The contest is over and the winners have been chosen!

We had an amazing amount of entries to the Matthias Hombauer Rock Star Concert Photography contest! Matthias enjoyed the contest so much that he decided to award an extra Pro Package to the third place winner! Check out the winning entries and the details of the image.

First Place The Deluxe Bundle Winner: Gus Morainslie – Arcade Fire
This might not be my “best” concert photo, but certainly is my best moment so far. Shooting Arcade Fire in Mexico´s festival “Vive latino” on March, 28th, 2014. The pit was super crowded and I managed to get a spot next to some steps on the stage. During his act. Win Butler got close, and then closer, extending his hand and asking for my camera. At first I was surprised and uncertain of what to do, but after I gave him the camera, he shot some photos of the huge crowd and gave it back to me. I was really happy to be in the perfect spot. Plus the website I work for (Filter) was more than excited to get some exclusive shots made by one of the most important bands nowadays. You can see the whole sequence here:

Second Place Pro Package Winner: Jovana Milovanovic – Amorphis

Amorphis @ Dom omladine Beograd 19.03.2014.
Belgrade, Serbia
Nikon D5000 + 50mm f/1.8 G

Third Place Pro Package Winner: Aurelien Foucault – Fangs
Scottish band FANGS, playing at Temple Bar in Beijing. (2013.08.24)
The show was so full of energy, that livehouse was drowning in sweat and that little moment of “after storm” really felt like that ray of light after a strong rain. Just brilliant. I know this shot is unusual: you can’t see the singer’s face and the guitar player is blurry in the background but there’s a lot of mood. And that’s our job, getting the mood out there. This is not portrait photography.

Runner up Rock Star Photographer key ring winners:
Ivana Kovacova: Amorphis
This was the second time in few months time I’ve got a photopass to Amorphis show and it was a good thing too since I pretty much already knew what I should expect from their stage performance and I honestly think it helped great deal, since the photographs from the second show are much better in my opinion. The show took place at Majestic Music Club in Bratislava, Slovakia on 21st of March 2014. Equipment used was Canon EOS 7D body and Canon 17-55 2,8 IS USM lenses. EXIF data: ISO 800, f/2,8, focal length 28mm, shutter speed 1/125

Kathy Flynn:  Semiprecious Weapons
Semiprecious Weapons at the Mint, Los Angeles, CA, May 2013
Often I have found that the worst conditions produce the best photographs. This is Justin Tranter from Semiprecious Weapons, and this may be my favorite concert shot I have taken.
I shot this at the Mint in L.A., which is a small, poorly lit club, The lighting hadn’t been configured for Justin, who is tall, so the spot hit him squarely in the chest. It was hard to get a well-lit shot. But this photo conveys the drama and emotion of the song and the singer, and the black and white process just emphasized the drama.

Per-Otto Oppi Christiansen: Metallica
Robert Trujillo of Metallica. He was like 30 cm away from me, looking down at us. Cool moment and I like this picture because it kind of sums up Metallica in one picture: action, loudness and prescentcy! Captured at: Sonisphere 14, Valle Hovin Oslo Norway. Canon Eos 6D, Canon ef 17-40mm.

Stefan Kuback: Pungent Stench
Pungent Stench is one of the greatest metal bands ever to come out of Austria. After several split ups, original member & singer/guitarist Martin Schirenc aka El Cochino teamed up with two new guys and, once again, brought Pungent Stench back to live. The first show of the resurrected band took place in Vienna on January 24th, where new bassist Dan Wall was more than willing to pose for some shots! Although the original members are still fighting about legal issues such as the rights for the band name, Schirenc’s new combo continues to play their old death classics as “The Church Of Pungent Stench” or lately as “Schirenc plays Pungent Stench”. This first show after years at Club Arena was a blast; There was no sperate photo pit, you had to shoot straight from the crowd. So I tried my best to get a spot in the front row and took photos while people where moshing, stage diving & jumping on my head like I`ve never witnessed it before (and I´ve been to a lot metal concerts before…!). The photos turned out to be some of the greatest pics I ever took, the one of Dan Wall showing off with his bass is probably the best of them. This shot will remind of one of the tightest concerts ever, along with a little scar on my hip I got when I was pushed to the stage. (The photo was taken with a Nikon camera in full frame format & a 24 – 70mm/f. 2.8 lens)

Derek Carr: Carcass
This was taken in the spring of 2014 at the Decibel Magazine Tour in Vancouver BC (March 28th). Taken with a D800, 24-70mm (at 24mm) 1/125 ISO 6400. The subject is none other than the great Bill Steer of Carcass.

Sugar Wolf: Kiss
Photo is Paul Stanley of KISS. The photo was taken in 2012 at Sleep Train Pavilion in Concord, CA. Paul knelt down right in front of me, pointed, and smiled. A photographer’s dream!

Katlyn Shannon: Letlive!event-coverage/c1hn5
This photo is of Jason Butler of Letlive, taken at the Nashville date of the American Dream Tour. This photo was taken with a Canon 7D and a 28mm 1.8 lens. I took this photo on accident – well at least sort of. I was going for this shot, for this moment, but wasn’t expecting it to turn out quite this way. However, seeing it after the fact, I love that the focus is on the water and not on Jason. He and I met at Qdoba’s in Nashville after the show along with some other friends of his (whom I was with initially) and we had a long discussion about life, his past, the reasons he is where he is today, etc. This got me thinking and I decided to title this “I am not the circumstances that surround me” in respect of our discussion that evening and everything Jason had been through and stands for. I felt this photo really captured that moment and our conversation for me. It was really shocking because it wasn’t until I got home that evening that I had even seen this photo, but when I did I was very moved and I knew that it was exactly the photo to represent such a person and his experiences. It has a lot of meaning for me, I can look at it and know that it truly is something to symbolize everything happening for a reason, whether it’s known to you at the time or not. Jason found the photo on Tumblr and reblogged it, which threw me to another universe, because as much as i liked it, I just figured it was the emotional attachment I had to the photo; that it wasn’t “technically” a great photo (the grain from the ISO is apparent, the focus isn’t on him, etc), but he restored my faith in my abilities and reasoning for choosing it to display in the first place. It will forever hold a place in my heart as capturing one of the most meaningful conversations I’ve had with another human being, and something I can be proud to say I was a part of. They say a picture tells 1000 words, and I feel that to be extremely true of this one.

Thank you all for your entries! We wish all of you continued success and good shooting!


About The Author

Hailing from Boston and now residing in the Metro Detroit area, Mick has spent several years photographing concerts and interviewing musicians in the music industry. After spending a few years shooting and writing for, he founded and started the National Rock Review in the fall of 2013. Recruiting staffers from around the world, he has led the National Rock Review team in to a respected and established publication in the online music news/press industry in a short period of time.

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