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Young Photographer of the Year 2019 Finalists Revealed

The finalists for the third edition of the Heavy Music Awards Young Photographer of the Year have been announced, having been judged exclusively by professional snappers Corinne Cumming and Jennifer McCord. To qualify, entrants needed to be aged 16-21 when entry closed at the beginning of March.

Public voting is now open to determine the winner, who will be invited to shoot Download Festival at Donington Park in June.

This year, in line with the HMAs’ mission to push forward and engage audiences in new ways, voting is taking place exclusively through Facebook Messenger.

To take part, simply click here and follow the prompts. The voting process takes less than a minute and requires no sign-up. Voting closes 22 April 2019.


The finalists are:

Murry Deaves
(Photo of Architects at O2 Victoria Warehouse, Manchester)

Dan Mills
(Photo of Enter Shikari at Rock City, Nottingham)

Benny Brown
(Photo of Parkway Drive at O2 Apollo, Manchester)

Fraser Kerr
(Photo of Twenty One Pilots at O2 Academy Brixton, London)

Chloe Ring
(Photo of Parkway Drive at Alexandra Palace, London)

Jacob Powney
(Photo of Estate at O2 Academy, Birmingham)

Adam Chandler
(Photo of Turnstile at The Globe, Cardiff)

 

Young Photographer of the Year Returns for 2019

The Heavy Music Awards’ Young Photographer of the Year competition is back for a third year – with some incredibly exciting new additions to the process.

To begin with, hugely respected professional photographers Corinne Cumming and Jennifer McCord have very kindly accepted our invitation to judge the entries and select the finalists. Following a public vote, one winner will be given the chance to shoot Download Festival, featuring some of the biggest names in heavy music.

In addition, we are very pleased to say the age range has been broadened, with entry now open to all photographers aged between 16-21*.

 

“The landscape of music photography has changed so quickly.”

Corinne, who is the founder of London’s Hotdog Studios and regularly works with the likes of Rock Sound, NME, Gibson, Ticketmaster, Upset and Dork, among many others., said, “I’m excited to be judging the shortlist for the Young Photographer of the Year award, I think this provides a great opportunity for someone to break into the industry.

Jennifer – who, like Corinne has been a finalist at both HMA17 and HMA18, works with the likes of Universal Music, Skull Candy, Sub Pop, Enter Shikari, Fall Out Boy, Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes, Architects, PRS for Music, Rock Sound and more. She added, “Really excited to be involved with the Young Photographer of the Year Award for the 2019 HMAs. The landscape of music photography has changed so quickly even in the 5 years I’ve been shooting and I think it’s great that there’s now an award that helps encourage support and development for photographers who are beginning their career.”

Download Festival’s Andy Copping said; “I love discovering new talent and Download Festival is proud to be able to continue to offer such a great platform for emerging artists. The lucky winner will be following in the footsteps in some of the greatest rock photographers in history.”

This year’s festival includes headline slots from Def Leppard, Slipknot and Tool.

 

Entry Now Closed

Finalists will be announced alongside the opening of the public vote on Wednesday 3 April, with the winner announced on Wednesday 24 April. Terms and conditions apply. Judges’ decision is final. Heavy Group Ltd makes no claim to the photos submitted for this competition. Download Festival prize includes two weekend camping tickets. No travel or catering expenses are included.

 

HMA19 Young Photographer of the Year

 

*Entrants’ age must be between 16 and 21 years old on 6 March 2019, the date entry closes.

Heavy Music Awards Return for 2018

The dust has barely settled on the first ever Heavy Music Awards, but today we are very excited to announce the event will return in 2018 with a full programme across the calendar year which will shine an even brighter light on the heavy music scene’s incredible talent both on and off stage.

Earlier this year, the inaugural HMAs received almost 100,000 votes from the public and crowned its first winners in August – Architects (Best Album), Enter Shikari (Best Live Band), Ghost (Best Album Artwork), Black Sabbath (Best UK Band), Gojira (Best International Band), I Prevail (Best Breakthrough Band), O2 Academy Brixton (Best Venue), Ben Gibson (Best Photographer), Download Festival (Best Festival), and Fredrik Nordström + Henrik Udd (Best Producer).

We’re not giving the whole game away just yet, but we can reveal HMA18 will once again take place in London on Thursday 23 August 2018, with a number of additional announcements due in the coming months.

New Categories

We’ve also given the categories a little reworking to underline our philosophy of giving exposure to up-and-coming artists alongside the established heavyweights. With that in mind, we’ve split the Best Breakthrough Band category in two – to create Best UK Breakthrough Band and Best International Breakthrough Band.

In addition, with more and more festival goers travelling abroad, we have opened nominations for Best Festival to the whole world.

We’ll be back with more announcements very, very soon.

Heavy Music Awards 2017

Creeper headlined HMA17 at House of Vans London

 


 

Sponsorship Opportunities

If you’re interested in sponsorship opportunities for HMA18, please email team@heavymusicawards.com or call 01277 356200.

Exclusive HMA17 Show to be Aired on Sky This Weekend

Highlights of the Heavy Music Awards 2017 are to premiere on Scuzz TV (Sky 367) on Saturday (September 16) at 9pm.

It will be repeated on Sunday, September 17, at 10pm.

The show will feature performances from headline act Creeper, Venom Prison, Vukovi and Dead! as well as appearances from the likes of BBC Radio 1’s Daniel P Carter and HMA winners Architects, Enter Shikari and Download Festival’s Andy Copping.

One of the on-stage features of HMA17 – which was sponsored by EMP – was the voiceover work of former BBC radio presenter Clare Reeves.

Clare’s dulcet tones announced each of the finalists at House of Vans London on August 24.

As a professional UK voiceover artist, Clare records a wide range of projects including TV and radio commercials, documentary narration, corporate videos, e-learning, museum soundscapes, audio guides, interactive voice response IVR and much more.

These top quality projects have been sent around the world to clients including Trivago, BMW, Deloitte, BBC, National Geographic, Hilary’s Blinds, Abu Dhabi Government and Unilever.

Clare is a BBC-trained radio presenter/audio engineer and an actor, passionate communicator and beachcomber.

The HMA team caught up with Clare to talk more about her fascinating work and mission to “bring your words to life”.

Q. Tell us about Clare Reeves and the work you do as a voice over artist (VOA)?

I’m Clare and I’m a Voiceover Artist. The wonderful thing about my work is the wide variety of projects and clients. My work includes voicing TV and Radio Commercials, TV documentary narration, Corporate productions of all kinds – from promotional videos, explainer videos for websites, phone answering systems, event announcements, exhibition stands to elearning! Then some days I work on museum soundscapes and audio guides and jingles for DJs / Podcasters.. I’ve even leant my voice to a dance music track and I’ve got an Art Installation coming up soon!

Q. What type of businesses do you work for?

All sorts, from global brands such as Unilever, BMW, Deloitte and Fox International Channels to UK based businesses, the NHS, charities and startups. I believe every business has a story to tell and a brand they treasure – using a professional voice is the best way to sound as good as you look.. businesses pay so much attention to their logo without sometimes thinking about what voice is on their answering system.. I think that is beginning to change and people are more aware of the power of a pro voice in an increasingly competitive world.

Q. You are one of the region’s leading VOA. How did you get into that industry?

I worked in the BBC for many years both sides of the microphone, as a radio presenter and also as a sound engineer at the BBC World Service. I used to direct the BBC’s TV Channels live on air and I’m a confirmed broadcast technology geek! I’m a total telly addict. I also have a background in acting with some theatre training. All of these things really came together for me after I had my son.. I wanted to build my own career, do something I loved that I could grow over the years. Voiceover isn’t just talking, it’s a hugely complex set of skills that all have to come together at a given moment to create the right thing. Some clients like to direct – others like me to direct myself. It’s about bringing words to life and giving them meaning as you lift them off the page. I train hard with a coach in LA and one in the UK as well. It’s vital to push yourself, to keep on top of current Voiceover trends (yes, there are trends) as it’s a very competitive business.

Q. How has being a VOA changed over the years, in terms of producing recordings and using technology?

Technology is ESSENTIAL for Voiceover Actors. I record most of my work from my own studio, at home, into Adobe Audition on my Mac – I edit and mix in the digital world and send finished files digitally as well. Clients also like to direct me live sometimes over Skype.. it’s all very current. It’s changed hugely since the days of having to go into a studio to be recorded on tape. Also in terms of how I find work and how work finds me.

Q. Tell us how, as a VOA, you use the Internet to connect with the public?

Most of my work finds me via the internet as well, and I use online marketing and social media a great deal too. I’m a little obsessed with Twitter.. it’s great for collecting contacts as well as keeping a profile amongst the public and clients. I endeavour to keep my website up to date with showreels and videos and news of what I’m up to. One aspect of the technology that can be overlooked is how wonderful it is to keep connected. As I say, I work largely on my own – it could be very isolating – but thankfully I have a fantastic network of friends in the business and we chat daily online, share stories and wisdom etc. It’s a bit like being in an office – well, the good bits!

Q. How can using a VOA enhance an event?

Events are exciting, they are an occasion. I think that participants and guests want to feel special at an event. By using a pro Voiceover to make announcements (we call it being “Voice of God” in the VO biz!) I think you are saying “we are serious, we are professional, we respect you and want you to feel special, this matters”. It also means that the brand holding the event looks good.. you don’t notice a great voice necessarily – you notice a great event and how you felt.

Q. If a business wants to use your services, what is the best way of connecting with you?

Pop over to my website clarereevesvoiceovers.com and send me a note via my contact form – I’m always happy to chat through what you think you need, provide a free sample and quote for you. Even if you have never worked with a voiceover before, I make things easy and help you out every step of the way.

Photo: James North Photography

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