Abbey Road Studios announces winners of first-ever Music Photography Awards

Abbey Road Studios held their first-ever Music Photography Awards (MTA) last night (May 14) – see the list of winners below.

Announced in February, the first-ever MPAs celebrated the best music photography of 2021, with awards voted on by a panel including Moses Sumney, Shygirl and photographer David Bowie Rankin.

Among the winners at last night’s ceremony, held at Abbey Road, was Eric Johnson, who won the Icon Award for his legendary photographs of the late 90s New York hip-hop scene and from the early 2000s, including famous snaps of Biggie Smalls, Aaliyah, Nas, Missy Elliott, Lauryn Hill and many more.

Abbey Road Managing Director Isabel Garvey said of the awards: “Everyone at Abbey Road Studios is delighted with the quality of the entries and winners of our inaugural Music Photography Awards. More generally, we are also incredibly encouraged by how MPAs have been embraced in the artistic and creative landscape.

“It has been great to create a platform to recognize emerging and established talent in this important field, and we are already looking forward to doing it all again in 2023! »

See the full list of winners below:

Champion scenes

Megan Doherty (winner)
Above ground
Rob Jones
Chris Suspect
Cicely Ellison


John Lyons (winner)
Anthony Harrison
Gary Mather
Jerome Brunet


Jack McKain (winner)
Nathalie Michele
Indy Brewer
Neelam Khan Vela
Aysia Marotta

The spirit of the times

Chris Suspect (winner)
Ricardo Piccirillo
By Shaun Craddock
Alec Castillo
Jason Sheldon


Joe Puxley (winner)
Jada and David Parrish
Oscar Hetherington
Hana Kovacs
Thomas Weidenhaupt

artist at work

Greg Noire (winner)
Jack McCain
Jennifer McCord
CJ Harvey
Dean Challey
Above ground


Samuel Trotter (winner)
Yana Yatsuk
Craig McDean
David LaChapelle
Fernando Aceves
Paul Sepuya


Yana Yatsuk (winner)
Aidan Zamiri
Grout Vicky
Lucas Garrido
Nicholas O’Donnell
Josiah Rundles

Last August, Abbey Road held an open day to mark 90 years of recording, with ‘Abbey Road: Open House’ giving visitors the chance to explore the three original recording rooms made famous by artists such as as the Beatles, Pink Floyd, Kate Bush, Oasis, Kanye West, Adele, Ed Sheeran and Frank Ocean.

It was announced in early 2021 that a new Abbey Road Studios documentary was in development, with Mary McCartney set to direct.

If these walls could sing is set to be the first feature-length documentary on the iconic studios, produced by Mercury Studios – Universal Music Group’s premier content studio.

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