The Proms' photographer's best pictures from the 2013 season

Chris Christodoulou has been the Proms' inhouse photographer, capturing the artists and the atmosphere, for over 30 years. We asked him to pick his favourite shots from this year's season, and tell us why
Proms: Valery Gergiev
Valery Gergiev (Prom 13). You can feel his presence even from 50m away from where I shoot from! Read the review
Photograph: Chris Christodoulou/BBC
Photograph: Chris Christodoulou
Proms: Watching and photographing John’s success
John Wilson (Prom 59): watching and photographing John’s success over the years is very special as I knew him when he was student at the Royal College of Music
Photograph: Chris Christodoulou/BBC
Photograph: Chris Christodoulou
Proms: Antonio Márquez Company’s seamless dance accompaniment to Ravel’s Bolero
Forget Strictly Come Dancing, Antonio Márquez Company’s seamless dance accompaniment to Ravel’s Bolero (Prom 17) was a feast for the eyes. Read the review
Photograph: Chris Christodoulou/BBC
Photograph: Chris Christodoulou
Proms: Marin Alsop will be the first woman to conduct the Last Night of the Proms
Marin Alsop conducting the OAE (Prom 47). Tomorrow she will become the first woman to conduct the Last Night of the Proms in its 119-year history
Photograph: Chris Christodoulou/BBC
Photograph: Chris Christodoulou
Proms: Sir Mark Elder conducting his Hallé Orchestra
Sir Mark Elder conducting his Hallé Orchestra in Wagner's Parsifal (Prom 57) - heavenly.
Photograph: Chris Christodoulou/BBC
Photograph: Chris Christodoulou
Proms: Sakari Oramo keeping his eye on the BBC SO
Maestro Sakari Oramo keeping his eye on the BBC Symphony Orchestra (Prom 52, read our review)
Photograph: Chris Christodoulou/BBC
Photograph: Chris Christodoulou
Proms: Maestro Noseda always the master of conducting expressions
Maestro Noseda - always the master of conducting expressions. (Read our review of the BBC Philharmonic's prom)
Photograph: Chris Christodoulou/BBC
Photograph: Chris Christodoulou
Proms: Laura Mvula brought a raw fresh talent to the Urban Classic Prom
Laura Mvula brought a raw fresh talent to the Urban Classic Prom
Photograph: Chris Christodoulou/BBC
Photograph: Chris Christodoulou
Proms: Vladimir Jurowski
Maestro Jurowski, always clear and visual orchestral instructions - a dream for photographers. (Read our review of Prom 64)
Photograph: Chris Christodoulou/BBC
Photograph: Chris Christodoulou
Proms: Daniel Barenboim’s Ring cycle
Maestro Barenboim’s epic Ring cycle: in Götterdämmerung maestro achieved that magic union of conductor-orchestra-soloists and audience which is rarely experienced. (read our review)
Photograph: Chris Christodoulou/BBC
Photograph: Chris Christodoulou
Proms: Anna Caterina Antonacci
Anna Caterina Antonacci (prom 53) - just simply a beautiful soprano to listen and photograph. Read our review.
Photograph: Chris Christodoulou/BBC
Photograph: Chris Christodoulou
Proms: Antonio Pappano
As you would expect from Maestro Pappano, passion in abundance. Read our review of prom 10
Photograph: Chris Christodoulou/BBC
Photograph: Chris Christodoulou

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