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Bradford Student Snaps Award
A Bradford undergraduate has had two photographs make the final of a prestigious national competition.

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

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

Paul made the last 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.

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 at Bradford School of Art at Bradford College.

“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.”

Paul Maguire

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.”

An exhibition of all 60 finalists from this year's AOP Student Awards will be on display at Wex Photo Video in Whitechapel, London, until July 31.

Bradford Student Snaps Award, 11th July 2018, 20:49 PM