Australian Photographer Wins Independent Music Award

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Photographer Claus Rotstein won the Independent Music Award in the category concert photography for his photo from Soundwave Festival

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Greg Puciato (Killer Be Killed), Soundwave Festival 2015 © Claus Rotstein

“It is an honor to win the award alongside all these great artists. An initiative like The Independent Music Awards is essential for emerging and established artists to present their work."

Claus Rotstein of Brisbane, Australia, who has photographed bands and artists including Slipknot, Joe Bonamassa, Culture Club, Faith No More and Megadeth, has won the Independent Music Award for his photo of Greg Puciato (Killer Be Killed) taken at Soundwave Festival 2015 in Brisbane.

Claus Rotstein and the photograph have won the award in the category “Artist Concert Photography”. The Independent Music Award is an international music award with a jury consisting of musicians like Tom Waits, Dido, Suzanne Vega and Slayer as well as a wide variety of music industry professionals including representatives from Rolling Stone, Sony Music and the Lincoln Center for Performing Arts.

The 15th Independent Music Award Winners have been announced on 12th November at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York City during a free, day-long music festival showcasing exceptional IMA talent. The event was well-attended by fans, industry professionals and nominated artists.

About The Photo
"The photograph captures the raw power and anarchic chaos of a heavy metal show. When Greg Puciato went crowdsurfing into the pit I was right there with him allowing me to capture his energy. All his muscles were stressed to the max, his shirt was ripped apart.”

More About the Artist:
Claus Rotstein’s work is focused on rock and heavy metal concerts. He is available for assignments worldwide. His portfolio is available at

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A variety of photos showing Claus Rotstein’s work are at

Claus Rotstein can provide background information and commentary regarding his photographs. He responds quickly to interview requests. Call +61 468 857 112 (cell) or email claus(dot)rotstein(at)gmail(dot)com.

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