AOP Awards return: nominations open

The winners of the 2018 AOP Awards share what the Awards means to them and encourage individuals and organisations to consider putting themselves forward

AOP Award winner reaction

Jasmine Smith, Newly-qualified Optometrist of the Year: “Winning an AOP Award has boosted patient numbers and loyalty through word of mouth, posters and local newspaper announcements. It has also enhanced my reputation within the wider optics community and improved my CV. I would encourage others dedicated to improving the future of optics to nominate themselves”

AOP Awards Winner Newly Qualified

Lee Berbilion, Dispensing Optician of the Year: “Winning was a fantastic 'pat on the back' and a real buzz, especially when taking into account the quality of the others on the shortlist. 

“I couldn't have done it without the help of my team and patients.”

AOP Awards winner dispensing
Sinead McGurk, Practice of the Year: “To nominate your products or services for a prestigious award like the AOP’s shows that you have confidence in your business, and in the team working with you. This produces a morale boosting lift, which in turn has a positive kick back.” 

AOP Awards winner practice
Gareth Towers, Student of the Year: “To win gave me a really special sense of accomplishment, especially as it concerns a profession that I am very passionate about. I would strongly advise everyone to apply for the 2019 Awards and take part in this fantastic celebration of the profession.”

AOP Awards winner student
Patrick Richardson, Lecturer of the Year: “I felt honoured to receive the AOP Awards Lecturer of the Year accolade; it was amazing to receive such strong support from the students at Ulster University –  these things make the job even more worthwhile.”

AOP Awards winner lecturer

Victa, Charity of the Year: “Organisations should consider nominating themselves for the AOP Awards 2019 because they’re worth it. It’s really not an ego thing, it shows that good communications matter.

“Winning an award is a team effort, and being part of that winning team will give your staff something to be proud of. The passion that we have in our business made the entire process enjoyable yet challenging as we justified our entitlement. Taking time to look at what you have achieved in your business can make you feel proud and motivated for the future.”

Nominations for the AOP Awards 2019 are now open. For more information, visit