Award Winning Photos That All Have ONE Thing In Common, And It’s Stunning!


Published on October 18th, 2016

Shutterbugs from around the world submitted more than 2,000 entries of their best photographs that include an astronaut’s golden visor, paralympians on the road to glory, a painted elephant, scenes of suburban Japan, champion slamdunkers and burned children’s toys are among the entries to the Association of Photographers open awards. Formed in 1968, the AOP is one of the most prestigious professional photographers’ associations in the world.

Looking at the photos below, the competition would have been pretty tight.

Benedict Redgrove went behind the scenes of Nasa’s incredible technology for this space shot



Finnish photographer Markku Lahdesmaki is known for his vivid images that mix humour with surrealism



Tom Barnes took this stunning image of Paralympian Jonnie Peacock, a British sprinter who won gold at the 2012 and 2016 Summer Paralympics



Kelvin Murray, with his unique take on Maria from film classic The Sound Of Music


A portrait of actor Lucian Msamati in his role as Salieri in the National Theatre’s production of Amadeus, as shot by Seamus Ryan; right, Richard Bradbury’s take on Tameru Zegeye – Guinness World record-holder for the  fastest 100m on forearm crutches



Greg White’s Danchi – which, in Japanese, means large clusters of apartment buildings synonymous with public housing projects



A burned teddy bear, by Tal Silverman, forms part of a hard-hitting Check Your Smoke Alarm campaign



A clever use of illusion by German photographer Kai-Uwe Gundlach in this black-and-white portrait



Collaborative practice Regan/Grey’s inventive use of stationery; and an interior scene by Netherlands photographer Rene Van Der Hulst


A portrait from Dan Prince’s ‘Snowing’ series. Based in Newcastle upon Tyne, he specialises in people on location battling the ever-changing elements



A moody portrait by Los Angeles-based photographer Deirdre O’Callaghan



Another powerful piece from Tal Silverman’s smoke alarm campaign in conjunction with Duracell



One of Tom Barnes’s portraits from his Paralympian series. Pictured, British powerlifter Ali Jawad, who was born without legs


Above, images from Laura Lewis’s book, Good Luck And Do Your Best – which aimed to capture the mood of suburban Japan



British Paralympic swimmer Charlotte Henshaw, photographed by Tom Barnes



Part of Sophie Ebrard’s Dunk Elite series, where she spent time with some of the world’s best basketball players in New York



Another shot from Ebrard’s Dunk Elite set, which extended way beyond the NBA



One of Lulu Ash’s images, which tend to focus on ‘feelings, connections, stories’ – what she calls ‘visual narratives’