The winner of the Fashion Single category and overall winner taken by Arthur Woodcroft.
The AOP (Association of Photographers) Assistants Awards winners were announced last night at a ceremony at the AOP Gallery in London where seven Winners, seven Merits and an AOP Assistant of the Year were awarded.
Arthur Woodcroft has been crowned the very first AOP Assistant of the Year, after achieving entries in the Still Life and Fashion categories with one Winner award and two Merits. As part of his prize he wins a years comprehensive camera insurance from Towergate Camerasure, a commissioned job from MOT Models and studio time at the Street Studios in London.
The other winners in the AOP Assistants’ Awards 2008 were:
- Winner Portrait Single - Douglas Kurn
- Winner Life Series - Paul Richardson
- Winner Fashion Single - Arthur Woodcroft
- Winner Landscape Single - Simon Hanna
- Winner Interiors and Architecture Series - Richard Joyce
- Winner Still Life Series - Chris Jelley
- Winner Project - Helen Burrows
- Merit Portrait Single - Andy Barker
- Merit Portrait Series - Dominic Hawgood
- Merit Fashion Series - Arthur Woodcroft
- Merit Interiors & Architecture Series - Mike Whelan
- Merit Still Life Single - Mark Griffiths
- Merit Still Life Series - Arthur Woodcroft
- Merit Project - Tom Hull
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. 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 launched at last night’s ceremony.
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 please visit the AOP website.