Winners of the eighth annual Sony Alpha Awards, that recognise Australian and New Zealand photographers, were announced at the Alpha Awards Gallery in Sydney. This showcase of amateur and professional photography was captured on Sony Alpha cameras and lenses.

The Alpha Awards are designed to drive creativity and reward professionals and enthusiasts, with over 2,900 images submitted for the 2023 event.

There was $50,000 worth of Sony camera gear was awarded, including $4,000 worth of Sony digital imaging gear per category and $10,000 worth of Sony camera gear for the grand prize winner.

Taking out the grand prize was Aliens, by Lewis Burnett from Western Australia (feature image), selected by World Photography Organisation CEO, Scott Gray.

Head of Sony Digital Imaging, Sun Yoon said the photographers featured in the Awards continue to create the highest quality imagery. “Our community of photographers inspires us with their phenomenal dedication to their craft.”

Other winners were Brent Martin, Red Rock Racer (Astrophotography); Ian Semmens, Southbank Pedestrian (City/Street); Grant Galbraith, Martin Space (Creative); Matt Hrkac, Freedom for Iran (Editorial); Darren Wassell, Morning Glory (Nature); Benizi Santamaria, Time Out (Portrait); Simon Pannell, Floating (Seascape); Jay Town, Aryna Sabalenka (Sport) and Lucy McGoldrick, (Reflections (Wedding).

Speaking to Appliance Retailer at the eventwas IIan Wittenberg, a finalist in the Editorial category with his images of The Dead Sea which has been severely impacted by climate change, water diversion and industry.

“The series aims to create a deeper understanding of the severe consequences of human activities on the land and its people. Through this project, I hope to emphasise the role of humans in shaping the environment and to inspire hope for its preservation and rejuvenation,” he said.