AMSTERDAMSE POPPRIJS 2023 FINALE

MY EXPERIENCE CAPTURING THIS EVENT

When my Internship at GRAP Amsterdam started, one of the first things I photographed was the first preliminary round of the Amsterdamse Popprijs – a music competition for upcoming bands or artists from Amsterdam. After some rounds and two semi-finals, this was the finale.

The finale was quite something. Where the preliminary rounds didn’t get that many visitors (about 50-70) and the semi-finals got busier but not extremely busy, this was sold out! It was the first sold out and really busy music event I photographed. And let me tell you, it was difficult! I borrowed a 24-70mm from a photographer who was also present (he works for GRAP some times) and got to work. At first, it wasn’t too difficult. I could get to the front, back and on the balcony. Eventually, the floor was filled and making my way from one side to the other took minutes! This was in the Melkweg Oude Zaal.

Although the room was crowded and it got difficult, I managed. I took some of my favorite photos I’ve taken during my internship and got lots of positive feedback. At the end, SANN!E won this competition. Besides SANN!E, five other bands competed: Jacob Drescher, Yan Lâle, THAMES, Johnny & The Spacemachine and Subterranean Street Society. I recommend checking out their music, u might like it (I do)!

All in all, a very fun night and a great experience. Thanks to the bands for their amazing music, our team for getting everything to flow smoothly and the visitors for their entousiasm!

JUSTIN KNELANGE – DJUZTIN PHOTOGRAPHY – 18 NOVEMBER 2023