The shortlist for the 2015 AOP Awards is revealed and voting is open
Following much deliberation by judges due to the high caliber of nominations received this year, the shortlisted candidates for this year’s AOP Awards have been selected.
A wide variety of nominations were received across all of this year’s 12 categories, with the newly-introduced accolade for Newly-Qualified Practitioner of the Year proving particularly popular.
With the shortlist now confirmed, and revealed on page 30, voting opens today (June 13), providing the profession the opportunity to decide the winners. Voting closes at midnight on September 20.
A new panel of judges was selected this year, with a number of cross-sector experts chosen to represent all areas of the profession. The judges include: chair of the judging panel, optometrist David Shannon; optometrist Karen Sparrow; AOP professional adviser, Geoff Roberson; AOP clinical and regulatory officer, Henry Leonard; AOP head of education and OT clinical editor, Dr Ian Beasley; OT clinical editor, multimedia, Ceri Smith-Jaynes; and past award winners, Dr Rohit Narayan and Angharad Hobby.
Speaking about the judges’ deliberations, Mr Shannon said: “Preparing a shortlist for these awards is difficult as the competition is high. As a judge, I never cease to be amazed by the extraordinary quality of most of the entrants.”
Headline sponsored by contact lens manufacturer Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, the awards have grown in popularity year-on-year since the launch in 2011, cementing the awards ceremony as a highlight in the optical calendar.
Over the coming months, all shortlisted nominees will be profiled in OT to assist readers in deciding who to vote for in each category. The first profiles will appear in the next edition of OT on June 27, and be published online.
To vote, visit www.aop.org.uk/aop-awards, where the profiles and more information on the awards will also be published first. Alternatively, you can post your vote to: AOP Awards, AOP, 2 Woodbridge Street, London, EC1R 0DG.
The winners will be revealed at a special black tie gala dinner and ceremony on Thursday, November 5 at the Hilton Metropole Birmingham, during the National Optical Conference (NOC).
CHARITY INITIATIVE OF THE YEAR
Edmonds & Slatter
Vision Aid Overseas
CONTACT LENS PRACTITIONER OF THE YEAR
Sponsored by: Johnson & Johnson Vision Care
DISPENSING OPTICIAN OF THE YEAR
LECTURER OF THE YEAR
Sponsored by: 100% Optical
Dr Katherine Evans
Professor Edward Mallen
MARKETING CAMPAIGN OF THE YEAR
Sponsored by: Lloyd & Whyte
Alcon (Air Optix Colors)
Yorkshire and Bridal Eyewear
NEWLY-QUALIFIED OPTOMETRIST OF THE YEAR
Sponsored by: Leightons Opticians
OPTICAL ASSISTANT OF THE YEAR
Leightons Opticians Farnham
OPTOMETRIST OF THE YEAR
Sponsored by: CooperVision
Dr Adrian Jones
Dr Martin Smith
PRACTICE OF THE YEAR
Andrew & Rogers Optometrists
G.T.Harvey & Partners
STUDENT OF THE YEAR
Sponsored by: Keeler
YOUNG PRACTICE OF THE YEAR
Lesley Cree Opticians
LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
The Lifetime Achievement Award will be selected by the AOP chief executive and chairman of the AOP, and revealed at the AOP Awards ceremony.