Abbey Road Studios announces first-ever music photography awards

Legendary Abbey Road Studios has announced details of the the very first Music Photography Awardswhich will be held in the studios later this year.

The inaugural AMPs will feature the best and most striking musical photography of 2021, as voted on by a panel that includes david bowie photographer Rankin, Moses Sumney, Shygirl and rolling stoneSacha Lecca’s assistant cinematographer.

Along with a number of closed categories, entries are welcome from photographers around the world for the Studio, Live, Championing Scenes and Undiscovered Photographer of the Year awards.

Discussing the awards, Rankin, who leads the judging panel, said: “Throughout my career it has always been very important to me to support emerging and undiscovered talent in photography, so the opportunity to Partnering with one of the biggest and most prestigious music brands at Abbey Road Studios for this year’s first Music Photographer of the Year Awards is hugely exciting. “Music photography is an art form that doesn’t get the recognition it deserves, so it’s great to celebrate those working in the field with these awards. What I always look for with photography is a connection to the subject and music has been one of my main passions for as long as I can remember, so it’s a real thrill.

Check out all the categories from the inaugural Music Photography Awards below, with explanations of what they represent. They will take place at Abbey Road Studios in May, with an exact date to be determined.

Zeitgeist Award
“This category celebrates The Image that Defines Music in 2021.”

Champion Stages Awards
“This award will highlight the importance of grassroots movements by celebrating photographers documenting subcultural music scenes around the world.”

Live Music Photography Awards
“Capturing the image that defined live music in 2021.”

Studio Photography Award
“Exploring the Music Recording Process.”

Unknown Photographer of the Year
“We want to showcase the best upcoming photographers from all walks of life who are forging a path in music photography. Do you have a work to check out?”


Portrait Photography Awards
“A photograph that captures the spirit, essence and personality of the artist. Stylized, conceptual or candid, this is how the artist represents his work through visual imagery.

Editorial Photography Award
“Editorial photography tells a story with images. It can take the viewer on a journey, illuminate a written text, set the tone or present a highly evolved creative concept.

Artist Photography at Work Award
“A defining photograph that captures a moment of creativity at work – in the studio, on stage, backstage.”

Icon Price
“A special honor in recognition of an individual whose impact and contribution to the art of music photography is unparalleled.”

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