The AOP Awards 2005

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Animals appear to be in vogue this year. Here in New York, of course, we've finally been privy to Gregory Colbert's Ashes and Snow exhibit, but across the Atlantic in London at this year's AOP (Association of Photographers) Awards, four-legged friends also seemed to be the muse of the moment. The AOP has hosted the event since 1983 and held this year's fete at the Royal Horticultural Halls in Westminster on March 17. The 2005 winners, judged by a panel of photographers and commissioners from culled from approximately 3,500 entries, included only two Gold honors, which went to photographers whose subjects, strangely enough, hailed from the animal kingdom. One went to George Logan (www. for his "Animal" personal project series, which captures creatures gracefully at ease in breathtaking locations and which will appear in his forthcoming book Dislocation. The images make for an intriguing contrast with those of Gold-winner Morgan Silk (, whose "Zoo" series presents an intimate, textured look at animals in captivity.