Abbey Road Studios unveils first-ever Music Photography Award winners

Rankin/Abbey Road Music Photography Prize

Abbey Road Studios has revealed the winners of the the very first Music Photography Awardswhich was held this weekend in the legendary studios.

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

In addition to a number of closed categories, entries were welcome from photographers around the world for the Studio, Live, Championing Scenes and Undiscovered Photographer of the Year awards.

rolling stone received numerous nominations ahead of the event, winning the editorial photography award for the photo of rapper Polo G by Samuel Trotter. Other nominations include Yana Yatsuk cover image of Billie EilishCJ Harvey’s behind the scenes pics of Mannequin Pussyby David LaChapelle picture of Dua Lipa and Josiah Rundles’ Playboi Carti photo.

Polo G and his son

Samuel Trotter

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 partner with one of the biggest and most prestigious music brands in Abbey Road Studios for this year’s first Music Photographer of the Year Awards, is extremely 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 winners of the inaugural Music Photography Awards below, with explanations of what they stand for.

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Zeitgeist Award “This category celebrates The Image that Defines Music in 2021.”
Winner: Chris Suspect

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

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

Winner: John Lyons

Studio Photography Award
“Exploring the Music Recording Process.”

Winner: Jack McKain

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Jack McCain

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?”

Winner: Joe Puxley


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.

Winner: Yana Yatsuk

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.

Winner: Samuel Trotter

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

Winner: Greg Black

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

Winner: Eric Johnson

Eric Johnson

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