Picture credit: Andrew Hughes

Amateur photographer Andrew Hughes – who had entered the Live category – scooped the overall title with an image of indie band Spector, on stage at the HMV Institute in Birmingham.

Hughes beat more than 7,000 entries in a contest now in its third year.

Open to amateurs and professionals, the NME Music Photography Awards were initially rated by NME.com users, before being judged by an expert panel.

The best images will go on show at the Getty Images Gallery in London from 7 November-1 December.

NME is owned by the publisher of AP, IPC Media Ltd.

For details visit www.nme.com/photoawards/