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.

 

How to Enter

To enter, hit the button below and submit your best photo taken in since 1 January 2018.

Initial entry is open until 5pm on Wednesday 6 March, at which point the judging process will begin to select the finalists. 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.

EMP Returns as Headline Sponsor for HMA19

We are incredibly excited to announce that international merchandising powerhouse EMP has signed up as Headline Sponsor for the Heavy Music Awards 2019.

Founded in 1986, the German-based company has gone on to become Europe’s top provider of alternative clothing and music, TV, film and video game merchandise, with over 20,000 products available online.

Sam Kelly-Wallace, EMP’s UK Events Manager, said, “EMP are very proud to be the Headline Sponsor of the Heavy Music Awards 2019 and very much looking forward to the journey together with the HMA team and of course, the evening itself.

“Sponsoring the Heavy Music Awards is a chance for EMP to engage with its fans and celebrate the talent and diversity of the rock and metal world and its importance within the music industry.”

HMAs co-founder Dave Bradley said, “We are honoured to welcome EMP back to the HMAs for a second time.

“It has always been clear that this is a company that is hungry to progress and grow in a positive way, and the whole company is staffed by people who genuinely love this music. Their passion for heavy music is undeniable.

“They’re the perfect fit as our Headline Sponsor, and we’re hugely excited to develop this partnership in new and innovative ways.”

You can browse the EMP store here.

BIMM Returns as Education Partner for HMA19

Europe’s largest provider of contemporary music education, the British and Irish Modern Music Institute (BIMM) is back for a third year as the Official Education Partner of the the Heavy Music Awards.

As in 2018, the partnership will once again see students from BIMM taking an active role in the HMAs process – meeting with a host of individuals from all corners of the industry to learn, gain experience and build their contacts.

Leo Nicholas, BIMM’s Head of Industry Liaison and Careers, said, “BIMM are proud to be the lead education partner of the Heavy Music Awards for the third year running, continuing to support all corners of contemporary music, without exception.

“From year to year it has been a pleasure to see the awards grow in popularity, size and stature. At the heart of what makes the partnership so special is the having our students intern with the HMAs team, allowing them to gain real world, music event experience in one of the world’s most passionate and committed genres.”

Former BIMM Student Domonkos Gargyan – who took part in the scheme in 2018 and now works for Academy Music Group – said, “Working at the Heavy Music Awards last year was an amazing opportunity.

“On the day of the event, I got to work very closely with the main organizers, which provided a great insight into the operations of a major event of this sort. I was also lucky enough to meet some of my favourite musicians and chaperone them around.

“Moreover, anyone who works in heavy music is quite likely to be there. The amount of networking I did in just one night was insane!

Heavy Music Awards co-founder Andy Pritchard said, “We’re immensely proud that BIMM is back for a third year. Since the beginning of our partnership we have worked hard to give students some tangible experience, and many of them have gone on to find roles throughout the industry.

“It has always been a huge part of our mission to make sure the HMAs are offering genuine value to everyone involved – from established artists to those just taking their first steps into this incredible scene – and we feel this partnership embodies that philosophy.

“We cannot overstate just how excited we are to play our part in championing these amazing students who will unquestionably form the backbone of tomorrow’s music industry.”

Look out for further announcements shortly as this year’s students embark on their journey towards HMA19 at O2 Forum Kentish Town, London on 22 August.

Allianz Musical Insurance Returns to Partner with HMA19

Allianz Musical Insurance is set to return to the Heavy Music Awards for a second year, becoming sponsor of the Best Producer category at HMA19.

Founded in 1960 and offering cover to musicians for all types of instruments and equipment, Allianz Musical Insurance is the UK’s leading specialist insurer of musical instruments, covering over 70,000 musicians from students to internationally renowned artists.

Allianz Musical Insurance’s specialist claims team works with organisations across the world to help reunite musicians with their lost and stolen instruments, reflecting the company’s dedication to providing excellent service.

Clarice Goff, Senior Marketing Executive, said, “We’re delighted to be returning to sponsor the Heavy Music Awards again this year. There’s so much talent in the heavy music scene right now – both on stage and behind the scenes in the studio – and we’re excited to be involved in recognising it.”

The Best Producer category has seen a hugely varied list of nominees since the HMAs began in 2017. The award went to Henrik Udd and Fredrik Nordström at HMA17, and was most recently picked up by Will Putney – as announced on-stage by Henrik Udd at KOKO in August.

You can find out more about Allianz Musical Insurance at their website or by calling 0330 100 9903.

Heavy Music Awards 2019 Heads to O2 Forum Kentish Town

The Heavy Music Awards is set to expand once again with the third annual event set to hit London’s famous O2 Forum Kentish Town on Thursday 22 August 2019.

The move to the 2,300 capacity venue represents rapid growth for the HMAs. Having made stops at both House of Vans and Koko, the event has now effectively tripled in size since it launched just 20 months ago, becoming one of the biggest awards events for rock music on earth.

Eral Hassan, General Manager, O2 Forum Kentish Town, said: “We are so thrilled to be the venue of choice for the Heavy Music Awards 2019 and looking forward to going that extra mile with Dave and Andy to showcase the very best aspects of such a wonderful ceremony with our production capabilities in staging large-scale live events. We’ll be welcoming world-class artists to our stage to come together and celebrate the very best talent and music in the scene right now. We are also extremely proud to sponsor the Best Live Band category and support the most highly respected artists in the heavy music genre.”

HMAs co-founder Dave Bradley added, “HMA18 was a big step up for us in terms of event and global reach. The organic growth has been excellent but we’re constantly looking for ways to build the audience and offer more value to our finalists, winners and partners.

“The democratic voting process has been a powerful foundation from which to build the HMAs. It’s obviously positive to see the HMAs being shared by the likes of Metallica, Architects and Bring Me The Horizon, as the trickle down is tangible for newer artists – but we want to do more to help heavy music in any way we can.

“Moving to the O2 Forum Kentish Town helps us to expand that offering, and of course welcome even more people to celebrate heavy music together. We are ecstatic to be working with Eral, Zoya and the O2 Forum team, and to welcome them as sponsors of our Best Live Band category.”

 

Ticketmaster Returns for Second Year as Official Ticketing Partner

In addition, global sales and distribution giant Ticketmaster has signed up as Official Ticketing Partner for a second year, bringing their market leading expertise to the HMAs as the event once again makes use of the innovative Universe system.

Andrew Parsons, MD Ticketmaster UK, said: “Ticketmaster is proud to sponsor the Heavy Music Awards 2019 for the second year running.

“Heavy music fans are unrivalled in their passion and dedication, and hands down some of the best crowds we have ever come across. As the number one destination for heavy music fans we work with the likes of Bullet For my Valentine, Iron Maiden and Metallica, right alongside up-and-comers Milk Teeth and Sleep Token. The future is bright for heavy music, and we’re honoured to be a part of it.”

Further information regarding the event – including how to get tickets and the full line-up – will be announced in 2019.

 

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