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.


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