The brand new Music Photographer of the Year Awards is open for entries Music Photography Awards
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A new photography competition highlighting the artistry of music photographers has emerged in the form of's inaugural Music Photographer of the Year Awards 2023. is a music-storytelling platform that is on a mission to unearth and celebrate the world’s best and brightest music photographers.

The competition is sponsored by Affinity Photo and completely free to enter, but the deadline is sooner than you think – with submissions and public voting both closing on March 15 2023. So get your entries in fast! 

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Photographers of all abilities are encouraged to enter the first-ever edition of the Music Photographer of the Year Awards , with two open-entry categories for photographers: the So.Co Image of Music Award (sponsored by LD Comms), and the prestigious Photographer of the Year Award (which is being sponsored by Affinity Photo). 

The POTY Award category will initially begin with a public vote open until the closing deadline to generate a shortlist, which will then be judged by’s chosen panel of industry experts and legends. Prizes include sponsor-donated hardware, plus the opportunity to shoot at a leading summer UK festival.

Arlo Parks (Image credit: Eva Plevier / MPOTY)

Entrants must upload at least five images when submitting to the competition, singling out and highlighting the specific image that they’d like to be considered for the So.Co Image of Music Award category. To enter, you must first make a free account, and then follow the easy instructions on the platform's website. 

Check out the leaderboard of those who have already entered, and cast your vote for your favorite music photographer portfolio to be part of the final shortlist.

There are also an additional four categories as part of the awards that will honor music industry insiders, including the Legend Award, Independent Venue Of The Year (sponsored by Independent Venue Week), Product of the Year, and The “Must See” Artist of the Year.

McFly (Image credit: Belinda Enthoven / MPOTY)

"At, we believe the art of music photography should be celebrated," said Vince Bannon, CEO and co-founder of So.Co. "We started to do just that, I’m therefore thrilled to announce our inaugural Music Photographer of the Year awards and super excited to see where the event takes our fantastic community of creators."

Adam Perry, So.Co's Head Of Partnerships (UK), added: "Shining a light on the amazing work of music photographers around the world has always been what is all about." 

"From tiny club gigs to the biggest festivals, these creatives work tirelessly to create the image of music, and with the Photographer of the Year Awards, we want to recognize the talent, the dedication, and the relentless pursuit of the perfect image that drives the photographers that we all love."

• See our recent interview with music photography icon Denis O'Regan

Yard Act (Image credit: Thomas Jackson / MPOTY)

Now the second-ever contest of its kind, following the newly created Abbey Road Studios' Music Photography Awards,'s MPOTY was supposedly born out of a desire to champion the "often unsung" heroes behind the lens. We all love seeing images of music royalty plastered over rock magazine covers and shared on social media, but the image creators definitely deserve the limelight too. 

We've covered stories before where music photographers have been wronged by artists, including how Snoop Dogg doesn't understand photography copyrizzle, and a photographer who took on Dua Lipa - sued AGAIN for Instagram photo copyright, and even Miley Cyrus has been caught out by copyright law fairly recently.

If you're a music photographer, put yourself on a pedestal and enter the first ever MPOTY awards to be recognized for the work you do, and have your images critiqued by an industry that knows it better than anyone else. 

(Image credit: / MPOTY)

Entries for the Music Photographer of the Year Awards are now open, but you'll have to be fairly quick at selecting your entries with the deadline for submissions closing on March 15, 2023

The winners of MPOTY will be revealed at an awards ceremony expecting to take place at 21 SOHO, London, on March 27, 2023.

You may also want to take a look at the best camera settings for live music photography, as well as these 5 essential tips for editing live music photos, by expert Christie Goodwin, our Interview with Music photographer Jennifer McCord, and be sure to get your live music images ready for the Abbey Road Studios Music Photography Awardsin 2023.  

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Beth Nicholls
Staff Writer

A staff writer for Digital Camera World, Beth has an extensive background in various elements of technology with five years of experience working as a tester and sales assistant for CeX. After completing a degree in Music Journalism, followed by obtaining a Master's degree in Photography awarded by the University of Brighton, she spends her time outside of DCW as a freelance photographer specialising in live music events and band press shots under the alias 'bethshootsbands'.