Photography has defined some of the greatest moments in the history of music. The Abbey Road Music Photography Awards celebrates, showcases and supports the global community of music photographers and the images that create and shape culture, connect music fans to the artists they love, and define music iconography for generations to come. This year we've returned for our third edition, delivering the next chapter of a long-term vision for supporting, showcasing & enabling the best in music photography, firmly establishing us as the foremost competition in music photography.

Photography: Ashley Verse | Artist: Pusha T
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Our free to enter global music photography competition, is celebrating 2023’s unforgettable, unique and unsung music moments and the photographers who captured them.

At the heart of the MPAs lies our desire to create opportunities for photographers to be seen and heard. This is at the front and centre of what we do and has seen us expand with initiatives including:

Skills Hub: online platform offering essential advice, tips and knowledge from our judges, alumni and network

Skills Hub Live: a dedicated, free one-day festival offering advice and insights to aspiring photographers with panellists including Rankin, Ashley Verse, Vicky Grout, Dean Chalkley and more, with 100 in the room and over 1,200 watching the live stream. Pictured below.

MPA Lates
MPA Lates networking night December 2023, Studio Three

Exhibition: Outernet - showcasing the 2023 shortlisted entries to over 1.5 million visitors. B:Music- teaming up with B:Music / Birmingham Symphony Hall for a month-long activation (13 May - 14 June) that includes masterclasses, panel talks and photography opportunities

MPA Lates: quarterly networking nights held at Abbey Road Studios to support and empower emerging talent with portfolio reviews, panel talks & networking

From the community...

“After 18 long years of chasing my passion, I’ve had the opportunity to attend over 1000+ concerts, travelled over 16% of the world, blah blah blah. I could keep yapping about my accomplishments. But I just want to say that nothing, absolutely nothing I’ve ever done or experienced or accomplished in this journey has ever exhilarated me the way hearing my name being called last night did. What an amazing experience it is to be a part of this amazing event. I’m full of so much gratitude and so much inspiration after last night.”

Chris Allmeid - 2023 Winner, Undiscovered Photographer of the Year

“Tonight is like the Grammy Awards, but in an intimate way. Incredible!”

Lorenzo Reali - 2023 Nominee, Music Moment of the Year

“All praise to Abbey Road Studios for creating an awards that recognises the silly niche job that me and many others do. Beyond grateful to be surrounded by such great photographers in such an iconic place and infinitely grateful to win.”

Carlo Cavaluzzi - 2023 Winner, Live Music

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