Our Music Shortlist of the 2018 MC Photo Comp is Here

There’s a good reason why some of the most iconic photos throughout history took place on, or around a stage.

It’s the unbridled energy of the performers, the palpable excitement of the crowd, and the still moments in between, when thousands of people seem to collectively holding their breath. Music photography’s pretty bloody magic, and hands down one of our favourite categories of the MC Photo Comp year after year.

Which is why we’re pleased to kick off our category shortlists with the 2018 Music Shortlist presented by Hurley—a selection of the best 10 photos entered in the Music category amid thousands this year.

The below shortlist will be getting further cut down to just five finalists, whose photos will be on display at our Sydney and LA Photo Comp parties in December, and in our Photo Annual print mag. But don’t touch that dial, because we’ve still got shortlists for Portrait, Travel, Student, Lifestyle, and Action to come.

Rollinsville, Co by Benjamin Miles Littler @thereluctantastronaut
Craig Nicholls by Charlie Hardy @charliehardy
Ballpark Music by Dylan Bow @djbow
Crowd Flip by Jack Gruber @jackgruber
Pist Idiots at the pub with Pist fans and a pist photographer, by James Adams @thejamesadams
Courtney by Lauren Connelly @_lalaphoto
Michael Kiwanuka by Lukas Maeder @photomaeder
Some photos answer questions, others just ask more questions, by Russell Privett @russellruckus
Southern River Band at The Workers Club by Stephen Boxshall @halo1469
Cage the Elephant by Yana Yatsuk @yanayatsuk

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