Association of Photographers 2020 Award winners unveiled

The winners of this years Association of Photographers (AOP) Awards have actually been revealed, with striking images throughout a number of categories.

image copyrightLewis Khan

The AOP was formed in 1968 and promotes, protects and informs professional photographers of all levels.
Lewis Khan was called gold winner of the Open Award for his series of images entitled Theatre, photographed at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, London.
With extended and extraordinary access to frontline NHS workers, Khan worked thoroughly amongst top-level scientific scenarios and treatments.

image copyrightLewis Khan

He also focused on the lesser-seen elements of the medical facility: cleaners, visitors, staff rooms and bed bays.
” From surgeons, scrub nurses and matrons to some of Europes leading oncology consultants and their clients, Theatre is a study of the individuals that comprise the health center, and the fabric of their environment,” stated Khan.
” As the NHS continues to be a subject at the heart of British political dispute, it is a prompt celebration of the institution and the individuals count on by the British population every day.”

image copyrightLewis Khan

Kristina Varaksina was named Open Award silver winner for her image of Yana (listed below).

image copyrightKristina Varaksina

” I hope this work motivated individuals with all kinds of skin, body and hair conditions to be more confident, along with it inspires all of us to see everybodys special beauty,” stated Varaksina.
Here is a selection of other winning images from this years awards, with descriptions by the photographers.

Emerging Talent, Gold winner: Citizens of Nowhere, by Zula Rabikowska

image copyrightZuzanna Rabikowska

I shot portraits of myself, my sis and my mother in our family house in East London.
I wished to imprint the journey of migration into the physicality of the image, [] drenched my film rolls in English Channel salt water to mark the geographical identity of the British Isles.

Emerging Talent, Silver winner: Nomads, by Joshua J Sneade

image copyrightJoshua J Sneade

In camping tents and caverns among the rocky landscape of the Moroccan High Atlas, there lives a reasonably small population of nomads.
Their traditional way of life focuses on rounding up animals to offer food and to offer in neighboring towns.

Environment, Gold winner: Forest Bathing with Timothy Leary, by Simon Puschmann

image copyrightSimon Puschmann

[This is] my first trichromatic movie; three black-and-white images, each filtered red, green and blue, with 5 minutes between takes.

Environment, Silver winner: Anger of an English sea, by Nick Howe

image copyrightNick Howe

I discovered myself in a continuously altering mix of weather condition and light.
In the course of minutes the sky would move from tranquil sunlight to stormy and troubled skies.
It was incredibly unstable.

Style & & Beauty, Gold winner: Crafting, by Matthew Shave

image copyrightMatthew Shave

To me, appeal photography has constantly been more than lipstick and powder, and I have actually long held a fascination for reproducing standard make-up with unexpected components.
The vibrant colour works with the graphic lines to lead you through the story, whilst the tautness of the thread provides a gentle understated stress to the narrative.

Fashion & & Beauty, Silver winner: Spring Cleaning, by JC Candanedo

image copyrightJC Candanedo

This image represents a juxtaposition of stylish and exceptionally common.
Ive had an interest in the influencer culture for some time now, and how they present their lives as being above the normal.
Behind all those glamorous images on their social media, influencers are just regular individuals like the rest of us.
However we perceive their lives as unattainable and aspirational, and that has a toll on our self-image and our psychological health.

Food & & Drink, Gold winner: Gyotaku, by Aaron Graubart

image copyrightAaron Graubart

Gyotaku is a type of nature-printing technique where great rice paper is applied to the inked-up surface of a fish or other sea creature, very first developed by Japanese fishermen to record their catch.

Food & & Drink, Silver winner: Eden Love Flying Gin, by Tal Silverman

image copyrightTal Silverman

A personal project exploring motion in liquids.

Lifestyle, Gold winner: Las Cholitas Voladoras, by Todd Antony

image copyrightTodd Antony

[This is] from a personal task shot previously this year on place at Ballet Academy East, New York City.
There is a passion and persistence shown by these dancers, however it runs hand in hand with an assistance for one another.
They are contending for the exact same goal but they likewise wish to help each other achieve it.

Portrait, Gold winner: Jasmine, Dave and Jenny – In the Workshops of Cox London, by Alun Callender.

image copyrightFelicity Crawshaw.

Bolivias cholitas luchadoras very first started practising their craft in the early 2000s, when a group of females in El Alto produced a group of luchadoras inspired by Mexicos lucha libre style of wrestling.
As low as 10 years back, Bolivias indigenous Aymara females were socially ostracised and systematically marginalised.
Their battle in the ring becomes a dramatisation of that everyday struggle..

Portrait, Silver winner: Makhila, by Sam Robinson.

image copyrightMatthew Joseph.

image copyrightAlun Callender.

image copyrightMatthew Joseph.

image copyrightWendy Carrig.

The basic preconception of motherhood in todays society is that it is a delight. Is it just that?
Numerous also experience frustration, guilt, even anger and worry.
Ending up being a mum is tough however generally we only hear about sleepless nights, not the extensive identity shift that accompanies ending up being a mother.
The project is a raw, sincere and intimate confession.
Its about telling women its ok not to be okay with motherhood.

Photojournalism, Silver winner: Boy Soldiers, by Euan Myles.

image copyrightEuan Myles.

These portraits were taken at a 1940s celebration in the drowsy Edwardian health club town of Woodhall Spa.
I find it fantastic the level of interest these boys reveal in acting out a war that ended up 60 years prior to they were born.

Into The Mountain records a project produced by artist and choreographer Simone Kenyon, developed over numerous years in collaboration with females living and working within the Cairngorms range of mountains in Scotland.
The project explores and commemorates femaless connection with mountainous and wild environments.

image copyrightNick David.

Lifestyle, Silver winner: I didnt wish to be a mum, by Sophie Ebrand.

image copyrightSam Robinson.

image copyrightSimon Puschmann.

For my series Wastelands, I wanted to highlight the scope and permanence of garbage produced by various city cities.
By transforming trash into a classy exercise of line, composition and type, the disposed waste starts to develop an unusual portrait of each respective place.
By raising these disposed materials, they end up being mediations on the bigger worldwide issue of extreme waste.

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Discovery Award: I Wish I Could Paint, by Ian Kirby.

Influenced by landscape oil paintings, I challenged myself to use a single photographic exposure to offer individuals my interpretation of the landscapes around us.

Ive been collecting sea-worn plastics from my local beach for over 20 years.
Vast quantities of discarded plastics continue to choke and pollute our oceans and I created these images to highlight the concern.

Project, Gold winner: Podo, by Matthew Joseph.

Still Life & & Object, Silver winner: Anima, No. 9 – The Toucan, by Florian W. Mueller.

This image is from November 2019, when I was making a series of portraits of the skilled craftspeople at the workshops of Cox London Ltd, a company in London specialising in special lighting, furnishings and art work.
After making pictures of the three at work in the forge, they stood back and their arrangement was perfect..

image copyrightFlorian W. Mueller.

Task, Gold winner: Wastelands, by Simon Puschmann.

Still Life & & Object, Gold winner: All at Sea, by Wendy Carrig.

In the uplands of Ethiopia, at least 1.6 million normal individuals are living lives of peaceful desperation, the victims of a skin disease understood as podoconiosis.
Podo is a kind of elephantiasis, the main signs of which include monstrous swelling and deformity of the lower legs and feet.
It is triggered simply by barefoot farming on certain types of ancient red volcanic soil.
Sufferers are routinely incorrect as transmittable, cursed by God, possessed by spirits.
Better halves are forced out, kids cope with the familys animals, guys wither, one becomes unhuman.
Required from village, community and home, lots of starve or take their own life.

Long time dead, stuffed and staged, these animals reveal a character and a particular type of melancholy.
The soul long ago left the body, which, thanks to taxidermy, defies decay.

Photojournalism, Gold winner: Made in Japan, by Nick David and Jack Flynn.

Discovery Award: Into The Mountain, by Felicity Crawshaw.

image copyrightIan Kirby.

Made in Japan is a short documentary film offering a window into the world of the well-known Japanese denim mills in Okayama.
Japans fascination with American jeans led them to become the worlds best jeans makers in terms of knowledge and technique.

image copyrightSophie Ebrand.