Accepting Nominations: The Best Music Photographer in Phoenix

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David Accomazzo
An amateur photograph starring one of the most photogenic rock stars ever, Slayer's Kerry King

Concert photography isn't easy. While portrait and landscape photographers have the luxury of time and stable conditions, concert photographers must do their work in three-song segments, boxing out other photographers and reacting to unpredictable movements of the musicians on stage while adjusting settings on the fly to accommodate lighting changes that happen between drum kicks. It requires a tremendous combination of technical knowledge, artistic eye, and musical sense.

The novelist Mark Z. Danielewski, in his masterpiece House of Leaves, put it best when describing the task presented to photojournalists:

"A photojournalist is very much like an athlete. Similar to hockey players or bodyboarders, they have learned and practiced over and over again very specific movements. But great photographers must not only commit to reflex those physical demands crucial to handling a camera, they must also refine and internalize aesthetic sensibilities. There is no time to think through what is valuable to a frame and what is not. Their actions must be entirely instinctual, immediate, and the result of years and years of study, hard work and of course, talent."

We'd like to find the best photographer Phoenix has to offer and give them their due recognition. Therefore, we are now accepting nominations for the the award of Best Concert Photographer in Phoenix. Here's how the process will work. For the initial round, photographers must nominate themselves and send us five to 10 samples of their work. Then, a panel of experts (who have yet to be finalized) will whittle the nominations down to anywhere between five and 10 finalists. We will then make a series of blog posts featuring each photographer, and then we will have a poll. Readers will get the final say as to who gets the title.

To nominate yourself, send five to 10 samples of your work to david.accomazzo at newtimes dot com by Friday, September 19, with the subject "Concert Photography Contest." And since we here at Up on the Sun believe we employ some of the best photographers around (and since it wouldn't be fair to exclude them), any photographer who shoots or has shot for us in the past may enter as well. No restrictions.

Easy. We're looking forward to it, and check back later in the month for updates.

Edit: To answer some common questions:

1) Yes, anyone who shoots photos in the Valley of the Sun, whether they live here or commute to take photos, may enter.

2) Photographers must enter themselves. Nominations from people other than the photographer will be ignored.

3) Please send, via email,no more than 10 high-res photos that are at at least (or close to) 8 inches by 12 inches.

4) Please remove watermarks before submitting.

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104 comments
Shari Corbett
Shari Corbett

There are so many great concert photographers here in the valley. Going to be a great contest.

Nicole Marie
Nicole Marie

Your photos are kick ass. You could totally rock it. Pun intended. :)

Maria Vassett
Maria Vassett

Thanks so much Nicole Marie I need to get my photos together!

Geoff Anderla
Geoff Anderla

Gotta be Randy Johnson, he is pretty amazing.

Justin Van Poff
Justin Van Poff

Gotcha. Always dug your work though, so I thought I'd mention ya

Jonny Synthetic
Jonny Synthetic

I'm good. Haven't done much love stuff this year. Thanks Justin Van Poff

Bill Manstis
Bill Manstis

that one chick with a I phone taking a selfie in the marquee shitter, winner

jbbridges
jbbridges

Great Idea. I hope there will be measures in place that the photos stand on their own and it doesn't turn into a popularity contest. LOTS of great talent in this area.

nowellhead311
nowellhead311

Where to they send their photos... what email

Mark Saw
Mark Saw

Mike Smith MNR Images no doubt

Alan M. Kafton
Alan M. Kafton

Bill Goodman....but he's far too humble to nominate himself.

Evan Short
Evan Short

hahaha There are better photographers in town now. I haven't been out in a long time and Joe Abbruscato, Devon Adams, Bill Goodman Melissa Fossum, and as always Maria Vassett are amazing peeps. I can't say who is better because they all have different styles of photography. I sure as hell miss going out to shows to shoot.

Ryan Gielow
Ryan Gielow

Evan Short you should nominate yourself

DE Angle
DE Angle

I'm out of the game, just doin videos. Scott Adams has this place handled.

David Marquez
David Marquez

Ian J Wajand Bill Goodman Melissa Fossum Tony Ziemba

Marcie Evans
Marcie Evans

Denise Elfenbein w/ Stellar Photography too!

Marcie Evans
Marcie Evans

Jennifer an Scott Adams of SicPicPhotography!!!!

Jim Odell
Jim Odell

this guy looks like scars in the movie the quick and the dead lol

kataklizmicdesign
kataklizmicdesign

@jesse.flint1 I am honored! Supporting musicians and the artistic community through exceptional photography means the world to me.

DavidAccomazzo
DavidAccomazzo moderator

Photographers must nominate themselves. Thanks!

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