Amateur Photographer

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Amateur Photographer
Editor Nigel Atherton
Categories Photography
Frequency Weekly (Tuesday)
Circulation 16,878 (ABC Jan - Dec 2013)[1]
Print and digital editions.
First issue 10 October 1884
Company IPC Media
Country  United Kingdom
Language English
The Amateur_Photographer, Vol 1, No 1, rear cover

Amateur Photographer is a British photography magazine, published weekly by Time Inc (UK) Ltd. The magazine provides articles on equipment reviews, photographic technique, and profiles of professional photographers.

About the magazine

Amateur Photographer was first published on 10 October 1884, making it over 130 years old. It has established itself as the world's number one weekly photography magazine[citation needed]. Some of the most renowned photographers such as Alfred Stieglitz, Frank Meadow Sutcliffe, David Bailey and Bob Carlos Clarke have written for the magazine over the years. [2]

The Test Reports from past publications can be purchased online from TestReports. There are nearly 9,000 tests available; consisting of reviews of cameras, lenses and other equipment.

Regular features

AP (as it is referred to) is usually based around the following items:

  • AP News - Up to date information on the world of film and digital photography; including details of product launches, external competitions and upcoming events (festivals, events, galleries and camera clubs).
  • AP Review - A weekly round-up of books, exhibitions and websites.
  • Letters - Readers letters concerning recent events, views on photography and feedback on AP articles. Sponsored by Fujifilm UK, film or digital media is provided for all letters published. Also contains "Back Chat", an article introduced by then Editor Garry Coward-Williams, where an essay on a photography related subject from a reader is published.
  • Photo Insight - Each week one of four photographers explains the ideas and techniques behind a particular photograph.
  • Reader Spotlight - Readers photographs. Readers can submit up to 10 photographs (not needing to be themed) on film or digital media. A selection of these is published each week. The 'Editor's Choice' each week is paid £50.
  • AP's Icons of Photography - A camera, photograph, photographer or other notable figure from photographic history.
  • Insider Knowledge - An AP reader provides a guide to their favourite location.
  • AP Test Bench - AP's world-renowned tests of the latest photography equipment. All past tests can be purchased from AP if required.
  • Ask AP - Technical help in response to readers letters and emails. Includes a sub section taken from the AP Website Forum.
  • AP Appraisal - Reader photo critique. Readers can submit up to six images as prints, slides or on CD (with original files).
  • Vendor Adverts/Classifieds - A wide selection of UK and international equipment vendors (some offering preferential rates to AP readers); and AP's own classified ads for readers to submit.
  • The Final Frame - Weekly essay from a figure from the world of photography with regular contributions from Roger Hicks.

Amateur Photographer of the Year (APOY)

APOY is an annual competition run by Amateur Photographer, and is open to anyone that earns less than 10% of their yearly salary from photography.[3]

The entries are limited to one photograph per reader per month.

Each years competition is run on a monthly basis, with each month having a dedicated "theme" for the images to adhere to. The APOY judges than narrow the entries down to a short list of 50. From there, the final 'Top 30' are awarded points and published in the magazine; with the top three places being awarded prize donated by Canon UK. All 30 point scoring photographers are entered into the league table; which is edited after each round. After all ten rounds, the photographer with the highest score in the league table is crowned the Amateur Photographer Of the Year and wins £5,000 worth of Canon vouchers to be remdeamed against the purchase of personal photographic goods (defined as Canon Consumer Imaging Products).

More information can be found on the APOY page of the AP website.

Staff, contributors and notable ex-staff

Current staff

  • Editor: Nigel Atherton
  • Group Art Editor: Mark Jacobs
  • Technical Editor: Andy Westlake
  • News Editor: Chris Cheesman The first port of call for relaying photography related news. Before joining AP in 1999 Chris worked as a news reporter and feature writer on business magazines and has journalistic experience both inside and outside photography. He always carries a camera.
  • Production Editor: Lesley Upton
  • Deputy Editor: Richard Sibley Joined AP as a Technical Writer in July 2007
  • Designer: Antony Green
  • Sub Editor: Oliver Cotton

Regular contributors

The Amateur Photographer, Vol 1, No 1, 10 Oct 1884, front cover.
  • Roger Hicks - Born in Cornwall, Roger stumbled into photography in 1966. After various job (law, teaching, accounting) he turned to professional photography in 1975 at a London advertising studio. His first book was published in 1980, and then turned full-time to freelance photography, writing and journalism in 1981.[4]

Notable ex-members of staff

  • George Hughes - Features Editor from 1968 to 1979. Created interview features with many legendary photographers, such as Brassai, Ansel Adams, Cartier-Bresson, Karsh, André Kertész. Returned to the magazine as Publishing Editor for a short period at the end of the 1980s. Served on Arts Council of Great Britain Photography Panel.
  • Geoffrey Crawley - A renowned expert on the science of photography, as well as the inventor of the Paterson range of developers, Geoffrey was previously the Editor of the "British Journal of Photography" for 21 years. He is also known for exposing the Cottingley Fairies hoax and advising investigators into the assassination of U.S. President John F. Kennedy.[5] Geoffrey died in 2010.[6]
  • Garry Coward-Williams - Editor (from November 1998 up to and including issue dated 3 March 2007). Garry first moved into journalism in 1985 after a career as a professional photographer. Before joining Amateur Photographer, he was the editor of Cage and Aviary Birds and, prior to that, the deputy editor of Shooting Times & Country Magazine.[7]
  • Bob Carlos Clarke - Irish enfant terrible erotic photographer column in the early 1990s.[8]
  • David Bailey
  • Jeff Meyer. Now (2011) editor of Photography Monthly magazine.


  1. "ABC Certificates and Reports: Amateur Photographer". Audit Bureau of Circulations. Retrieved 15 February 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "Amateur Photographer Website, "About" section".<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "APOY Rules".<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. ""About Us" on the website of Roger Hicks and Francis Schultz".<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. ""Meet the Team" on AP website".<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. Amateur Photographer dated 24 February 2007, page 6: Key Promotions Reflect AP talent
  8. "Layout of BCC Obituary from AP in .pdf form" (PDF).<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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