The AOP 2016 Awards Exhibition & Programme: Launching 13/10/16

The Association of Photographers (AOP) will announced all 21 winners of the 2016 Photography Awards at a presentation party at the Old Truman Brewery this Thursday 13 October 2016

AOP Awards logo

All 276 finalist images and moving image entries from the Photography and Open Awards, as well as 2016 Student Awards will be exhibited during the event with 900 party guests receiving their copy of the 2016 AOP Awards Book on the night.

The Awards exhibition will be open to the public from Friday 14th until Monday 17th October with free admission for all.

Alongside the exhibition, The AOP’s Beyond the Lens festival celebrates all things photography. The packed programme includes talks, workshops, activities, live demonstrations and one to ones. Find below, the full programme with details of who has curated the Awards exhibition, and who has judged the Photography and Open awards this year.


All weekend 

Bikinilists offer free marketing consultancies to photographers searching for new clients, promoting their work to art buyers in advertising, editorial and brands – over the whole weekend, head to their stand for a chat.

Friday 14 October 10am-5.30pm

Try out Hasselblad’s revolutionary new X1D digital medium format mirrorless camera with a special live shoot.

Main Stage

11.00am: The Ever Diminishing Value of Photography Award winning photographer Cambridge Jones tells us about his staggering career, plus the pitfalls of working for free.

12.15pm: Letting Go of the Camera: Cherryduck MD and AOP Chairman James Vellacott leads a panel discussion on making the transition from stills to video

1.00pm: The Britons: Editorial and portrait photographer Peter Dench, currently working on The Dench Dozen: Great Britons of photography with Hungry Eye, will talk about British identity and humour in photography. 

1.45pm: Photo Cycles: How to Position Yourself in the Current Environment: Beth Taubner’s seminar will reveal the emotional, psychological and analytical underpinnings as to why you need to be a brand, how to transform your career based on your own emotional centre, and how the marketplace really sees you.

3.00pm: Importance of Personal Project Work: Emma Taylor will be joined by photographers Dylan Collard and Jonathan Knowles along with Sarah Williams, Head of Art Buying at M&C to discuss why personal projects are so important to agents and commissioners.

4.00pm: Making the leap into the Art World: Laura Noble explores how the art world differs from commercial photographic practice, and discusses how to sell work to galleries, with a focus on editioning print terms, how to present work online and in a gallery context.

Business and Copyright talks workshops 
Nick Dunmur, professional photographer and business and legal adviser to AOP members, will run the following workshops:

11.00am and 2.00pm: Interiors, architectural and fashion and lifestyle photographers, the repeal of section 52 of the CDPA affects you, come along to this workshop and gain a greater understanding of this recent change in legislation and the implications for your practice.

12.30pm and 3.30pm Best business practice: Minimise risk and find out what paperwork you actually need for running a professional photography business.


Saturday 15 October 10am – 5.30pm 

Tintype photoshoot: Throughout the day the winner of 2015’s Commissioned Design Series category Tif Hunter will demonstrate the tintype photographic process taking portraits of members of the public 

Main Stage

11.00am: In Fashion? Fashion photographer and curator of Non Commissioned Fashion in this year’s Awards Perry Curties talks about his inspirations. He will also explain how photographers works alongside the fashion industry so that ideas remain fresh from season to season.

12.00noon: The Photographers’ Dining Club lunchtime takeover: Bring a picnic and join us and our special guests Rhiannon Adams and Tif Hunter, as we delve into all things Analogue with everything from Film, Instant and Tintypes.

2.00pm: Understanding What Your (Potential) Clients Want Cherryduck Business Development Director Kim French explains how agencies and brands measure the success of their visual campaigns and some simple steps you can take to be as informed as possible when going into complex projects.

3.00pm: Influencer Marketing The Freelancers’ Club will discuss Influencer Marketing in this practical seminar, touching on the importance of having a strong profile as well as photographic ability.

4.00pm: Amit & Naroop Expect more inspirational work, advice and encouragement from the AOP photographer duo Amit and Naroop as they talk about their work and explain how they have made such an amazing impact on the photography scene.

Sunday 16 October 10am – 5pm

Main Stage

11.00am: Nadav Kander London-based photographer extraordinaire Nadav Kander is known for his portraiture and landscape work. He will show us what inspires him as well as discussing his work.

12noon: Exhibiting Photography: Alex Schneideman founder of Flow Photographic shares his secrets and wealth of experience in putting on breathtaking photography exhibitions

1.00pm: Winners panel: Ian Potts of the Miss Jones Agency talks to winners of this year’s Awards

2.45pm: One Second of Light: Award winning photographer, writer, documentary maker, public speaker and trustee of the charity EMERGENCY Giles Duley will discuss his amazing body of work and his moving new book and exhibition One Second of Light.

Monday 17 October 10am – 4pm 

11am-3pm: AOP One to Ones: Your chance to book a one to one session with a series of industry experts including agents, art buyers, lawyers, brand strategists, producers, photographers, media trainers, business, insurance and financial experts and more, to look at your portfolio or discuss any issues you may have with your photography work.


Laura Noble of LA Noble Gallery has curated the 2016 Awards exhibition. Laura is a curator and Director of L A Noble Gallery and wrote The Art Of Collecting Photography.

Laura curates and lectures on all aspects of collecting photography, and professional and gallery practice, and is a regular visiting lecturer at Sotheby’s Institute in London. As an avid collector, Laura prides herself on discovering new talent and writes extensively on photography in numerous journals worldwide.

Exhibition opening times are:

Friday 10am-5.30pm

Saturday 10am-5.30pm

Sunday 10am-5pm

Monday 10am-4pm

T1, first floor of the Old Truman Brewery

Brick Lane, London E1



Commissioned Advertising Single/Series

Andy Taylor – Executive Creative Director at Iris Worldwide

Commissioned Design Single/Series

Stuart Radford – Creative Director at The Partners

Commissioned Editorial Single/Series

Piers Morgan – Journalist

Non-Commissioned Portrait Single/Series 

Terence Pepper – Photocurator and exhibition organiser, previously Head of Photographs at National Portrait Gallery

Non-Commissioned Life Single/Series 

Kirstie Johnstone – Creative Production Partner at AMV BBDO

Non-Commissioned Environment Single/Series 

Laura Noble – Director at L A Noble Gallery

Non-Commissioned Objects Single/Series 

Henny Manley – Photo Director of Esquire UK

Non-Commissioned Fashion & Beauty Single/Series 

Perry Curties – Co-Founder of 125 Magazine


It’s Nice That – Creative Arts blog


The Open Awards 

Open Award Single/Series 

Bruno Bayley – Editor of Vice magazine

Moving Image

Nick Moran – Director, Actor & Producer












The AOP 2016 Awards Exhibition & Programme: Launching 13/10/16