During fourth annual event.
The Sony Alpha Awards, Sony’s annual competition to showcase Australian and New Zealand photography using the Sony Alpha camera range, were recently held for the fourth year. Over 4,000 images were submitted from professional and amateur photographers for the chance to be recognised for their talents and win prizes.
This year’s Alpha Awards marked the introduction of four new categories – Seascape, Astrophotography, Wedding and City / Street – to be entered alongside the existing Portrait, Landscape, Nature, Sport and Youth categories.
The winners across each category were carefully selected by notable photographers in their respective categories. Each category winner received $2,000 worth of Sony camera gear. The Grand Prize Winner, James Muir, from New Zealand, was awarded Sony camera gear to the value of $10,000.
The winners for the 2019 Sony Alpha Awards were:
Grand Prize: James Muir
Landscape: Karen Huynh
Nature: Daniel Browne
Portrait: Aries Tao
Sport: Joseph Hsu
Astrophotography: Tony Law
City/Street: Jomel Bartolome
Seascape: Aristo Risi
Wedding: Ben Howland
Head of Sony Digital Imaging ANZ, Jun Yoon (pictured) said there was incredible work produced by the Sony Alpha community as part of this year’s competition and the company is honoured to be able to formally celebrate their talents.
“The high calibre of entries is a testament to their expertise and creativity, and it’s fantastic to have our industry-leading technology play a role in producing such outstanding work. We are excited to witness first-hand how Australian and New Zealand photography will continue to evolve,” he said.
This year’s Sony Alpha Awards also saw the return of the Youth category, inviting young creatives (aged between 11 and 18 years old) to showcase their talents by submitting a photo in line with this year’s theme ‘Speed’ via Instagram.
The Youth competition saw an outstanding response across Australia and New Zealand, with two finalists chosen to go head to head in a photography challenge. Australia’s Digital Imaging ambassador and travel photographer, Tyson Mayr chose the overall winner – 18-year-old, Alexi Perris from Adelaide.