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The Abbey Road Music Photography Awards 2024

Abbey Road Studios

• Deadline: July 18th, 2024

• Prize: Mentorship + Exhibition in London

• Category: Music Photography

• Entry Fee: Free


The Abbey Road Music Photography Awards 2024

Discover how to get your photos in front of our esteemed panel of judges.

Created to celebrate the past year’s unforgettable, unique, and unsung music images, this annual global competition shines a spotlight on the creatives behind the lens – whether established, emerging, or undiscovered. Winners will be chosen by a distinguished panel led by photographer, publisher, and director Rankin, and featuring US photographer Raven B Varona (Adele), photographer and videographer Pooneh Ghana (Olivia Rodrigo, Beck, and The Strokes), photographers Ashley Verse (Stormzy, Tom Grennan) and Sam Rockman (Limp Bizkit), Vanity Fair’s editor of Creative Development David Friend, Abbey Road’s first ‘Artist In Residence’ Jordan Rakei, Gossip frontwoman and fashion icon Beth Ditto, Sleaford Mods’ Jason Williamson, Mercury-nominated jazz musician Moses Boyd, artist and drag queen Bimini, and Decca Records Director of A&R Rachel Holmberg.

Celebrating the Art of Music Photography

Jazz: The Rebirth of Cool Capture the spirit, energy, and soul of jazz across the years. Photos in this category do not need to be taken in 2023.

Live Music Did you capture the image that defines live music in 2023? Show us what live music means to you.

Making Music Dive into the heart of the music creation process, capturing the raw emotions and artistic energy that bring a track to life.

Music Moment of the Year sponsored by Outernet Celebrate THE image that defined music in 2023. Could your picture be remembered for generations to come?

Underground Music Scenes Highlight grassroots movements and subcultural music scenes from around the world. Champion music subculture in 2023 and aim for the Underground Music Scenes Award.

Undiscovered Photographer of the Year sponsored by adidas Are you an emerging music photographer ready to showcase your portfolio?

How to Enter

  1. Enter now and select your category.

  2. Upload your images.

  3. Tell us about the photos and the photographer behind the lens.

  4. Submit.


Winners of the Music Photography Awards will receive a unique MPAs trophy. Additional prizes include:

  • An exclusive virtual mentoring experience with renowned photographer & Rolling Stone magazine’s Deputy Photo Editor, Sacha Lecca, offering invaluable guidance and insights.

  • A virtual mentorship from esteemed photographer and guest judge, Simon Wheatley, focusing on underground music scenes.

  • A one-week takeover of the iconic ‘Pop Two’ space on the world-famous screens at Outernet London, UK, for an exclusive exhibition.

  • A mentorship session with head judge Rankin, including a portfolio review with Rankin’s creative agency and an opportunity to tour the studio and shadow Rankin on a shoot for The Hunger Magazine in London, UK.

Useful Information

  • Entry is free. Register your email and follow the on-screen guidance.

  • Participants must be over 18 years old.

  • Photos for the categories (Undiscovered Photographer of the Year, Music Moment of the Year, Underground Scenes, Live Music, and Making Music) must be taken in 2023.

  • The Jazz: The Rebirth of Cool category accepts images from any year.

  • Submit between three to five images per category. For the Undiscovered Photographer of the Year, submit five images. For Music Moment of the Year, submit three images. For other categories, submit a minimum of three and a maximum of five images.

  • Entries close on 18 July 2024.

  • Each participant can enter only once per category but can submit the same photo in multiple categories. Entries cannot be amended or altered after submission.

Get your photos seen and celebrated! Enter the Abbey Road Studios Music Photography Awards today.


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