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AOP Photographers Awards 2010
The AOP is delighted to announce the launch of the Call for Entries for the 2010 Photographers Awards – the most respected and prestigious competition for professional photographers worldwide. The deadline for online entries has been EXTENDED to midnight on Sunday 11th April
There are a great many photography competitions out there nowadays but the Photographers Awards is still regarded as the original and the best – a celebration of exceptional work by the industry’s elite. Building on this foundation, for 2010 we have introduced some bold changes to the Awards format to provide a more contemporary feel to the whole competition, while maintaining its distinguished heritage.
First, we have rescheduled the dates so that this year the Call for Entries commences in January, online entry opens in February, judging takes place from May to July and the exhibition is held during October, when the winners will be announced and the Awards Book will be launched.
Secondly, we have introduced a range of brand new categories (across Commissioned and Non-Commissioned work) including Innovation, which opens the Awards up to CGI and moving image, fields in which our AOP photographers are becoming increasingly involved.
As always, the competition is open to Full and Provisional Members of the Association of Photographers but this year, in a radical departure from the customary format, we have included a non-Member category, open specifically to commissioners of photography. The Best Commercial Use of Photography category will actively encourage industry creatives to get involved and will be judged in three sections: Advertising, Design and Publishing.
A full list of this year’s categories is below – we are sure that there is something here for everyone and that they will provide some fresh challenges to the whole industry!
Commissioned Advertising Innovation
Commissioned Design Best Commercial Use of Photography – Advertising
Commissioned Editorial Best Commercial Use of Photography – Design
Commissioned Documentary Best Commercial Use of Photography – Publishing
Finally, the online entry system will modernise and simplify the whole submissions process. Online entry opens on Monday 8th February and the deadline is midnight on Sunday 28th March. This year we have also reduced the entry fees across the board so that despite the rise in VAT it costs less to enter the competition than last year, plus if entrants submit their work by Sunday 21st February they can take advantage of our early-bird discount offer which gives them an extra reduction of around 15%.
While the above changes represent a movement away from the usual format, we have taken every step to ensure that the core values of the competition remain the same. As always, all the work will be judged by a team of respected industry professionals and overseen by a Chairman who will ensure that the process is fair and just, factors that have traditionally upheld the reputation of the competition.
The judges will, of course, be looking for images that convey beauty, creativity, technical skill and originality and all entrants will have the opportunity to win Best in Category. The winners will be announced in October 2010 when all the selected work will be showcased in the exhibition and the Awards Book, offering major exposure to art buyers and the creative industry as a whole. The selected entrants will also have an extensive presence on the Awards website www.the-awards.com.
Notes to editors:
Now in its 27th year, the AOP Photographers Awards is regarded as THE Awards competition within the photographic industry. Being selected for entry into the Awards Book and accompanying exhibition is considered to be one of the greatest accolades available to professional photographers, thus raising their profile with valuable contacts in the creative world.
The competition is run by the Association of Photographers Ltd (AOP) which is a not-for-profit trade association for commercial photographers, founded in 1968. Its aim is to promote and protect the worth and standing of its members and to defend and lobby for the interests and rights of all professional photographers. The Association also provides information services, education programmes, exhibitions and publications to support these activities.
Contest Prize & TERMS
COPYRIGHT: No copyright is transferred to the AOP in respect of any works entered or accepted. Successful entries will be reproduced in the Photographers Awards Book 2010 and IMAGE magazine, and may be used in various publications in connection with the these Awards, which may include the internet, CD-ROM or other electronic media. The AOP and the sponsors of the Photographers Awards reserve the right to display, reproduce and publish in any media, any successful entry, without payment, until 31st July 2011, for the sole purpose of promoting and publicising the Photographers Awards. The AOP also reserves the right to display all the successful images on the Awards website for an indefinite period UNLESS any photographer specifically requests otherwise for their work. Entrants in the Best Commercial Use of Photography category must have permission from the client and photographer to submit the work. In all other categories of the competition, the entrant shall be deemed to warrant that: they own the entire copyright in the work. If the work is commissioned it is submitted with the permission of the licensee and/or copyright owner(s). All necessary model releases and clearances have been obtained. Any clearances necessary under the Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1988 (as amended) have been obtained. The entrant undertakes to indemnify the AOP and the sponsors of the Photographers Awards in respect of any breach of the above warranty.
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