Happy Wednesday! I had a different blog post planned to write and post on Friday but this morning I woke up inspired to say something different.
This morning myself and many other music photographers woke up to find that our profession is getting its own award at the iHeartRadio Music Awards. I can’t speak for other photographers but this was something that has me feeling more inspired than I have felt in a while. To my knowledge this is the first major music award show that has an award for music photographers (if I’m wrong, do let me know! I’d love to hear about another!). Here’s why that’s important.
The year is 2019 and there are people still don’t think good music photographers are worth the investment. It was just last week that the music photography community was speaking out against a musician on Twitter that said music photographers just take photos to get into shows for free. Not true, by the way. Now this week? We have a Favourite Tour Photographer award in a major music award show? It just feels so nice for our job to start to be recognized. It also feels like now music photographers can have this as something that they want to work towards trying to achieve. Ya know how when an artist gets their first major award show nomination (or even win) and they talk about how they’ve been watching the show for years just waiting to be nominated? We now have an award show we can watch and dream about maybe being nominated (and winning) the award.
What I don’t think is important is who is nominated. Let me explain. Of course the names nominated are important and deserve that recognition. But no matter who got nominated, the community should take this as a win for music photography. The names on the nominee list are incredible and every one on that list deserves a win. But I think even without being awarded the award they still win because of the nomination. We all win because of their nomination. This opens up the conversation for maybe this award to become an award for more award shows meaning more of us could get recognized. Think about it this way: eight photographers were nominated this morning. That’s eight more than last year. And by next year? That number could be even higher and the one award show with the award could turn into multiple award shows with the award.
If you have yet to see who’s nominated and vote on who you think should win make sure you go do so. There were a few names on that list that I hadn’t even heard of yet, so I’ll be going to research the names and see everyone’s photos. Here’s to 2019 being the year of music photographers.