This month, our celebrity rock star judge is Rik Emmett, former front man for the legendary Canadian band Triumph. We talked with him last back in December
Here is what Rik had to say about this months contest entries..
1st - My favorite is Mike Ness of Social Distortion, for composition [the background truss shadow follows the same line as his shoulders] and the blues & grays - plus the insouciance of the emerging pink bubble-gum, with the eye-shadow and the cop badge on the strap [with the hard blue on it!] just makes for a strong image - the capturing of a great moment.
2nd - Ben Brown of Bang Bang Bang. The hair is fantastic, shooting up like flames in the red light, surrounded/reinforced by red in each corner of theframe, giving the image a fiery dramatic flare of the demonic.
3rd - Mad Caddies - the shot over the guitarist's right shoulder, with the trombonist in the hat getting the crowd all riled up. This b & w photo is too dark to be award-winning, but the composition and the documentary moment captured is outstanding - pure rock & roll.
Honorable mentions - the Jay West shots of Steven Tyler and Matt Heafy are classic - clean and powerful. I also really like the feel of the shot of Mike Milligan of the Altar Boyz ...
club kingsnake is now accepting submissions for its 2007 concert photo contest. Last year's contest attracted over 500 photo entries. This year we timed the announcement to occur during Austin's SXSW festival and handed out about 1000 flyers to music photojournalists from around the world.
The 2007 contest will be handled a bit differently, with monthly winners instead of weekly, and with larger prize incentives to the winners. This year's contest prizes are as follows:
Monthly Prizes: (selected at the first of each month)
1st Place - $100 B & H Photo Gift Card
2nd Place - $50 B & H Photo Gift Card
3rd Place - club kingsnake T-Shirt
Year End Prizes: (selected at the beginning of 2008)
1st Place - $2000 Camera Shopping Spree at B & H Photo
2nd Place - Fuji F31 Point N Shoot Camera
3rd Place - $100 B & H Photo Gift Card
So how does it work? Simple - just upload a concert photograph that you have taken yourself (with a camera, not off someone else's web site!) to our photo contest gallery. Make sure to include the artist's name and any other pertinent details such as the camera and lense used in the description. Every month 3 winners will be chosen, and at the end of the year the 3 best will be selected from all the photos submitted throughout the year. This is kind of like American Idol for pictures except our contest judges have been told to keep their rude snickering to themselves.