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Young Photographer of the Year 2020 Finalists Announced

Now in its fourth year, the Heavy Music Awards Young Photographer of the Year competition has welcomed thousands of entries since 2017 from emerging amateur talents aged 16-21.

For the 2020 edition, revered lensman Paul Harries took the time to judge the entries, picking out his six favourites. The winner will then have the chance to be mentored by Paul at an exclusive London photoshoot.

The next part of the competition is down to you. Pick YOUR favourite and help to crown this year’s Young Photographer of the Year.

THE FINALISTS

Sky Buerhaus
Martha Fitzpatrick
George Girvan
James Kay
Josh Leveridge
Dani Willgress

Paul Harries – known around the world for a portfolio bursting with iconic images of artists including Nirvana, Muse, Green Day, Metallica, Biffy Clyro, Ozzy Osbourne, Iron Maiden, Slash, Bring Me The Horizon, Ghost, My Chemical Romance, Twenty One Pilots, Blink-182, Slipknot and countless more – said, “It’s a privilege to be asked to provide a short-list for the Young Photographer of the Year competition. I’m regularly asked for advice by budding young photographers so this is a great opportunity for me to edit for the most promising 16-21 year olds. I’m already looking forward to working with the winner on a shoot next year so I can offer advice, hopefully inspire, and perhaps share a few trade secrets.”

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The Young Photographer of the Year competition has become hugely popular since its inception in 2017, and the winner of 2018’s contest, Eleanor Sutcliffe, became a full member of the HMA19 photo team, shooting the red carpet attendees and winners.

Skillet by Sky Buerhaus

Dream State by Martha Fitzpatrick

Woes by George Girvan

The Dangerous Summer by James Kay

Yungblud with We Are One by Josh Leveridge

Yungblud by Dani Willgress

Dead Simple Accounting Signs Up for HMA20

Highly-regarded financial experts Dead Simple Accounting have partnered with the Heavy Music Awards for 2020 as an Official Supporter.

The Reading based firm works closely with musicians, creatives, freelancers and small businesses to take the hassle out of finances, with a client list that speaks for itself – including the likes of Architects, Sylosis, TesseracT, SikTh and more – offering a full range of services relevant to every corner of the music industry: self-assessment tax returns, book-keeping, VAT returns, company formation, year ends, payroll, forecasting… Even mortgages.

DSA’s Director James Clayton – otherwise seen as guitarist in The Arusha Accord – has a musical background which means his team understands such music-centric subjects as PRS royalties, merch splits, record advances, multiple revenue sources, touring and subsistence rates. He said, “Loud music and beer you say? Count us in! We’re stoked to be supporting the 2020 HMAs: a very important part of the music calendar.”

HMAs co-founder Andy Pritchard said, “Obviously it can be easy to look at the show on stage and forget about the very real behind the scenes challenges facing everyone who works in the music industry. Quality accounting can be the difference between being able to make a tour work, record another album or simply keep tabs on cashflow, it’s that important. You don’t have to look far beyond Dead Simple Accounting’s client list and reviews to know that they’re one of the best in the game. We’re proud to welcome them to the HMAs for the first time in 2020.”

Find out more about Dead Simple Accounting at their website.

Ticketmaster Returns to Sponsor Best Festival at HMA20

Global ticketing giant Ticketmaster will partner with the Heavy Music Awards for a third consecutive year, stepping up their involvement to act not only as Official Ticketing Partner, but also for the first time as sponsor of the Best Festival category.

Having been involved with the HMAs since 2018, this agreement sees a significant step up in support for the scheme, and will once again provide market-leading ticketing support for the event on Thursday 21 May 2020.

Bonita McKinney, Ticketmaster’s Business Development Manager – Music & Festivals, said, “From alt to prog and the heaviest of the heavy, metal and rock has always been massively important to us at Ticketmaster.

“This was our 16th year working with Download Festival and also saw us working with venues and promoters Fuel Rock Club, Sin City, Marshall Live and Damnation Festival to name a few. It really meant a lot to us when Slipknot got number one back in August as we’ve worked with their team for a while, and continue to champion heavy artists such as Black Futures, Holding Absence, Vukovi and Yungblud across our discovery platforms.

“We are really excited to be sponsoring the Heavy Music Awards for a third year, and look forward to celebrating the achievements of this loyal and passionate industry.”

Heavy Music Awards co-founder Dave Bradley said, “Ticketmaster have been a wonderful partner of the HMAs for a long time now, so it’s great to be welcoming them back in a significantly expanded role for 2020. Ticketmaster’s team are incredibly passionate about pushing the rock and metal cause on the biggest stage. It’s a real privilege to work alongside them for HMA20.”

 

 

The Best Festival category was won by Bloodstock Open Air in 2019 (pictured above), with Download Festival and Hellfest Open Air picking up the award in 2017 and 2018 respectively.

Public voting for the fourth annual Heavy Music Awards will open on 12 Feb 2020.

HMA Young Photographer of the Year Returns for 2020

The Heavy Music Awards Young Photographer of the Year competition is back for a fourth year to celebrate outstanding talent among young photographers in the rock and metal scene.

The 2020 edition will once again invite amateur photographers aged 16-21 to submit their images in the hope of snaring the prize. For 2020 we’re excited to announce that the winner will have the chance to be mentored by legendary rock lensman and HMA19 Best Photographer Paul Harries at an exclusive London photo shoot.

Paul will also be responsible for selecting the finalists, before the public is invited to cast their votes and decide the winner.

Paul Harries

Slipknot’s Corey Taylor, Babymetal and Bring Me The Horizon’s Oli Sykes – by Paul Harries

Paul Harries – known around the world for a portfolio bursting with iconic images of artists including Nirvana, Muse, Green Day, Metallica, Biffy Clyro, Ozzy Osbourne, Iron Maiden, Slash, Bring Me The Horizon, Ghost, My Chemical Romance, Twenty One Pilots, Blink-182, Slipknot and countless more – said, “It’s a privilege to be asked to provide a short-list for the Young Photographer of the Year competition. I’m regularly asked for advice by budding young photographers so this is a great opportunity for me to edit for the most promising 16-21 year olds. I’m already looking forward to working with the winner on a shoot next year so I can offer advice, hopefully inspire, and perhaps share a few trade secrets.”

Enter Shikari by Dan Mills

The winning shot from YPOTY 2019 – Enter Shikari by Dan Mills

The Young Photographer of the Year competition has become hugely popular since its inception in 2017, and the winner of 2018’s contest, Eleanor Sutcliffe, became a full member of the HMA19 photo team, shooting the red carpet attendees and winners.

Heavy Music Awards co-founder Andy Pritchard said, “YPOTY has become one of the most fun and exciting elements of the HMAs each year – the quality of the photographs we receive is astounding, and we’re incredibly proud to be able to offer this platform to those who will undoubtedly be at the vanguard of heavy music photography in years to come. Having Paul Harries involved for 2020, a genuine legend of the scene, is a real honour.”

Entry for YPOTY20 is open now this location.

For 2020, entrants are asked to submit two photos.

To be eligible, you must be aged 16 to 21 on the date entry closes – 18 December 2019.

Finalists will be announced on 20 January 2020, when public voting will also open. The vote will close on 31 January 2020. The winner will be announced 5 February 2020.

Young Photographer of the Year 2020

Heavy Music Awards Moves to May for 2020, Returns to O2 Forum Kentish Town

The Heavy Music Awards will move to May for its fourth annual celebration, returning once again to London’s 2,300 capacity O2 Forum Kentish Town on Thursday 21 May 2020.

Having taken place in late August from 2017 to 2019, the event is now situated at the front end of the European festival season, and closer to the previous calendar year which forms the basic criteria for entry.

HMAs co-founder Dave Bradley said, “HMA19 was a huge success at the O2 Forum – the entire team is superb and the venue worked perfectly for the Heavy Music Awards. We’re excited to return to Kentish Town with some great new additions to the day to create an even more memorable event for attendees, and even more value for our amazing sponsors and supporters.”

With the new timetable, the nominations and public voting process will now take place much earlier in the year. Exact dates – as well as the line-up for HMA20 and details of the Young Photographer of the Year 2020 competition – will be announced in due course.

 


 

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