125 Magazine
- Natasha Freeman - Art Director & Photographic Production
- Skye Graham - Photographer’s Agent
For more information about this and other AOP awards please click here.