We're thrilled to confirm the winners from our inaugural Abbey Road Studios Music Photography Awards 2022 in association with Hennessy, following a glittering awards ceremony at the studios on Saturday 14 May.
In the awards’ open categories, the winner of Championing Scenes supported by Hennessy, is Northern Irish photographer Megan Doherty, best known for her debut book Stoned In Melanchol which documents her adolescence in Derry, while the winner in the Live category supported by Philips, is John Lyons with an image of David Mrakpor playing with Ruben Fox. In Studio Photography, supported by Bowers & Wilkins, Jack McKain wins with a shot of Pink Siifu, while Chris Suspect wins with a shot of metal band Darkest Hour in the Zeitgeist category and Joe Puxley’s shot of Arlo Parks wins in Undiscovered, supported by adidas.
Speaking about the winners of this year’s MPAs, Abbey Road’s Managing Director Isabel Garvey says:
‘Everyone at Abbey Road Studios is thrilled with the quality of the entries and winners in our first Music Photography Awards. More broadly, we’re also incredibly encouraged by the way in which the MPAs has been embraced across the arts and creative landscape. It’s been brilliant to create a platform to recognise emerging and established talent in this important field, and we’re already looking forward to doing it all again in 2023!’
Winner! Joe Puxley
Arlo is someone I've wanted to photograph since I found her music, and I loved the idea of taking a really intimate and hopeful portrait. I think close ups like this create a lot of empathy and depth in the subject, which I love because that's what I experience meeting them.
A musical interpretation of Shakespeare's Othello by Ballet Soul at A Time To Breathe Festival in South London, a festival of music, dance, poetry.
Jada & David Parrish
It's all a dream
This shoot was to create a dynamic piece of cover art. We designed a set using plywood and latex paint to mimic to create a stage using a 70s color palette. The concept was that she was performing in one of her own daydreams.
The Beatniks band in front of there second hand van. From left to right Sam Charlseworth, Will Rundle, Ollie Charlesworth and Alex Kendall. Hanging out and having a few drinks before performing at a daytime flat party on Dunedin's famous Castle Street.
Taken during a shooting with german artist Balbina at the ICC in Berlin in July 2021.