The sun awards showcase and reward the best in professional photography.

It does this through an annual judged competition, the showcase sun exhibition, with allied events and seminars highlighting photography generated in the Northern regions of the UK, within the disciplines of advertising, design, fashion and editorial.

Andy Cheetham (creative director CheethamBell JWT)…
“SUN is a good thing because… its an independent showcase run by photographers outside London, which I think is a very honourable.”

In brief…

  • not-for-profit event
  • images judged anonymously
  • independent panel of judges
  • verified by an independent adjudicator

All entry fees go to cover the cost of the exhibition and supporting activities.

The sun awards are run as a not-for-profit event by photographers for the mutual benefit of the industry.

The awards are judged anonymously by an independent panel drawn from key figures in the industry.

The sun awards are open to all professional photographers in the “northern regions”, working in the required disciplines.

SUN is entirely independent
2005 saw SUN take on new challenges again. Doug Currie [link], and Ed Horwich [link],  have been involved with running SUN for most of its life and have taken over the responsibility and running of SUN from AOP.
It is now a completely autonomous independent event, open to all professional photographers based in the northern regions (the Midlands to the Scottish Isles).

The ‘sun awards’ is a completely independent entity owned and run by sun expo limited.

SUN has been showcasing the best photography since 1988 and is one of the most important sources of reference for all commissioners of photography, whether they are agencies, creatives, or corporate buyers.

It began as a single open exhibition for northern members of the Association of Photographers (or AFAEP as it was then). The exhibition was unjudged and took place at Viewpoint Gallery in the Old Fire Station, Salford.

For the next few years a ‘blu tack’ judging system was in place, where the whole membership were invited to a viewing day and asked to note images in order of preference. The top 60 highest scoring were selected for the exhibition, which had now moved to Dukes ’92, Castlefield in central Manchester.

1993 we began producing the SUN book, featuring the fifty winning entries from that year’s exhibition. Around a thousand copies were distributed to agencies and other creatives across the country.

Subsequent to that year the judging became more formalised, with a panel drawn from leading photographers, designers and art buyers.

In 2000 the ‘shotupnorth.co.uk’ web site was introduced, a ‘best of show’ award was presented, and the exhibition moved to the Richard Goodall Gallery in Manchester’s upcoming ‘northern quarter’.

2003 was a year of innovation with an exciting new exhibition format and a new home at the Circle Club, in the heart of the creative’s network.

SUN receives the encouragement and support of FUJI FILM, CALUMET, TOWERGATE-CAMERASURE, REDEYE, AOP, PRODIG amongst others.

Corporate & Sponsors information
SUN is an established event which has been enthusiastically embraced by the business community throughout its life.
Multiple opportunites exist for those companies who would like to become associated with SUN, through the Exhibition, Book, Web site and various publications and outreach events through the year.
SUN has the ability to reach both key ‘decision makers’ and ‘niche markets’, as well as adding a unique profile to your identity.

Privacy policy
Personal details submitted are not shared with any other organisation. Your information is used only for the purposes of the SUN Awards and associated events. Only designated information is made publicly available and it is your option to opt out of supplying those details. By participating in SUN you agree that we will from time to time contact you with information about SUN and events organised by partner organisations.

All images and other content are the property of the copyright holders.

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