NME snapper and writer honoured at music press awards

NME.COM also picks up Best Digital Publication gong

Former NME snapper Pennie Smith, who famously photographed The Clash‘s iconic ‘London Calling’ cover’ as well as much of The Good, The Bad & The Queen‘s images (pictured), has been honoured at a music press awards ceremony.

Smith, who received NME‘s Godlike Genius award in 2002, was presented with the Outstanding Contribution To Music Photography gong at the Record Of The Day Awards awards by Blur guitarist Graham Coxon in London last night (November 27).

Ex-NME writer Jon Savage also received a similar award for music journalism at The Conway Hall, in Holborn.


Barbra Charone picked up the equivalent PR award.

Meanwhile, NME.COM received a gong for Best Digital Publication.

The full winners were:

Student Choice Publication: Quietus.com

Student Choice Writer: Peter Robinson

Live Reviews: writer of the year: Kitty Empire – The Observer


Best PR campaign for a breakthrough UK Act: Tony Linkin at Coalition PR for Glasvegas

Best PR campaign for an established UK Act: Lewis Jamieson at Hall or Nothing PR for Elbow

Record Reviews Writer of the Year: Alexis Petridis – The Guardian

Best Music Coverage in a Newspaper: The Guardian

Business and Technology Writer of the Year: Ben Cardew – Music Week

Best PR campaign for an established non-UK Act: James Hopkins at Columbia Records for Kings Of Leon

Best PR Campaign for a Breakthrough Non-UK Act: Ash Collins at Toast PR for MGMT

Best Podcast: Guardian Music Weekly

Best Editor: Caspar Llewellyn Smith – Observer Music Monthly

Best Independent PR Company: Dog Day Press

Best Independent PR individual: Nathan Beazer at Dog Day Press

Best Digital Publication: NME.COM

Best in-house PR person: Andy Prevezer at Warners Bros Records

Best In-House PR department: Polydor Records

Artist and Music Features: Writer of The Year: Simon Cosyns and Jacqui Swift – The Sun, Something for the Weekend

Breaking Music Writer: Paul Lester

Magazine of the Year: Word

Best Blog: 20 Jazz Funk Greats

Best Online PR: Scruffy Bird

Outstanding contribution to music journalism: Jon Savage

Outstanding contribution to PR: Barbara Charone – MBC PR

Outstanding contribution to music photography: Pennie Smith