We show­case en­tries sub­mit­ted for the AOP awards as the group gets ready for a 50 year Wharf ret­ro­spec­tive in April 2018

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Here are some of the fi­nal­ists in the “Os­cars of the pho­tog­ra­phy world”. Now in their 34th year, The As­so­ci­a­tion of Pho­tog­ra­phers Awards, recog­nise star snap­pers from across the globe.

Widely re­garded as the most pres­ti­gious com­pe­ti­tion for pro­fes­sional pho­tog­ra­phers, it re­ceives more than 3,500 en­tries each year, which are whit­tled down to 300 fi­nal­ists.

The big win­ners are due to have their mo­ment in the spot­light tonight (Thursday) at an awards cer­e­mony at The Old Tru­man Brew­ery in Shored­itch’s Brick Lane.

They will be awarded in two cat­e­gories, the Pho­tog­ra­phy Awards – open to AOP pho­tog­ra­pher and as­sist­ing pho­tog­ra­pher mem­bers, and the Open Awards, which any­one can en­ter.

But if you are not among the 1,000 in­vited guests, fear not. The pho­to­graphs will be ex­hib­ited to the pub­lic for free at the same venue from Oc­to­ber 13-16 as part of the Be­yond The Lens Festival.

If the thought of ven­tur­ing into hip­ster land in­spires dread, wait six months and see the creme de la creme of the AOP over the last half cen­tury within the sil­ver walls of Ca­nary Wharf ’s land­mark tower.

The or­gan­i­sa­tion will mark its 50th birth­day in 2018 with a dis­play in One Canada Square.

Made up of 50 of the best im­ages shot by mem­bers from the last 50 years, the ex­hi­bi­tion will be cu­rated by Zelda Chea­tle and runs from April to June 2018.

This image by Matthew Joseph is just one of the strik­ing im­ages in con­tention for an As­so­ci­a­tion Of Pho­tog­ra­phers Award, which will be pre­sented in east Lon­don’s Old Tru­man Brew­ery this evening (Thursday)

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