NME Music Photography Awards with Nikon exhibition now open to the public

Kate Nash and The Maccabees were at last night's launch

The NME Music Photography Awards with Nikon exhibition is now open to the public.

The exhibition, which showcases 2011’s best music photography, will be open for a six day run at London’s theprintspace venue from today (January 6) to January 11.

Last night’s launch was attended by artists including Kate Nash and The Maccabees, who turned out to see NME snapper Dean Chalkley – pictured above – win the Outstanding Contribution to Music Photography award.

Speaking at the launch, NME Picture Director Marian Paterson sang the praises of Chalkley, describing him as “someone who never rests on his laurels and constantly strives to improve” and “a mentor to many of our younger photographers”.

Other work on display at the exhibition includes overall winner Layla Smethurst’s portrait of Matthew Whitehouse from The Heartbreaks, which you can see below, as well as images from other categories including Live, Portrait, Reportage, Festivals, and Under-18s.

Speaking about Layla’s winning picture, Marian Paterson, who judged the entries, said: “The standard of photography was incredibly high this year. The judges unanimously decided this shot was the stand-out photograph of the competition. Layla is definitely a new talent to watch.”

See theprintspace.co.uk for more details of the exhibition and NME.COM/photoawards to see a gallery of the shortlisted finalists.

Scroll down and click below to see a video feature on how to improve your photography – perfect for some pointers if you’re planning to enter the 2012 NME Music Photography Awards with Nikon.