Abbey Road Studios’ legacy proceeds itself as the world’s most celebrated recording studio. Partnering with Outernet London, the esteemed studios have announced their shortlisted nominations for this years Music Photography Awards, with the winners set to be announced on 21st September.
Separated into ‘Open’ and ‘Invited’ categories, there are countless incredible shots from promising and established photographers. ‘Open’ Categories include Music Moment of the Year (which you can vote on here), Live Music, and Hip Hop 50, with the invite categories being split into Editorial, Portrait and Artist at Work.
Amongst those deciding the triumphant photographers are prominent industry figures like Cat Burs, Mae Muller, Vicky Grout, Eric Johnson, and MPA co-founder and head judge Rankin. Speaking on the awards, Rankin offers, “The quality and standard of imagery for the 2023 entries is really impressive – it’s as strong across the board as the 2022 winners. It meant that there was not as much debate in the judging session, as there really wasn’t a bad picture. I’m beyond thrilled with the winning images and can’t wait to see them revealed at the awards ceremony on 21 September.”
Meanwhile, Abbey Road’s Managing Director Sally Davis added, “We have been overwhelmed by the volume and quality of entries to this year’s MPAs, reinforcing the importance of celebrating the art of music photography. Both the entries and the shortlist are a testament to the quality and breadth of photographers working today, from new and emerging to more established talent. We’re excited to be unveiling the winners next month.”
Dive into some of our standout images below…