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

Olympus Sponsors Best Photographer at HMA17

Imaging giant Olympus is to sponsor the Best Photographer award at the Heavy Music Awards 2017.

Olympus will take to the HMA17 stage at House of Vans London on August 24 to help present the award.

The seven finalists in the Best Photographer category are Tom Barnes, Corinne Cumming, Ben Gibson, Ross Halfin, Paul Harries, Jennifer McCord and John McMurtrie.

Georgina Pavelin, Marketing Manager, explained why Olympus chose to get involved: “Olympus is celebrating music photography by supporting our friends at the Heavy Music Awards 2017.

“Many photographers choose this genre for their passion – or in fact – music photography chooses them – and we are proud to sponsor the Best Photographer category to recognise some fantastic talent and inspiring imagery.

“Olympus are working with various music photographers to share this message; from father and son team, Ross and Oliver Halfin, Tony McGee with his iconic Bowie images, Jill Furmanovski with Rock Archives collection and many more; we want to educate and support photographers at all stages to create high quality images that last.

“Music photography is notoriously tough; whether just starting out and getting jostled in the crowds, dropping your kit in the mud, finding the right lenses to capture the stage and working with difficult lighting; we are pleased to launch our flagship OM-D EM-1 Mark II camera to deliver in tough environments.

“Compatible also with our audio music recorders and LS-100 multi track, you have the perfect solution for great images, video, audio and more!”

Andy Pritchard, co-founder of the Heavy Music Awards, said: “We are thrilled to have Olympus, a true photography powerhouse, behind the HMAs.

“We received nominations for almost 150 photographers for HMA17 – the strength in depth is absolutely staggering. With that in mind, we feel strongly that music photographers deserve more recognition across the board and we are very proud to help celebrate their work with the help of Olympus.”

To explore the Olympus range of camera and audio equipment click here.

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