AOP Awards 2016 nominations now open

Nominations for our annual AOP Awards opens to the public

From today (26 February) patients and practitioners will be able to nominate individuals and organisations for the AOP Awards 2016, with optical professionals also encouraged to put themselves forward. Organised by the Association of Optometrists (AOP), the Awards recognise the highest levels of achievement in UK optics.

Individuals and organisations who are interested in nominating themselves or others for an award should visit the AOP Awards web page at before 10 April 2016. Nominators will then be asked to fill out a brief form with the contact details of their nominee which the AOP will follow up.

Henrietta Alderman, AOP Chief Executive, said: “We’re delighted to launch the AOP Awards 2016. Now in its sixth year, the Awards give us the opportunity to recognise excellence and exceptional achievements in optics. Could it be you this year? The Awards are all about practitioners who give so much to the public and profession. Do have a look at this year’s categories and consider putting yourself forward.”

The twelve categories, including optometrist, dispensing optician and contact lens practitioner of the year, will go to public vote after the awards judging panel have selected a shortlist. Successful nominees will be profiled in Optometry Today (OT) and invited to an awards ceremony and dinner on 11 November. Last year’s Optometrist of the Year winner, Dr Martin Smith, said he has been overwhelmed to win the accolade commenting: “Winning Optometrist of the Year is a great feeling, it is an honour.”

In addition to the eleven categories open to public nomination and vote will be the Lifetime Achievement Award, selected by the AOP judging panel. This category recognises the person who has dedicated their career to promoting and expanding the role of optics or who has brought the benefits of optics to a wider audience.


For more information, please contact Emily Campbell, Marketing and PR Officer, at the Association of Optometrists, [email protected] or telephone 020 7549 2040.
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Notes to Editors

Association of Optometrists 

The Association of Optometrists (AOP) is the leading professional membership organisation for optometrists and other optical professionals in the UK. We support our community of 16,000 plus members to fulfil their professional roles to protect the nation’s eye health. As a founding member of the Optical Confederation we work with others to improve eye health for the public good. Find more information at

AOP Awards 

Now in its sixth year, the AOP Awards has quickly become a highlight of the optical calendar. The winners will be announced on 10 November 2016 at a black tie ceremony during the National Optical Conference at the Hilton Metropole Hotel in Birmingham. The following awards are now open for nominations until 10 April 2016:

• Newly-qualified Optometrist of the Year, sponsored by Leightons Opticians and Hearing Care
• Optometrist of the Year 
• Dispensing Optician of the Year 
• Contact Lens Practitioner of the Year 
• Optical Assistant of the Year 
• Student of the Year, Sponsored by Keeler
• Lecturer of the Year 
• Marketing Campaign of the Year 
• Practice of the Year 
• Young Practice of the Year
• Charity of the Year

Nomination terms and conditions can be found on the AOP website. In addition to the above categories open to the public vote, the following accolade will be selected by an internal judging panel:

• Lifetime Achievement Award 

You can find more information in the AOP Awards page.