The NME Photography Awards with Nikon saw thousands of top-notch shots sent in to be judged by legendary photographers Dean Chalkley, Jill Furmanovsky, and Pennie Smith. This shot from Kane Hibberd was highly commended in the Professional category.
Unbelievably, this was the winning shot from the 14 and Under category. Wouter Loeve composed the pic, and impressed Pennie Smith. “Younger people can look at things with cleaner eyes” she remarked, adding “black and white suits me, as I’ve made a career out of it”.
Rob Marrison took this interesting shot of a punter in a monkey hat at Latitude this year, scooping the top spot in the Reportage category. “It feels like the photographer and the subject are both asleep, or at least slowed down and thoughtful” Pennie Smith commented. “I like those moments where you’re caught off-guard.”
Matt Richardson was highly commended in the Age 15-17 category for this colourful shot of Karen O at the Bournemouth O2 Academy in December 2009.
Matthew Dear throws a flamboyant pose at Fabric, and nets photographer Jason Williamson the first prize in the Portrait category. All three judges loved this shot, and Pennie Smith said: “It’s the idiot friend shot. It was spontaneous and made me laugh. Nothing up to that point had really scored a gut reaction until this one”.
Alexandra Apolenová was the overall winner in the Aged 15-17 category, for this green-tinted shot of Adam Green at Pohoda Festival earlier this year.
The Reportage category saw a wide range of shots submitted, with this voyeuristic pic of Sam Forrest from Nine Black Alps seeing Martin Cohen highly commended.
Mounted police keep watch over the Glastonbury punters during another Glastonbury sunset. This was the winning picture in the Festival category for photographer James Berry.
Ben Newman was highly commended in the NME Photo Awards with Nikon for his Portrait shot of Roots Manuva.
Another near winner. Bart Pettman was highly commended for his action-packed shot of Monotonix at Leeds’ Nation Of Shopkeepers venue in August 2009.
Paula Gillespie won in the Professional category for her portfolio of portraits. Judge Pennie Smith said her work was “beyond photography, totally painterly and totally evocative.”
Kylie Keene was highly commended in the Live category for her still of All American Rejects in Brisbane in 2009. For more on the NME Photo Awards, including tips from our photography Danny North and loads of posters featuring the work of Andy Willshire, grab this week’s NME magazine.