Independent Music Awards: And the winner of the 2014 Concert Photography award goes to...

June 06, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

Wil-Dog of Ozomatli - 2014 IMA Winner for Concert PhotographyWil-Dog of Ozomatli © Copyright David J. Simchock 2014 IMA Wining Image - Concert Photography Front Row Focus is proud to announce that its founder, David Simchock, has taken top honors in this year's Independent Music Awards in the "Concert Photography" category.  This is the second year in a row that David has received this coveted accolade in the music photography world.

David's dynamic capture of a leaping Ozomatli bassist, Wil-Dog, at the May 2013 LEAF Festival (Black Mountain, NC) was nominated earlier this year, along with another one of his concert images (John Butler, performing at FloydFest).  One other photographer had an image nominated in the same category.  A panel of industry judges recently announced the IMA winners in a diverse range of categories, with David's Wil-Dog shot coming out on top in the Artist Concert Photography group.

Says David, “It is very gratifying to take this award two years in a row. I knew the moment I captured the image at the LEAF Festival last year that it was worthy of attention, though with so many thousands of quality concert images being produced out there, it’s not easy to have one rise to the top.  Needless to say, I’m proud to have my concert work, once again, recognized by the IMA judges.”   

John Butler - IMA Nominated Concert PhotoJohn Butler - IMA Nominated Concert Photo The award-winning shot was captured at the 2013 LEAF Festival in Black Mountain, and features a wide-angle view of a perfectly-timed “jump shot” of L.A. artist Ozomatli’s bass player.  David is a volunteer staff photographer for LEAF, helping out with their semi-annual festival by putting his Nikons and lenses to work in both May and October every year.  Adds David, “One of the best things about this award is that the image wasn’t only captured at my favorite festival, but I even managed to get the LEAF banners in the shot at the back of the stage.  What better organization to get some intermational PR for than LEAF?”

Though the formal IMA judging is now complete, there is still a chance for the public to weigh in on things as part of the IMA Vox Pop voting.  Music (and photography) enthusiasts can go on line on the IMA website to cast their vote.  Time will tell if the Front Row Focus lead man picks up another award based on public opinion, as he did in 2013 by winning both the judges and Vox Pop voting with a photo of Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews.  And, of course, we’ll wait and see what he has in store for next year’s IMA submission.

Vox Pop voting, and more information about the IMA nominees, can be found on the Independent Music Awards website:

Independent Music Awards WinnerIndependent Music Awards Winner About the Independent Music Awards:  For more than a decade artists and labels from around the world have found new fans and prominence through The Independent Music Awards.  The 13th IMA Judging panel featured exceptional recording artists, as well as record label executives, club and festival talent buyers, music journalists, film and TV music supervisors.

Produced by Music Resource Group, publisher of the popular industry contact database The Musician's Atlas, The IMAs uses its unrivaled access to performance, promotion and distribution to connect Winners and Nominees to new audiences and revenue opportunities.

The program receives submissions from artists previously on major labels as well as self-released and indie label talent from more than 70 countries on six continents.

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