NME Music Photography Awards

It turns out that more can come from the festival season than some great, if hazy memories; a mild case of trench foot and a large collection of overpriced sustainable pint cups.

Sally Rose McCormack – Man diving into mud…, winner of Festivals category
Sally Rose McCormack – Man diving into mud…, winner of Festivals category

Over the feted summer festival period, for the last three years music magazine NME and camera brand Nikon have invited amateur and professional photographers to get snapping, and submit their music-related imagery for the NME Music Photography Awards.

Matt Richardson – Tribes, Bournemouth - winner of the under 21 category
Matt Richardson – Tribes, Bournemouth – winner of the under 21 category

From today, the winning entries and runners up from each of the categories –  which include Live, Portrait, Festivals, Reportage and Under 21s, for amateurs – will be on display at London’s Getty Images Gallery. The final of the six categories is for professional photographers.

Andrew Hughes – Spector HMV, winner of Live category and overall winner
Andrew Hughes – Spector HMV, winner of Live category and overall winner

This year’s competition saw more than 7000 images submitted. The judging panel included NME editor Mike Williams, acting photo director at NME Zoe Capstick and photographer Dean Chalkley, the man behind this year’s Mod movie The New Faces.

Sebastian Dehesdin - Tassemancy, winner of the Professional category
Sebastian Dehesdin – Tassemancy, winner of the Professional category

The winners of the amateur categories were awarded a Nikon 1 camera kit, and the winner of the professional category received a D800 kit digital SLR. All winners are also offered the chance of a  ‘photography master class’ with an NME photographer, with the best two chosen to shoot a gig for NME.

Ken Leanfore – Tyler the creator, winner of the Reportage category
Ken Leanfore – Tyler the creator, winner of the Reportage category

NME Music Photography Awards with Nikon Exhibition runs from 7 November – 1 December at Getty Images Gallery, 46 Eastcastle Street, London, W1W

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