Call for entries as the Association of Photographers launches three photo competitions

© Pete Thompson

The Association of Photographers (AOP) has just launched three competitions with deadlines for entries in mid-April and throughout May. So there’s plenty of time to check the specs and the T&C and enter work.

I was on the judging panel for the Student Photographer of the Year Award this year with four other judges and have offered six-months mentoring for the winner as, from what I have observed and experienced, making the transition from student to pro can be difficult and it’s good to have some support. I will be reflecting on the actual judging process for the Student Awards  in a later post, once the winner has been announced at the opening of the exhibition tonight. There are some common mistakes people make when entering, ones that can be avoided quite easily with a bit of time and effort.

In the meantime, here are the details for the AOP Awards:

The Assistants Award
Open to AOP Assistant members. The Assistants Awards aims “to showcases the best imagery from the next generation of professional photographers”.

The Photographers Award
Open to Full & Provisional AOP Photographer members, with a special category for Commissioners of Photography and two Moving Images categories

The Open Award
As the name implies this award is open to everyone, members and non-members, There are no categories or themes but the competition “recognises all forms of outstanding imagery shot by professionals and amateurs alike”.

Assistants Awards
15 April at 18:00

Photographers Awards
3 May at 18:00

Open Awards
20 May at 18:00

This year, The Photographer’s Awards has a smaller judging group, a panel of three where at least one of the categories they’re judging is their specialism. Both the Assistants and Open Awards panels have an experienced and eclectic mixture of industry professionals on the panel.For a full list of judges, see more.

© Pete Thompson

Commissioned Advertising & Design
Ray Massey – Photographer (Group Chair)
Mark Roalfe – Executive Creative Director-RKCRY&R
Sanky Sankarayya – President of D&AD

Commissioned Editorial & Documentary
Ray Massey- Photographer (Group Chair)
Monica Allende- Picture editor of the Sunday Times Magazine
Simon Norfolk – Photographer

Moving Image (commissioned & non-commissioned)
Gary Shaw – Cinematographer
Philip Bloom –DP, Director, Filmmaker
Dominique Green – Film & Photography Consultant-Photovoice

Non-Commissioned Portrait & Life
Maxine Hose – Art Buyer – Leo Burnett (Group Chair)
Zed Nelson – Photographer
Lou Proud – Head of Photography-Phillips de Pury

Non-Commissioned Object & Environment
Maxine Hose – Art Buyer – Leo Burnett (Group Chair)
Jenny Van Sommers – Still life Photographer
Tim Simmons – Landscape Photographer

Best Commercial Use of Photography & Non Commissioned Project
Patrick Burgoyne – Editor – Creative Review (Group Chair)
Zoe Whishaw – Commercial Photography Consultant
Richard Reed- Co-Founder/Director of Marketing-Innocent Drinks

AOP Assistants Awards Judges 2011
Marion Thibaudot-Art Buyer-DLKW Lowe
Henrik Knusden -Photographer
Kelvin Murray -Photographer
Kate Edwards -Picture Editor-Guardian
Sky Trayler –Agent-Trayler Trayler

AOP Open Judges 2011
Rhiannon Davies – Advertising & Corporate Manager-Magnum
Diane Smyth-Deputy Editor- BJP
David Sykes–Photographer
Jim Naughten–Photographer
Ed Webster-Creative Producer-4 Creative

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