The Association of Photographers Awards 2020
The 36th annual Association of Photographers (AOP) Awards has announced that this years event will take place in October, with an online gallery showcasing all the shortlisted images, and on the 13th October 2020 the winners will be announced via an online presentation.
Each year the AOP Awards celebrates the best in established and emerging photography talent, making the annual event one of the leading events in the creative calendar. Members of the AOP are eligible for the Photography categories, whereas non-members are eligible for the Open Categories.
As part of the changing aspect of photography, moving images are for the first time allowed in each category, rather than being singled out for their own award. Also new for 2020 is the Emerging Talent Award – this award is a response to commissioners looking for new talent and it provides a platform allowing exposure to the creative industries. As this is a separate category it shines a light on the breadth of new talent and helps create a network of photographers and commissioners alike.
“The past six months has been a pivotal moment for the AOP as we have provided much needed and comprehensive support to the creative imaging community.
The warmth and positive feedback we have been receiving has made us more determined to amplify the work of those selected for this year’s AOP Awards to a wider global audience.
There was never a moment when we ever considered cancelling this year’s event. Instead we have given much thought to ways we can both achieve a celebration of excellence in image making practice and ensuring as many people as possible get to experience this amazing work.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank all our members, supporters, partners and especially those who entered.
Whichever way you choose to experience the AOP Awards 2020, you can be guaranteed that it will be brimming with exceptionally brilliant and awe inspiring work.” Seamus McGibbon, AOP CEO
The annual exhibition at Canary Wharf One Canada Square has also been rescheduled for January 2021.
All the finalists will be available to view at (www.aopawards.com) and will also be displayed in the lobby of One Canada Square next year (11 Jan – 26 Feb). Since the inception of Canary Wharf’s cultural master plan, the arts have played an important role in the development and success of the 128-acre Estate. Canary Wharf has one of the UK’s largest collections of public art, with more than 70 permanent works by over 50 world-renowned artists.
Awards and Curators
Lifestyle – Curated by Rachel Wickham – Senior Creative Producer – Prodigious London
Photojournalism – Curated by Karin Rehn-Kaufmann – Art Director & Chief Representative – Leica Galleries International
Portrait – Curated by Karen McQuaid – Senior Curator – The Photographers’ Gallery
Environment – Curated by Jane Record – Creative Director – Photography at BBC Creative
Still Life & Object – Curated by Kathy Howes – Freelance Senior Creative
Fashion & Beauty – Curated by Nick Knight – Image Maker & Creative Director – SHOWstudio
Food & Drink – Curated by Elisa Merlo – Photography Creative Director
Project – Curated by Daniel Moorey – Head of Photography & Illustration – adam&eveDDB
Anne Mannion – AOP Chair
Tim Flach – AOP President & Photographer
Emerging Talent Award
Katy Niker – Director – Katy Niker Ltd
About Association of Photographers (AOP)
Celebrating excellence in art and practice.
The AOP was formed in 1968, by photographers, for photographers. Originally named The Association of Fashion and Advertising Photographers it has continued to evolve into one of the most prestigious professional photographer associations in the world.
The AOP’s aims remain the same today as they were over 50 years ago: to support, protect and inspire its members and to vigorously defend and lobby for the interests and rights of all photographers.
Membership is open to all professional and assisting photographers working in the creative sector, as well as agents, service providers, educational establishments and companies working in the photographic industry. As well as our professional memberships we also offer alternate ways to join our community, for students and individuals simply wanting to learn more about this amazing industry.
About Canary Wharf Group
Canary Wharf Group plc has overseen the largest urban regeneration project ever undertaken in Europe, designing and building more than 16.5m sq ft of London real estate, which now houses local and international companies and renowned retailers.
The Canary Wharf estate is a major retail destination comprising around 1m sq ft across five shopping malls, including the award-winning leisure development, Crossrail Place, housing one of London’s most stunning roof gardens. It also has world-class, year-round arts and events programme offering over 200 diverse and culturally inspiring events performed throughout the Estate.
Canary Wharf’s new district, Wood Wharf, will provide up to 3,600 new homes, 2.8m sq ft of office space, 380,000 sq ft of retail space and over eight acres of public spaces, squares and parks. There will also be a GP surgery and a two-form primary school for 420 children.
Canary Wharf Group is a wholly owned joint venture between Brookfield Property Partners and the Qatar Investment Authority.
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