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HMA19 Young Photographer of the Year – The Winner Is…

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!

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.

HMA Young Photographer Competition Returns for 2018

Following the success of our Young Photographer competition in 2017, we’re excited to announce its return for 2018 with an incredible prize.

This year, our winner will be invited to attend HMA18 Best Festival finalist Bloodstock Festival for a day, with a friend, where they will meet with HMA17 Best Photographer (and HMA18 finalist) Ben Gibson for a one-to-one masterclass. They’ll then be given a photo pass to get stuck in alongside some of heavy music’s most revered snappers, before heading back to meet Ben for a chat about their shots and some expert advice on image processing. In Ben’s words, “We will go through everything from technique to editing to delivering to clients in the quickest possible time.”

And that’s not all – the winner will also receive two tickets to the Heavy Music Awards at KOKO, London on Thursday 23 August.

Ben, who has risen to the top of the game with work for some of the biggest rock publications on earth, said, “When I was in education, there was never an opportunity to be guided in music photography, it was always too far out of the comfort zone of my tutors or often somewhat looked down upon. I had to find my own feet. There was never opportunities to work alongside someone with actual real world experience. The guests speakers in which the tutors always brought in were often old, out of touch and never really offered any guidance for the real world and how to actually make it a career. Because of this, I am more than happy to team up with The HMAs to give someone the opportunity of a leg up and pass on any skills and pointers for working in the real world as a music photographer.”

Bloodstock Festival Director Vicky Hungerford added, “We are very pleased and proud to be offering the winner of this the opportunity to capture Bloodstock in all its glory! Supporting up and coming talent is what we love to be involved in and the HMAs are highlighting some superb new talent!”


How to Enter

As in 2017, entry is open to anyone aged 18-21 (as of today, 13 July 2018).

To enter, simply email a photo you have taken at a live show, along with your name, email address, the name of the band, the venue and the date of the show, to team@heavymusicawards.com, with the subject YOUNG PHOTOGRAPHER 2018, before 5pm on Thursday 19 July.

All qualifying entries will then be shared as a gallery on the HMA Facebook page, with the most liked image at 5pm on Monday 6 August being crowned winner.



We’d like to express our sincere gratitude to both Ben Gibson and the team at Bloodstock for making this happen.

Please note: the prize does not include any travel, accommodation or hospitality for either Bloodstock or the Heavy Music Awards. The winner will be required to provide their own photographic equipment. There is no alternative prize should our winner be unable to attend either event. The judges’ decision is final. Heavy Group Ltd reserves the right to withdraw entries without notice or published reason, and, should circumstances dictate, to amend or cancel the prize without notice or published reason.

HMA17 Young Photographer Competition Winner Announced

The winner of the HMA17 Young Photographer Competition has been crowned following a furiously fought public vote.

Picking up well over 500 votes means Nathan Robinson‘s image of Trivium’s Matt Heafy at Manchester Academy is our winner.

Nathan will now be joining a host of professional photographers at HMA17 to shoot the red carpet, presentation and live bands at House of Vans London on 24 August.

The Young Photographer Competition has received a huge amount of interest since its launch, with more than 60,000 Facebook users viewing the finalists’ photographs in just 10 days. We’d like to express our gratitude to all photographers who took the time to enter, and to everyone who took the time to like and share the images.

Take a look at the full gallery here.

The Best Photographer category at HMA17 is presented by Olympus.

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