All images submitted to APOY 2021 will be reviewed by our panel of photography experts from Amateur Photographer magazine, joined by some special guest judges for individual rounds.
Nigel studied photography at Plymouth College of Art & Design and the University of Westminster, and was a professional photographer for over 10 years before joining Amateur Photographer magazine in 1994. He was appointed editor of sister title What Digital Camera in 2002, and Editor of Amateur Photographer in 2013.
Matt combined his two passions, photography and maths, to create MPB from what started as a student project whilst studying Economics at the University of Warwick.
Since founding MPB in 2011, Matt has scaled MPB through 3 rounds of funding to 200+ employees based out of Brighton in the UK, Berlin in Germany & New York in the US. MPB is now the world's largest online platform for photographers & videographers to buy, sell and trade kit, circulating more than 300,000 items of used kit every year. Matt is on a mission to make photography kit more accessible, more affordable and more sustainable for visual storytellers around the globe.
Benedict Brain is a UK based photographer and journalist, balancing his personal practice with creating photography enrichment programmes, tours and workshops for a range of international clients. He is an award-winning journalist writing for photography magazines in the UK. He is regularly asked to judge prestigious photo competitions such as the International Garden Photographer of the Year and The British Photography Awards and Landscape Photographer of the Year. Benedict travels internationally talking about the art and craft of photography and sits on The Royal Photographic Society’s distinctions panel.
Amy has been working in the photography industry since 2009 working across a variety of photography titles. Currently one of the Features Editors for Amateur Photographer, she also freelances for many other publications, using and reviewing all of the latest photography equipment. She has been a photographer for just over 15 years, and has had her images published in a wide variety of magazines and books, as well as exhibiting her work in a number of exhibitions.
Martin Evening is a photographer with a commercial background in advertising and beauty photography. He is also well known for his in-depth knowledge of Photoshop and Lightroom, plus an author on digital imaging and photography. In 2008, Martin was inducted into the NAPP Photoshop Hall of Fame in recognition for his work as a Photoshop and Lightroom instructor. Martin is also a regular contributor to a number of magazines, including Lightroom Magazine, Amateur Photographer and Photoshop User.
Geoff is the Deputy Editor of AP and a veteran photography journalist with over 20 years magazine experience. He is the former editor of Digital Camera and PhotoPlus magazines, and is also a keen photographer. Geoff reached the finals of the 2016 Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year competition, and also runs a successful wedding and portrait photography business in his spare time.
Olivia has been Saturday picture editor of The Times since early 2020, after spending several years as an assistant picture editor and researcher on the title. On a daily basis she looks through thousands of images on the picture wires in order to compile the best selection for the edition. She also works closely with the newspaper's own award-winning photographers, as well as commissioning a wide variety of shoots around Britain and abroad.
Hollie joined Amateur Photographer in 2016 and now works as Technique Editor. Prior to working at AP, she worked on PhotoPlus magazine for nearly five years as a Staff Writer and then Technique Editor. She also has a 1st Class BA(Hons) degree in Photography from the University of Plymouth, where she studied from 2007-2010.
Ailsa’s first job in photography magazines was back in 1994. Since then, she has gone on to work on a number of titles, and she edited Black & White Photography magazine for its first seven years. She has also authored and edited a number of books, including bestseller The Complete Photography Manual. Although she still harbours a love of film photography and darkroom printing, she has recently (finally) dipped her toe into digital.