Friday 05 April 2019 – Media Release
The Association of Photographers (AOP) Awards 2019
The AOP Awards gather together the best of the best in the photography world to celebrate the captured image. Now in its 35th Year, the Awards are seen as the Oscars of the photography world and this year have had over 2,000 entries in the various categories, a 15% rise on last year.
With the Photography Awards only open to members of the AOP, anyone is eligible to enter the Open Awards, making it a great starting point for new and upcoming talent. A first for 2019, the “Innovation” category highlights the use of technology to make images, reflecting the changes in the industry as a whole.
Tim Flach, AOP President: “The 2019 Awards have seen higher entry levels than in previous years. One of the big events we had last year was the AOP50 retrospective which was at One Canada Square, and we are very proud to have been invited back to showcase our Awards, where we expect to receive as many as 50,000 visitors over the 7 week period.
We have seen many more entries into the Moving Image category this year, along with the introduction of a new category, Innovation, which accommodates areas such as AR and VR for example. These are a true reflection of our changing industry.”
Returning to last year’s AOP50 exhibition venue, the images will be displayed in the lobby of One Canada Square for seven weeks from Monday 15 April, making this year the longest running public exhibition in the Awards’ history.
Seamus McGibbon, AOP Executive Director “This year’s curators have had a very hard task on their hands making their selection of finalists from the thousands of entries received, their dedication and passion has shone through, resulting in an exceptional selection of finalist images. We look forward to revealing the winners of each category at our Awards Presentation Party in May.”
All 240 finalist images will be on display for the public to view free of charge, and the winners will be announced at a special event on 14th May in the East Wintergarden in Canary Wharf attended by 1,000 people, with a book featuring all the images unveiled on the night.
The exhibition will go on show in April as part of Canary Wharf’s ongoing temporary exhibition programme. 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.
For more information on the event at Canary Wharf, please visit: www.canarywharf.com
List of awards categories and their curators
Lifestyle – Sponsored by Broncolor, Curated by Rhiannon Reid, Head of Production, 24 Productions
Photojournalism – Curated by Jillian Edelstein, Photographer and Documentary film maker
Portrait – Sponsored by Fixation, Curated by Portrait Salon
Environment – Sponsored by Fujifilm, Curated by Jane Briers, Creative Director, mcgarryhowen
Still Life & Object – Curated by Kristie Girvan, Head of Production, The Corner London
Fashion & Beauty – Sponsored by MOT Models, Curated by Clara Mercer, Communications Director, British Fashion Council
Food & Drink – Curated by Helen Parker, Co-Founder & Executive Producer, Another
Project – Sponsored by Direct Digital, Curated by Ben Nash, Deputy Head of Creative Production, Karmarama
The Discovery Award – Sponsored by Direct Digital
Stills – Sponsored by Lumix, Curated by Fiona Shields, Head of Photography, The Guardian
Moving Image – Sponsored by Lumix, Curated by Paul MacKay, Director of Photography, BAFTA
Innovation – Sponsored by Stanley’s Post, Curated by Matt Beveridge, Executive Director and Co-Founder, Pebble Studios
STUDENT AWARDS 2018
Sponsored by Fixation
Showcasing the 4 winning images from the Student Awards 2018
People: Curated by Lulu Ash
Places: Curated by Jason Hawkes
Things: Curated by Kelvin Murray
Monday 15 April – Friday 31 May
Lobby, One Canada Square
For further information and images, please contact:
Canary Wharf Group plc
T: 020 7418 2166
Notes to Editors:
About Association of Photographers (AOP)
The Association of Photographers was first formed in 1968 as the Association of Fashion and Advertising Photographers and is one of the most prestigious professional photographers’ associations in the world.
The Association’s aims remain the same today as they were almost 50 years ago: to promote and protect the worth and standing of its members, to vigorously defend, educate and lobby for the interests and rights of all photographers, especially in the commercial photographic industry.
Membership is open to Professional and Assisting Photographers working in the creative sector, Agents, any individuals working in the photographic industry, those starting out in the profession, those in education and anyone with an interest in professional photography.
Our members’ work is published worldwide in magazines, newspapers, books and advertising campaigns. Many members produce work as fine art, sold and collected through traditional galleries and online.
The Association brings professional photographers together and provides a sense of community that is simply unavailable anywhere else. We promote the highest levels of achievement and we lobby for our members’ interests at all levels.
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 Group is a wholly owned joint venture between Brookfield Property Partners and the Qatar Investment Authority.