The winning photographs from 2012’s NME Photography Awards with Nikon are now being shown at the Getty Images, along with the best of the runners-up. The exhibition runs from November 7 to December 1, and here are some of the winning photos plus shots from the night.
We know better than anyone how important and powerful music photography can be and that’s why we teamed up with Nikon to scour the UK to find the next wave of inspirational music snappers with the NME Music Photography Awards.
The awards were split into six categories; Live, Portrait, Reportage, Festivals, and Under-21, plus a Professional category to celebrate the work of established photographers.
All the entries were rated by NME.com users, before being judged by a panel of experts comprising of NME Editor Mike Williams, NME Acting Picture Director Zoe Capstick, and renowned rock snapper Dean Chalkley (pictured here).
NME Editor Mike Williams said: “It’s our mission each year to dig out the most exciting music photography, and the images here showcase the very best.”
A heaving throng turned up to check out the rising stars of rock photography.
Andrew Hughes’ photo of Spector performing at HMV was the winner of the Live category.
Some of the work of Roger Sargent, winner of the Outstanding Contribution to Music Photography award.
The winner of the Reportage category is Ken Leanfore who took this shot of US rapper Tyler The Creator crossing a street on a skateboard.
Carl Barat, Outstanding Contribution winner Roger Sargent and Theo Hutchcraft of Hurts.
A vast turnout at the NME Music Photography Awards with Nikon.
Matt Richardson, winner of the Under-21 category.
Not just photographs on display, but cameras too.
Roger Sargent collects his award for Outstanding Contribution to Music Photography from NME Deputy Editor Eve Barlow.
Edie Langley and Carl Barat.
Getting the party started on the old 1s and 2s. And laptop.
This photograph of Umlala taken by Orit Pnini won the Portrait category and is even used by the band as the cover image on their Facebook page.
All the great and good turned up for the NME Music Photography Awards with Nikon, including – apparently – Empress Elizabeth II.
Carl Barat, Roger Sargent and Theo Hutchcraft prop each other up.
This is the winning photograph from the Festival category, taken by Sally Rose McCormack.
Legendary music snappers Roger Sargent and Dean Chalkley put their heads together.
Sally Rose McCormack, winner of the Festival category.
This black and white photo of Tassemancy, taken by Sebastian Dehesdin, won the Professional category.
Dylan surveys some of the winning snaps.
Hutchcraft was blissfully unaware of Manson’s advances.
Matt Richardson is the winning photographer for the Under-21 category for his shot of the Tribes walking past the screaming crowds of girls at Bournemouth.
Matt Richardson and family celebrate his Under-21 category victory.
A stylish paint job for Her Majesty’s new motor.
Matt Richardson with his prize.
Splendid night. See you next year.