Photography Education Award



The purpose of the Association for Photography in Higher Education’s (APHE) Photography Education Award, the ‘Aphies’, is to showcase, celebrate and reward innovative scholarship and teaching practice in the academic study of Photography.
This year we are excited to announce a new partnership with Bloomsbury Publishing, who will be supporting the award for the first time in championing excellence in photographic education. We are also truly delighted to continue our relationship with America’s Society for Photographic Education (SPE) who support the winners trip to present at their annual conference in America.


Friday 15th June 2018. Complete the entry form here.


This is a competitive award to offer peer recognition for innovative or inventive scholarship and teaching practice in the academic study of Photography. The award offers a platform to share, showcase, celebrate good practice with fellow photographic educators.

The awards are supported by Bloomsbury Publishing and are run n collaboration with our sister organisation, America’s Society for Photographic Education (SPE), the winner will receive up to £1000 support for travel and accommodation to present at the SPE Conference in Cleveland Ohio, USA in March 2019.


The award is open to all individual or institutional APHE members, working as full or part-time academics/researchers at a college or University which offers Higher Education study of photography or related field in the UK.


This year have you done something new, innovative, interesting or successful when teaching your photography students? Have you vamped up your visual practice and scholarship? Engaged creatively with employability or internationalisation? Significantly enhanced your student’s engagement with scholarship? Developed visionary curricular or wonderous learning outcomes? Delivered exemplary and advanced instructional workshops? Innovated with new modes of delivery? Alliterated your approach to communication?

The demonstrable impact on your current students or recent graduates is critical for success with this award.

If you would like to share your good practice, generate dialogue with others, and maybe even win an award, please submit an outline of what you have done for the 3rd Annual Aphies Award!

Application Process

All submissions must be in English. Applicants are required to register and pay for attendance at the Annual Conference.


• Complete the online entry form that requires the following information:
• Name/s of applicant with title and institutional affiliation
• Contact information (address, phone, email)
• Title of Proposal
• Description of initiative and impact (not to exceed 500 words)
• Bio of applicant/s (150 words per applicant)
The shortlisted finalists will be required to prepare and present their proposal in a Pecha Kucha style format to the supportive and engaged audience at the APHE Conference. The winner of the award is decided by the conference audience via ballot vote.


The award will be announced at the APHE Summer Conference in Cardiff 11-13 July 2018.
Each year this session is a highlight of the conference and has proven to be a catalyst for informed discussion and even on occasion to have influenced a change of attitudes and practices within our fellow colleague’s own institution.

Previous Winners

Dr. Liam Devlin

2016 Winner

Dr. Liam Devlin
Huddersfield University

Assoc. Professor Daniel Alexander

2015 Winner

Assoc. Professor Daniel Alexander
London South Bank University