Three of my black and white street photos were nominated for the Spider Awards, and one managed to get a “Honourable Mention”, which is all quite exciting.
There was a fabulous buzz around the Old Truman Brewery on the opening night of the AOP Annual Awards. The quality of work on display was quite remarkable – not only from the Main Awards but also from the Open Awards, and the AOP Assistants Awards too. I had a lovely warm feeling from seeing my print on the wall with so many other great images (it might also have had something to do with the free beer).
The Awards themselves were presented by BBC London broadcaster Robert Elms (who sadly had his bike stolen from outside the BBC that day!) who called photographers “thieves of light, Wizards and alchemists”, and said it is a tremendous thing “to be able to salute the professionals of this industry”. You can watch a video of the Awards presentation here (my image flashes up on screen around 9:34 if you’re interested).
Next up is the Portrait Salon exhibition which is taking place at The Embassy Tea Gallery in London from November 19th – 22nd. I’m overseas for the opening night but will back in time to make it to the exhibition.
So it goes that you can’t have success without failure. Having written recently about not making it into the Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize, I received an e-mail from the Association of Photographers (AOP) saying that I had been selected as a Finalist for the 32nd Annual AOP Awards. If I whooted, I would whoot, whoot at this point, but I don’t, so I won’t, but I am really rather pleased.
Judging was done on digital images and I’ve had to submit a print for the exhibition. This has been made rather easy by the AOP collaborating with The Print Space, where I uploaded my file, The Print Space print it, and they keep it for mounting.
The Awards Presentation evening takes place at The Old Truman Brewery in London on Thursday October 8th, and I guess the combination of awards evening and brewery should make for a lively affair. The exhibition of the finalists prints will open on the night and will run until the 11th October, alongside ShootLDN and as part of The Old Truman Brewery’s Photoblock, before the exhibition goes on a tour of the country. There is also a printed book of all the finalists images.