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Amateur Photographer cover dated 2 September 2006
Editor Damien Demolder
Categories Photography
Frequency Weekly (Tuesday)
First issue 10 October 1884
Company IPC Media
Country  England
Language English
Website [1]

Amateur Photographer is a British photography magazine, published weekly by IPC Media, a Time Warner subsidiary. The magazine provides articles on equipment reviews, photographic technique, and profiles of professional photographers.


About the magazine

Amateur Photographer is the world's oldest consumer weekly photographic magazine[1], first hitting the newsstands on 10 October 1884; making it over 120 years old.

The Test Reports from past publications can be purchased online from TestReports. There are nearly 9,000 test 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:

  • 7 Days - 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).
  • Through the Viewfinder - Practical photo-technique articles from contributor Philip Dunn.
  • Gallery - 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.
  • Test Bench - AP's world renowned tests of the latest photography equipment. All past tests can be purchased from AP if required.
  • AP Answers - Technical help in response to readers letters and emails. Includes a sub section taken from the AP Website Forum.
  • Critical Eye - Reader photo critique by Garry McNamara. Readers can submit up to six images as prints, slides or on CD (with original files). Prizes from sponsor Fujifilm are supplied alongside Garry's feedback.
  • On Assignment - Garry McNamara and Gemma Padley take three readers on location for a days shooting. Each participant is loaned a Samsung digital SLR with 18-55mm zoom. Best picture of the day wins a Samsung DSLR with 18-55mm zoom lens.
  • Filter - A weekly round-up of books, exhibitions and websites.
  • Behind the Picture - Chris Gatcomb looks at the thinking and technique behind a winning picture.
  • 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.
  • Picture Post - 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 and essay on a photography related subject from a reader is published.
  • Back From the Front - Weekly essay from a figure from the world of photography with a once a month contribution from Roger Hicks.
  • What the Duck - A weekly comic strip by Aaron Johnson

Amateur Photographer of the Year (APOY)

APOY is an annual competition run by Amateur Photography, and is open to anyone that earns less that 10% of their yearly salary from photography.[2]

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). Since 2008, Samsung Electronic took over Canon as the prize awarder.

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

Staff, contributors and notable ex-staff

Current staff

  • Editor: Damien Demolder - A former professional photographer, Damien has worked on IPC Media photography titles since 1997. He served three years in the AP Features Department, before working as Technical Editor and Deputy Editor for four years. He was promoted to the position of Editor after the promotion of Garry Coward-Williams elsewhere within IPC Media in February 2007.[3]
  • News Editor: Chris Cheesman is 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.
  • Technical Editor: Angela Nicholson - A former freelance professional photographer, and photography teacher, Angela joined AP in 2004. She is a medium-format, 35mm and digital user. [3]
  • Art Editor: Mark Jacobs
  • Production Editor: Lesley Upton
  • Deputy Production Editor: Brendan Maguire
  • Features Assistant: Gemma Padley
  • Deputy Art Editor: Simon Warren - In his other life, Simon is a competitive cyclist.
  • Designer: Antony Green
  • Features Writer: Jeff Meyer
  • Features Writer: Oliver Cotton
  • Technical Writer: Richard Sibley Joined AP as a Technical Writer in July 2007
  • Photo-Science Consultant: Geoffrey Crawley - An renowned expert on the science of photographer, 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.[3]
  • Studio Manager: Alan McFaden
  • A Matter of Opinion author: 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]

Regular contributors

  • Joe Cornish - Landscape photographer, known for this large-format work and commissions for the National Trust.
  • Ivor Matanle - Photographer, journalist and camera/photography historian, Ivor writes the "Classics to Use" articles for AP, as well as answering readers questions in "AP Answers" in relation to classic and historical cameras.

Notable ex-members of staff

  • 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 AP, he was the editor of Cage and Aviary Birds and, prior to that, the deputy editor of Shooting Times & Country Magazine.[5]
  • Bob Carlos Clarke - Irish enfant terrible erotic photographer column in the early 1990s.[6]
  • David Bailey (photographer)


The Amateur Photographer, Vol 1, No 1, 10 Oct 1884, front cover.

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