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AOP Awards 2015: Nominations have closed

Nominations are now closed for the AOP Awards 2015. A shortlist for each category will be revealed in the coming months

Now in its fifth year, the AOP Awards have become a highlight in the optical calendar. 

Hosted to recognise some of the achievements of people in the profession, the Awards have grown in popularity since their establishment and last year almost 26,000 votes were cast across the 11 categories. 

Launching this year’s awards, chief executive of the AOP, Henrietta Alderman, said: “I am pleased to announce the launch of the AOP Awards 2015. The Awards grow in strength year-on-year and are a fantastic way to celebrate some of the incredible achievements in the profession over the past 12 months. 

“These awards are not only important for recognising the success of individuals; they also promote and highlight the profession.” 

This year’s Awards are headline sponsored by Johnson & Johnson Vision Care. 

The AOP introduces a new category this year which aims to recognise the achievements of newly-qualified optometrists as they set out on their career. The Newly-Qualified Optometrist of the Year accolade seeks a newly-qualified optometrist who has made a mark in the profession. Going above and beyond the day job, this optometrist will be able to demonstrate a keen and active interest in eye health in its wider context.

Speaking to OT about the new category, AOP chairman, Lyndon Taylor, said: “Our new category for this year will recognise a newly-qualified optometrist who has really launched themselves into their career with a passion. 

“Their commitment to optometry and the profession will be evident in everything they do, and I’m really looking forward to seeing the nominees and highlighting future leaders in the field.”

The nomination process is designed to be quick and easy, requiring people to simply provide the name and contact information of both themselves and the person/organisation they are nominating. 

The AOP will then gather supporting information for the nomination from the nominee themselves, providing them with the opportunity to put forward the best case for why they should be shortlisted for the accolade.

A shortlist of three candidates for each category will be selected by a panel of expert judges, before going to a public vote. 

The winners will be announced at a special ceremony and gala dinner at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole on November 5. 

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Charity Initiative of the Year
Contact Lens Practitioner of the Year
Dispensing Optician of the Year 
Lecturer of the Year
Marketing Campaign of the Year
Newly-Qualified Optometrist of the Year
Optical Assistant of the Year
Optometrist of the Year 
Practice of the Year
Student of the Year
Young Practice of the Year
Lifetime Achievement Award 

The winners of the 2014 AOP Awards were revealed in front of more than 340 people at a special black tie gala dinner and ceremony hosted by LBC radio presenter Julia Hartley-Brewer. 

Here are some of their reactions when they won:

Dispensing Optician of the Year
Lesley Oglethorpe, G.T. Harvey & Partners 
“Thank you to everyone for their support. I am grateful to the world of optics for a varied and rewarding career. To be recognised for my dedication to dispensing optics is an honour.” 

Contact Lens Practitioner of the Year
Suzanne Czerwinski, Specsavers 
“Being recognised for such a prestigious Award is, without doubt, the highlight of my career to date and I would like to thank everyone who voted for me.” 

Optometrist of the Year Rohit Narayan, Boots Opticians
“I am honoured to win this Award and would like to thank all those who took the time to support me.” 

Charity Initiative of the Year
Dave Goldsmith, Andean Medical Mission. “Just reaching the final of the AOP Awards has been a privilege, but winning means so much to ensure we continue the momentum that allows us to deliver eye care services for the remote communities within the Amazon and Andes.” 

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