Megan Thee Stallion and Adele feature in the Music Photography Awards
2023/11/18

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The shortlist for the Abbey Road Studios Music Photography Awards have been revealed, with a host of familiar faces acting as the subjects. 

This year's competition saw more than 14,000 images from 30 countries submitted for consideration across categories.

In the invited categories, the judges have nominated photographers for their work across the Portrait, Editorial and Artist at Work categories.

The likes of , , and feature in the photographs which will be judged by a star-studded panel. 

The judging panel for the MPAs 2023 comprises world-famous photographer, publisher and film director Rankin, platinum-selling singer-songwriter Cat Burns and street culture photographer Vicky Grout.

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Wow: The shortlist for the Music Photography Awards 2023 have been revealed, with Megan Thee Stallion's picture up for an award in the Editorial category

Remember this? Adele's portrait, in which she is seen floating down a river filled with rose petals, was shot when she filmed the music video for her single I Drink Wine 

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Up she goes: Billie Eilish was captured leaping into the air from the stage in one performance 

Pop sensation Mae Muller is also on the judging panel alongside singer-songwriter, broadcaster and presenter Sophie Ellis-Bextor, creative director and fashion consultant Karen Binns and photographer Eric Johnson, who was the recipient of the 2022 Icon Award. 

Completing the panel is fashion stylist Matthew Josephs and The New York Times Deputy Photo Editor Nakyung Han. 

Joining the panel as a guest judge for the Underground Scenes category is acclaimed documentary photographer Simon Wheatley. 

Earlier this month, the MPAs announced that the legendary US photographer Henry Diltz is to receive the Icon Award.

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Diltz has shot over 250 album covers including the Morrison Hotel cover for The Doors and photographed musical legends such as the Eagles, Neil Young, Crosby Stills & Nash, Joni Mitchell, Debbie Harry, James Taylor, Jimi Hendrix, The Monkees and David Cassidy. 

MPAs co-founder and head judge Rankin said of the awards: 'The quality and standard of imagery for the 2023 entries is really impressive - it’s as strong across the board as the 2022 winners. 

'It meant that there was not as much debate in the judging session, as there really wasn’t a bad picture. 

'I'm beyond thrilled with the winning images and can't wait to see them revealed at the awards ceremony on 21 September.

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Melancholy: Harry Styles looked sombre in one snap as he leaned on a windowsill 

Up he gets: In an image by another photographer he put on a much more active display 

Nailed it! Grimes showed off her super long talons in one striking photograph 

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Getting lippy: FKA twigs posed with teeth gems in the cover art for her mixtape Caprisongs

Top of the crops: SZA looked sensational in a velvet crop top teamed with a peplum skirt 

Looking good: Bad Bunny posed in a pink dress for one striking photograph 

Wow: Halsey looked incredible in an edgy snap surrounded by blue and red lights 

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Fans may find some of the snaps familiar. 

Adele's portrait, in which she is seen floating down a river filled  with rose petals, was shot when she.

The Someone Like You songstress looked incredibly glamorous as she wistfully floating along a river, apparently a metaphor for her own passing memories. 

Megan, 28, looked sensational in a busty bodysuit for her snap, which was taken for her Rolling Stone cover shoot last year.  

The MPA winners will be announced on September 21 at Abbey Road Studios.

On the move: Stormzy was snapped whipping the crowds up as he performed 

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Tender: Another admission featuring Stormzy saw him share a tender embrace with Dave 

Loving life: Yungblud looked in high spirits as he put on an energetic performance on stage 

Throwback: A photograph of Kanye West and Jay Z from 2005 has been entered into the Hip Hop 50 category at the awards 

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