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
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 - 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
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.