It's that time of the year where we name the best of 2016. This year, more than 19,000 people voted for the Top Music Festival Photographer, but only one photographer can claim this year's top spot.

The results are in and with more than 63 countries voting in this year's competition, we are proud to announce Johannes Lovund has claimed this year's #1 title.

Johannes Lovund was raised in Valderøy, an island far west on the coast of Norway. Lovund's interest in photography started when he was just 15 years old when his dad bought him a DSLR camera. After shooting nature for quite some time, Lovund was introduced to festival photography almost by accident. “I shared offices with the people arranging big festivals in my area called Momentium. Through them, I got to photograph big names like Avicii, David Guetta, Alesso, 50 Cent and Elton John to name a few. I also got to produce Aftermovies for them, as my main profession used to be video,” said Johannes Lovund. “Now I do about 50/50 video and photography. I also met the Norwegian DJ Kygo through one of these festivals. When I showed him my pictures after his show, he jokingly told me with a smile that my photos «didn’t suck» and proceeded to post a couple of them on social media. A big moment for me personally.”

Johannes Lovund
Photo Credit: Johannes Lovund

Lovund went on to say that he's had the opportunity to tour with Kygo. During his time touring with Kygo, Lovund went on to talk his favorite photography moment. “I had this one shot of the venue in mind, and I started climbing a mountain in the pitch dark mid-show to get the composition I was after. As I stood there waiting for the pyro I knew was coming, the security guards started the sprinkler system in the mountains to chase me down. Soaking wet, I waited long enough to get my perfect shot, and ran down to continue shooting the event. Anything for the shot!”

“A lot of great photographers have been nominated to win Top Festival Photographer 2016, and I am a huge fan of several of them. It’s a big honor to be the only nominated photographer from Scandinavia, and surreal to actually win it, as I consider myself a big outsider in this competition. I didn’t even know I was nominated until someone told me, and at first I didn’t believe it! I am very grateful for everyone who have voted for me.”

Without further adieu, here were the best music festival photographers of 2016:

RankPhotographerFacebook ProfileInstagram Profile
#1Johannes Lovund
#2Lorenzo TNC
#3Philippe Wuyts
#4Solovov Photography
#5Rory Kramer
#6Rudgr.com
#7Yoder Productions
#8Pavel Kuna
#9RUKES
#10Christina Kuhlmann Photography
#11Adinayev
#12Colossal Photos
#13KO Productions
#14Headshot.Be
#15Jake West Photo
#16James Coletta Photography
#17EDMKevin.com
#18Sam Hickey
#19Rossumedia
#20Oh Dag Yo Photo
#21Tony Cottrell Photography
#22EDMPhotos.com
#23Nattografi
#24Tblaze Photography
#25Chivteam
#26Jordan Loyd Photography
#27The Supermaniak
#28Alex van Oostrum
#29Freedom Films LLC
#30Danilo Lewis Photography
#31Donslens
#32Nframe
#33Caesar Sebastian
#34AJRPhotography
#35Rapid Eye Media
#36Bennet Sell-Kline
#37Nicky Digital
#38Art Oca
#39Live Edits Lab
#40Dmahoney Photo
#41Nathan D'Amour Photography
#42Joseph D'Oria
#43ShootPeople
#44Steve Garfinkel Photography
#45S. Camelot
#46Elif Rey Photography
#47Androcam Productions
#48Party Line Chicago
#49Balkefilms
#50Demxx

 


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