Looking back at December MPA Winner James O’Connor


It’s a belated yet massive congratulations to photographer James O’Connor for winning the December Moshcam Photography Award for his stunning capture of David Le’aupepe from Gang of Youths playing at last year’s Festival of the Sun.

James’ work wins him a $100 voucher from the legends at Rewind Photo Lab in Sydney.

From The Pit‘ is the moniker by which James works and in keeping with the name – he always tries to snap several photos from an unconventional position around the venue or crowd.  This photo was no different…

Funnily enough – I was standing next to you!  It was after the three songs and we were standing at the side of stage enjoying the show. I just noticed that the lighting was getting a lot better – so I went over and grabbed my camera, thinking I’d just snap a couple of frames.   There is actually a real skill to shooting with the camera above your head – because you can’t exactly use your viewfinder – you just have to get a feel for it.  I don’t think my aperture was very wide – maybe 3.5 – and I must have luckily hit the focal point right between his eyes because when you zoom in – his face is nice and sharp.   The lights flared up – he looked out at the crowd – and as he turned his head, I caught that moment. It was a nice combo of front light and back lighting with some movement.

Check out our full Q&A with James here.

Big thanks and congratulations to the photographers who submitted incredible shots throughout December! Check out all the weekly winners here.

Runner Up: Childish Gambino, Zennieshia Butts

The Moshcam Photography Awards launched in June in order to reward excellence in live rock n’ roll photography and is open to everyone and anyone!  The Awards have already seen thousands of incredible entries, with the winners on display here. A voting team comprised of industry photographers (Peter Dovgan, Belinda Dipalo and Josh Groom) and the Moshcam staff select four weekly winners to be featured on the Photography Awards page.

Runner Up: Tash Sultana, Lachlan Douglas

The panel then selects a monthly winner to win a prize from one of our industry sponsors. We’re excited to announce Rewind Photo Lab as our sponsor  this month, providing a $100 voucher for each monthly winner. Get snapping now! For full details on how to enter – head here.

Runner Up: Client Liason, Robert Carbone

All weekly winners also go in the running for exciting prizes at the Annual Award Ceremony to be held in Sydney next year, with the winners determined by guest judges.

Cheers to the champions at Rewind Photo Lab for their support.  If you’re a photographer and haven’t checked em out yet – I highly recommend you do so – these guys are the best!

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