The Heavy Music Awards Young Photographer of the Year competition has reached its climax – following a record number of entries, judging by hugely respected professionals Corinne Cumming and Jennifer McCord, and thousands of votes from the public, we are excited to reveal that the winner is… Dan Mills!

It was Dan’s photo of Enter Shikari at Nottingham Rock City that sealed the victory – and with Dan having now bagged his prize of a photo pass for Download Festival in June, he will have the chance to shoot the band once more when they headline the Avalanche Stage. The festival will be giving Dan access to shoot throughout the weekend alongside some of the industry’s biggest names.

Having judged the entries alongside Corinne Cumming, Jennifer McCord said, “It was a really great experience judging the shortlist, there’s so many talented young photographers and it’s really exciting. Dan’s photo stood out to me immediately because I felt it captured the quieter moments of a Shikari show. Your eye is drawn to Rou immediately but the framing also brings in the crowd and gives an intimate sense of the performance. Plus I love the tonality in the edit!”

Check out the winning photo below and make sure you follow Dan Mills on Instagram right here.

 

HMA19 Young Photographer of the Year - Enter Shikari by Dan Mills

 

We’d like to say a huge thank you to Corinne and Jennifer for their time and expertise, and to Download Festival for giving us this incredible prize.

Congratulations to Dan on winning, and to his fellow finalists Chloe Ring, Adam Chandler, Benny Brown, Murry Deaves, Fraser Kerr and Jacob Powney – and of course thank you to everyone who entered and voted. YPOTY will be back in 2020!