More than fifteen thousand professional and amateur photographers have snapped up the chance for global recognition as part of this year’s Monster Children magazine photo competition. Among the highlights was an incredible photo of an Amity Affliction concert in Perth that captured the judges’ attention, and landed one of the major prizes.
Perth based snapper Jarrad Seng won the Music category, and took home a cool $5,000, thanks to Levi’s®. Seng’s photo of the concert, shot from up high, shows a sea of audience members, with arms in the air, rocking to the band who are blown out of the image by the stage lights.
Judge Chris Searl, who is also Monster Children magazine’s photographic editor and co-founder tells us the image could easily be used on his magazine’s front cover. “It had something about it,” Searl says.
“The light was perfect, the blow-out, the competition was brilliant.”
Seng told us the actual photograph almost didn’t happen as he had trouble getting to the venue, driving through the heaviest rain Perth had seen all winter.
“I’d wondered how many people would have the commitment to come to the outdoor gig in these kind of conditions,” Seng says.
“But man did they come, the place was packed out. I guess that’s what music does to people. Watching the five-thousand-strong crowd move as one under the torrential downpour was a surreal experience.”
The photographer started shooting about six years ago.
“It all started with music,” he says.
“When I was eighteen I would be going to concerts every weekend. I played in a couple of local bands and I was writing for a bunch of music magazines.”
“So it was kind of a natural progression to start taking photos at shows – to me it was a fresh and amazing way to experience another side of music,” Seng says.
Seng tells us he is most in his element when travelling – which makes touring with bands the perfect gig.
He’s travelled around the world with acts like Passenger, Stu Larsen and Matchbox Twenty.
“Outside of that I just live for the adventure,” Seng says.
“One of the most surreal experiences I’ve had was hanging out of the open window of a Cessna shooting the aerial landscapes of Iceland.”
His most recent exhibition was a series of portraits of Maasai children living in remote Tanzania.
Seng’s still deciding how to spend his $5,000 prize money, but has always wanted to see the Northern Lights in Iceland or Norway.
Given the way he captured the light in his Amity Affliction photo, we’re bound to see some amazing images of the phenomenal lightshow emerge from his camera shutter over the next year.
“I’m so thankful to Levi’s® and Monster Children for making a future dream into reality,” he says. And we’re happy we can take such a talent there!
Searl started the über cool magazine with Campbell Milligan 10 years ago and the photo competition is now in its fourth year. We’ll be sure to keep tracking its success and already look forward to next year’s comp. If this year’s anything to go by, we’re in for a real visual treat.