AOP Awards and Expo

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The annual AOP Photography Awards returns in December, but with a difference. This year, The Association of Photographers has partnered with New Events Ltd to launch a joint Awards and Expo event, which will take place at The Business Design Centre in Central London from 11 to 13 December 2014.


The new venture will take the shape of a three-day industry trade fair, which will include an exhibition of winning images from the Awards amid a 50-exhibitor strong trade show. Approximately 200 images will be on display across two floors in The Gallery Hall, alongside stalls showcasing cutting edge photographic equipment, services and technology.

“We have been working closely with the board at The AOP on the floorplan and we have come up with a great arrangement where industry and art will come together in a unique ‘fusion event’,” says Rob Saunders, director of New Events Ltd.

The annual Awards Ceremony will take place during the trade show on Thursday 11 December. AOP members were invited to enter 21 categories, which included ‘Commissioned Advertising Series’, ‘Commissioned Editorial Series’, and ‘Non-Commissioned Portraits Single’. ‘The Open Award – Stills’, and ‘The Open Award – Moving Image’ (new for this year), were open to all photographers.

Returning this year are the single and series Assistants Awards.

Curators of the 2014 Awards include: Sarah Thomson, head of art production at Fallon London; photographer Rankin; Miles English, creative director at Red Bulletin; photojournalist Tom Stoddart, and photography consultant, Susie Babchick, among others.

“The AOP Awards have always been a landmark event in the photographic year and our relationship with New Events Ltd will allow us to move forward with confidence,” says Steve Knight, chair of The AOP. “They are specialists in staging prestigious, large scale events and I’m sure The AOP Awards and Expo ’14 will be a huge success. These are exciting times for The AOP with many new initiatives either planned or already underway, and a revitalised Awards is a key part of our future plans.”

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