Abbey Road Studios has announced that the Music Photography Awards 2023 (MPA), which seeks to highlight talented emerging and professional music photographers from across the globe, is now open for entries.

The competition has six open-entry categories, Undiscovered Photographer of the Year, Music Moment of the Year, Live Music, In The Studio, Underground Scenes and Hip Hop 50. There are also four invited category awards: Portrait, Editorial, Artist at Work and Icon. Entry is free via the MPA website. The deadline for submissions is 18 July 2023. Prizes include the opportunity to receive a one-to-one mentorship session with renowned photographer and awards co-founder, Rankin.

Portrait of Little Simz by Vicky Grout, music photography, portrait photography

Little Simz (Image credit: Abbey Road Studios / Vicky Grout)

The MPA 2023 competition will ‘honour the images from 2022 that capture the magic of live music, the creative process and the diverse music scenes from across the world’ according to Abbey Road Studios. It is useful to note that this is why for some categories, submitted images must have been captured in 2022 only (more specifically between 1 January 2022 to 31 December 2022. The winners will be announced on 21 September at an official ceremony at Abbey Road Studio.

This year’s judging panel includes British photographer, publisher and film director Rankin, BRIT Award-winning singer-songwriter Cat Burns, US photographer and winner of 2022’s MPA Icon Award Eric Johnson, stylist and creative director Matthew Josephs (FKA Twigs) and New York Times Deputy Photo Editor Nakyung Han. Abbey Road Studios photographer-in-residence Simon Wheatley will join the judging panel for the Underground Scenes category.

Portrait of Bono by Rankin, music photography, portrait photography, black and white photography

Bono (Image credit: Abbey Road Studios / Rankin)

‘I’m thrilled to announce the 2023 Abbey Road Studios Music Photography Awards is now officially open. It doesn’t matter if you’re emerging, or a celebrated professional photographer, we want you to enter because we want your photographs to be seen,’ Rankin said.

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