Oliver Au-Yeung was born in Hong Kong. First he worked as a news and feature writer and photographer for United Press International, later as a commercial photographer, and finally as a senior technical officer at the Hong Kong Space Museum, responsible for the production of video programmer on astronomy, using photography, models, computerized animation and synchronizing sound effects.
In the 1960s, Oliver studied photography under the renowned photographer, Chan Shau-u.
His international salon record is impressive. For five years from 1973-1977, he was among the world's top 10 photographers in the monochrome print division. The Photographic Society of America awarded him with the five-star Exhibitor title, and the Photographic Salon Exhibitors Association awarded him a Fellowship.
Oliver is an Associate of the Royal Photographic Society of Great Britain. He holds the honourary exhibitor titles of the following institutions: Del Foto Club Argentino, the Hong Kong 35mm Photography Society and the Chinese YMCA Photographic Association of Hong Kong. Also he holds honorary fellowship of the South East Photographic Society of Singapore and The Chinese Photographic Society of Toronto. He is a Fellow of the Photographic Society of Hong Kong, the Photo Club of KBC of Vietnam, and the International Exhibition of Photography of India, respectively. His most treasured title is the Fellowship of the British Institute of Professional Photography, which has been awarded to very few Hong Kong photographers.
From 1973-1987, Oliver served the Hong Kong Photographic Salon Exhibitors Association as salon director, salon judge and vice-president. The Association awarded him an Honorary Fellowship.
Oliver moved to Canada in 1988. He assisted a Chinese television station to organize a competition of 60th century-old (1960 to 1969) Hong Kong photographs, and was a judge of the competition. He has also served as an adviser and judge to the Chinese Canadian Photographic Society of Toronto.