Thousands of pounds worth of Nikon camera gear is up for grabs in the NME Music Photography Awards.

Open to amateur and professional photographers, the contest will be judged by renowned music photographers, including Pennie Smith and Jill Furmanovsky.

Top prize in the amateur category is a Nikon D5000 kit worth £639.99, while the professional winner will walk away with a D700 DSLR and lens kit valued at more than £3,700.

Amateur categories are listed as Live, Portrait, Reportage and Festivals. Professional photographers can enter Photographer of the Year and Outstanding Contribution.

Nikon UK?s group marketing manager Jeremy Gilbert said: ?Nikon is committed to supporting and recognising the work of photographers and is delighted to be able to engage with an audience passionate about both music and photography.

?With such an exciting line up of festivals and concerts over the summer we encourage people to enter the competition and share their experiences through photography.?

NME?s head of PR, Nicola Woods, said: ?The pages of NME and show an unrivalled passion for music photography which these awards will celebrate. As well as recognising the most talented professional photographers, we hope this competition will discover a talent for the future.?

The best entries will go on show at O2?s music museum, the British Music Experience.

The closing date is 1 September.