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Launch of the 2013 AOP Awards

The Association of Photographers is excited to announce the launch of this year’s Awards programme. As it’s 30 years since the Photographers Awards first began, the Association has recognised this landmark date by transforming the Awards programme.

Charlie Thomas, Awards Manager, has been at the heart of the planning process, explains the format this year’s Awards will take;
“The Photographers Awards will be a more focused format, with a range of categories in single and series but with no distinction between commissioned and non-commissioned. One exciting addition for this year is a special 30th Anniversary Lifetime Achievement Award, voted for by the AOP membership. After the Awards presentation and party, the Photographers Awards exhibition will be open to the public over several days in the East End of London.” This extension gives commissioners and visitors with busy diaries more flexibility to see the work.

The Students Awards and Assistants Awards will be consolidated into the AOP Open Awards, exhibiting at the same venue as the Photographers Awards but with a separate identity, exhibition, presentation and party. The AOP are encouraging all Assistant and Student members (and non-members) to enter this carefully refocused scheme and in recognition of the change will be creating Best Assistant, Best Student and Best Photographer member awards within the Open, with some fantastic prizes for the winners (see below for more details).

The AOP Awards are sponsored by a number of high-profile photographic and creative organisations within the industry. 
The Call for Entries for both Awards will open at 10am, Monday 2 April and closes on the following dates…

The Photographers Awards:     6pm Friday 10 May‚Ä®
The Open Awards:                     6pm Friday 31 May

The Photographers Awards
Open to AOP Photographer members, the Photographers Awards is still regarded as the original and the best Photographic Awards in the industry. Being selected for entry into the Photographers Awards book and accompanying exhibition is considered one of the highest accolades available to professional photographers in the industry today.

The Open Awards
Open to everyone, members and non-members, the Open Awards has no categories or themes but recognises all forms of outstanding imagery shot by professionals and amateurs alike.  Within the Open Awards this year, there is a huge range of prizes on offer.  Prize packages will be given to:

•    Best in Show
•    Public Choice Award
•    Best Photographer Member
•    Best Assistant Member
•    Best Student Member

Prizes include…
G-Technology hard drives, hire of the Hasselblad studio including equipment, Bikinilists subscriptions and email credits, Production Paradise promotional packages, onOne software, Manfrotto 055CXPRO3 tripod, Blinkbid software and a Fujifilm X-series camera amongst others!

PLUS, each successful entrant to both Awards can take advantage of a brilliant print deal at Metro Print.

During the first two weeks of the Call for Entries of each Awards, there will be an Early Bird discount on entry prices.  After 6pm Friday 12 April, the regular prices will apply for non-members, however there will be a continual discount for AOP members.  All details of prices can be found on www.the-awards.com.   

For further information about this year’s awards, including regularly updated latest news, prizes, benefits and our sponsors please visit www.the-awards.com. The judging panels, which are comprised of today’s top industry figureheads, will be announced shortly.

Headline Sponsors:
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Notes to editors
1  For a more information on all the AOP Awards has to offer please see awards.the-aop.org. The AOP’s awards season takes place throughout October comprising of the Photographers Awards and Open Awards.

2  The AOP is a membership based organisation comprised of professional photographers, agents, assistant photographers and students as well as affiliated colleges and companies. Its mission is: "To promote and protect the worth and standing of our members, to vigorously defend, educate and lobby for the interests and rights of all photographers in the photographic profession."

3  The Association of Photographers was originally formed in 1968 as the Association of Fashion and Advertising Photographers (AFAP, although it later became AFAEP when editorial photographers were embraced). In 1993 the Association changed its name to The Association of Photographers.

For press images, latest news and further media opportunities contact Charlie Thomas:

E: awards@aophoto.co.uk  
T: +44 (0)20 3327 7208



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