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Welcome to this week's updates for the AOP Student Awards!
Read on for the announcement of 4 new Awards Prizes, words of wisdom for your professional career from Rachell Smith, a chance to win studio and tech hire up to £1000 at Holborn Studios, and info on the upcoming Instagram Takeovers.

4 More Student Award Prizes Announced!
We have some exciting developments in the prize department for this year's Student Awards to announce this week.

These awards provide those who are at the beginning of their professional career that all important step up into the professional arena, and we are working hard to make sure that the prizes reflect this mission.

I'm sure you'll agree that these prizes really will be an amazing opportunity for any entrant of the Student Awards!

© Sally Johnson, Finalist - Places
One day shadowing Rachel Smith on a shoot
Rachell works between London and New York, and her unstoppable work ethic has meant she has achieved an impressive amount of success in a relatively short career so far. Rachell's modern beauty and portrait photography has been featured in magazines such as Glamour Magazine, Harper’s Bazaar, Allure and
One to one portfolio and professional career advice session with Howard Kingsnorth
Howard is a sought after advertising photographer, with a reputation for delivering innovative photography for brands and ad campaigns. He specialises in aerial photography, cityscapes, urban and architectural photography.
One to one portfolio and professional career advice session with Karl Taylor
One pass for a live online workshop by Karl Taylor
Karl Taylor has been a professional photographer for over 20 years and has traveled the globe on assignments for some of the world’s most successful companies. Karl started his career in photojournalism, but his commercial and advertising work covers most areas of photography, making him an impressive multi-disciplined photographer.
Full list of the prizes so far can be viewed here.

Career Advice from a Pro - Rachell Smith (judging 'People')

Hi Rachell, is there a piece of advice that you wish someone had told you sooner in your photography career?

Yes, lots in fact, but the main ones being:  to slow down and to think about who your potential clients are and to get the right contacts. Patience is very important as you might only get one or two chances to meet with a particular person and if you go in unprepared (or too soon) you could delay your career.
Also, get a good balance between shooting and spending time doing the business side of things, both are just as important. 

Full interview with Rachell next week!

Enter the Student Awards

**Win studio and tech hire up to the value of £1000**

There is less than a week left to be in with a chance to win this fab prize!

If you enter the AOP Student Awards any time from today until midnight on 28th February 2017, you will automatically be entered into our prize draw to win!
AOP Photographer Rene van der Hulst has generously donated his AOP Awards prize to the Student Awards for a student to win! 
The winner will be notified via email and announced on social media in early March.

Don't forget that if you are an AOP Student member, you enjoy the discounted rate of entry!

The three categories this year are People, Places & Things.

Full award information and entry details can be found here.
Got your images ready? Enter them here.

A huge thanks to Rene and Holborn Studios who have made this incredible prize possible!

Check out Holborn Studios here!
© Callum Beaney, 2016 Finalist, Places

Instagram Takeovers!

Our upcoming Instagram takeovers:

24th - 26th Feb      Callum Beaney
2nd - 4th Mar         Megan Wilson-De La Mare 
Follow us!

Instagram @assocphoto
Twitter @AssocPhoto
Facebook /AssociationOfPhotographers
One last thing! Lecturer and Course of the Year Awards

If you are a student of one of our AOP affiliated courses, you can make nominations for lecturer and course of the year. This is a great chance to highlight a particular staff member who has gone above and beyond in the department, and to get your course the recognition it deserves!

Full criteria and how to nominate can be found here under the 'Categories' heading.
Keep planning, keep shooting, and keep uploading!

Jemma Ridyard
Events & Marketing Administrator
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