Double vision as Paul has two shots in photography awards final

Photography student Paul Maguire with one of the two of his images that made the AOP Student Awards 2018 final

A Bradford School of Art undergraduate has had two photographs reach the final of a prestigious national competition.

Two images by Paul Maguire, who is studying a photography degree at Bradford College, have been shortlisted for the final of the Association of Photographers’ Student Awards 2018.

The awards are a celebration of the best in photography among students across the country. The organisers invited submission of images in three categories - people, places and things.

Paul made the final shortlist in two of the three areas. His shot of a visitor in the window of The Hepworth Wakefield made the final in the People category and a black and white image of the sea wall at Blackpool was chosen in the Places category.

Paul's image of The Hepworth Wakefield was a finalist in the People category of the AOP Student Awards 2018

Paul's sea front shot was a finalist in the Places category of the AOP Student Awards 2018

While Paul’s two stunning images just missed out on the top spots, they are on show in the AOP Student Awards exhibition, which runs in the Wex Photo Video gallery in London until the end of July.

“It was fantastic to see two of my images shortlisted for this year’s competition,” said Paul, who has just completed the first year of the BA (Hons) Photography degree.

“The AOP received over 1,500 entries so I was amazed when I received confirmation that I had been selected to attend the awards evening in London.

“The exhibition containing the final images was of a very high standard and it was great to connect with students and lecturers from all over the country.

“The experience has given me the confidence to enter more competitions and push on with my photography journey.

“I would like to thank my lecturers Sally Robinson and Andy Vaines for their support and guidance during my first year of studies. I look forward to years two and three.”

Sally Robinson, Programme Leader for Photography at Bradford School of Art, said: “The AOP is an internationally-respected, industry-focussed photography organisation.

“From more than a thousand student entries from colleges and universities all over the country, the best 20 were chosen for each category and for Paul to have had two entries progress to the final is very impressive.

“Paul attended the awards ceremony in London and had the chance to network with the judges, who are all respected commercial photographers in their own field, as well as meeting other industry professionals.”