After the excitement of Cannes and winning the Advertising Photographer of the Year title how happy was I to be asked to join the judging panel for SUN22, The AOP Open and to find my work shortlisted for Campaign Photoawards!

The short listed work was… Dirty Mouth The event was held at Jasmine Studios, good crowd and I was pleased to see plenty of friendly faces including George Logan who deservedly picked up a win for his brilliant Red Road series and also an old friend and near neighbour  Nigel Harniman who also picked up a win for his amazing CGI Mars Ice cream ‘van’ created for AMV.

SUN (Shot Up North) was originally the AOPs Awards programme for the North, it was taken on by Ed Horwich a number of years ago and he’s built it into a cracking showcase of talent from the regions.  Some of you will know Ed  for the work he did on Martin Parrs Last Resort, he was a fellow board member at AOP with me so it was great to see him again and help out with the judging.  Fellow judges this year included amongst others photographer David Stewart and Wayne Ford, design director at Haymarket, blogger and Twitterer extraordinaire, you really should check out his blog if youre at all interested in photography and the arts.

The judging went really well, we all had our favorites of course but the debates wer reasoned and everyone had their say, to be honest it was one of the best panels ive ever been part of, I just hope that the next time my work is considered it receives the same amout f respect our panel afforded the entered work.

Anyway it was a tough process but we chose a winner and awarded several merits, it was good to see that despite the reduced output of many photographers over the recession creativity hasnt been overly dented, so well done to our winners and I look forward to meeting them at the show in October this year.

Along with some lovely shoots its been a busy run,  Ive just shot all the creative for the Fresh Advertising Awards, stills and movie and a nice little shoot for Holland & Barret with Gethin Jones which I’ll be blogging about soon.

Heres a taster for the Fresh creative, see the other 6 here

Watch this space!