All images submitted to APOY 2023 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.
Andy Blackmore has been in the business of photography for more than 40 years. He is currently picture editor and chief photographer with the financial newspaper City A.M., while previously he’s been chief photographer and picture editor at Metro, and picture editor of the Independent on Sunday, The Independent and the Guardian.
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.
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.
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.
Jessica studied Fine Art at Loughborough University, where she specialised in photography. She has continued her photographic practice, which involves street, travel and landscape genres, using both digital and film. She also enjoys multiple exposures and intentional camera movement. In 2020, Jessica also studied MA Museums, Galleries and Contemporary Culture at University of Westminster, where she curated the online photography exhibition Materiality Exposed and graduated with Distinction. She joined Amateur Photographer in 2021.
Dominique Nok is a Black female portrait photographer and curator. With more than 20 years’ experience as a commercial photographer, she has been a magazine editor and has a Bachelor’s degree in (photo) Journalism and a Masters in Curating. Dominique is passionate about championing female artists from the African diaspora and from Black, Asian and Global Majority heritage.
Your guest judge for Round One, Black & White, is Rachael Talibart. Rachael is best known for her series Sirens, which reflects her fascination with the sea and the coast. Her images have been featured in the press all over the world, are regularly exhibited, and her limited-edition prints collected internationally. She is the author of three monographs, including Sirens and Tides and Tempests, and runs photography courses on location and online via www.f11workshops.com.
Your guest judge for Round Two, Travel, is Jordan Banks, a travel, lifestyle and adventure photographer from London. Shooting for the likes of National Geographic, Lonely Planet and a host of other travel brands, Jordan’s work has taken him all over the world to document some of the planet’s most incredible locations.
Your guest judge for Round Six, Macro, is Tracy Calder. Tracy has more than 20 years of experience in the photo magazine industry. In 2018 she co-founded Close-up Photographer of the Year – an international competition celebrating close-up, macro and micro photography. She has written numerous photography books, and her work has appeared in more than 20 consumer magazines. Instagram: @cupoty @tracy_calder_photo
Your guest judge for Round Four, Landscape, is Lizzie Shepherd, a fulltime professional photographer based in North Yorkshire, specialising in landscape, nature and travel photography. She runs small group photography workshops, and writes and speaks about photography for a number of organisations. Her work has been on display at the Joe Cornish Gallery in Northallerton for the past ten years. Find out more at www.lizzieshepherd.com.
Your guest judge for Round Five, Portraits, is Carolyn Mendelsohn, an artist and portrait photographer based in the UK, whose practice is rooted in telling stories and amplifying the voices of those who are not always heard. Her book, Being Inbetween, was published by Bluecoat Press in 2020 and her work has been exhibited widely, as well as featured in the likes of The Guardian, The Sunday Times, The Telegraph and British Journal of Photography. See more at www.carolynmendelsohn.com.
Your guest judge for Round Six, Architecture, is Sharon Tenenbaum, a photographer whose vast body of work celebrates the art in architecture. She has won numerous international photography awards and taught group workshops from New York to Melbourne, as well as online. See more at www.sharontenenbaum.com.
Your guest judge for Round Seven, Street, is Peter Dench, a UK based photographer, writer, presenter, educator and curator. Accolades include a World Press Photo award for his reportage, Drinking of England. Solo books include Alcohol & England and The British Abroad. His writing has been commissioned by the New Yorker, Telegraph magazine and a number of photography journals. See more at www.peterdench.com.
Your guest judge for Round Eight, Wildlife, is Keith Wilson, writer, picture editor and journalist, and former editor of AP. He is the co-founder (with Britta Jaschinski) of Photographers Against Wildlife Crime, and the editor of numerous photo books including The Evidence Project, HIDDEN: Animals in the Anthropocene, FOX: Neighbour Villain Icon and three editions of Photographers Against Wildlife Crime.
Your guest judge for Round Nine, Action, is Mike Owen. With over 25 years in the photographic industry with Getty Images, Canon, Panasonic and now EIZO as head of marketing, Mike has been involved supporting professional photographers at Olympic Games, Football World Cups, Wimbledon and F1. Mike’s been a judge for the World Sports Photography Awards and is a writer, editor and co-founder of 2POINT8 magazine, which is dedicated to the world’s best sports photographers.
Your guest judge for Round Ten, Low Light, is Niall McDiarmid. Niall is a Scottish photographer based in London whose work is primarily about documenting the people and landscape of Britain. He has exhibited at the Museum of London and the Martin Parr Foundation, and has produced six books of his work over the past decade. See more of his work at www.niallmcdiarmid.com or on Instagram @niallmcdiarmid.