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About the competition

The Alpha Awards return in 2019 to bring together the greatest images from across Australia and New Zealand, captured on Sony Alpha cameras and lenses. The Awards aim to drive creativity, reward professionals and enthusiasts alike and provide a platform to showcase the very best Alpha Photography work.

For this year’s competition, photographers can submit their work across eight categories, including; Astrophotography, City/Street, Landscape, Nature, Portrait, Seascape, Sports, and Wedding.

Primary and high school students also have an opportunity to showcase their photography skills through an exciting and unique youth competition. Please visit the Youth Competition page to learn more.

To view last year’s winning photographs, please visit Alpha Awards 2018.

Competition Dates

The competition commences at 12:01AM AEST on Thursday, 27th June, 2019 and closes for submissions at 11:59PM AEST on Saturday, 31st August, 2019. All finalists will be notified from Monday, 16th September, 2019.

Prizes

There is over $25,000 worth of Sony camera gear to win!

Grand Prize | Total Prize Value: $10,000
Sony digital imaging gear to the value of $10,000

Category Prize | Total Prize Value: $16,000
Sony digital imaging gear to the value of $2,000 for each category winner

Categories

Judging for all categories will be based on aesthetic considerations, including but not limited to the photographer's choice of subject, photographic technique and post-capture treatment.  Where possible, images should be entered in the most specific category (i.e. a photo that could go into Landscape or Seascape should be entered into Seascape).  Beyond this, category-specific criteria are as follows:

Youth:
The theme for the 2019 Youth competition is "Speed".  The youth competition is run via Instagram; submissions are not accepted through Sony Scene.  For full details, visit the Youth Competition page.

Open Photo Categories:
A photograph that prominently features the night sky. 
  • Composite images that do not alter the explicit content of the image are allowed (i.e. exposure blending, colour compositing, dark frame subtraction).
  • Pure starfield images may be submitted, but judging will be based on aesthetic and pictorial criteria; advanced astronomy work may not be highly awarded.
This category covers any image that documents life in an urban centre.  Both people and places will be considered.
A photo of a place and/or thing. Photo compositing in this category for technical purposes will not be penalised.  Photographs that qualify for consideration in Astrophotography or Seascape are unlikely to receive an award in this category.
A photo of the natural living world. Animals, plants, fungi - if it’s alive, it counts.  Domesticated animals and animals in clearly artificial settings or captivity are unlikely to be awarded.
A photo of a person who is aware of the photographer and participating in the creation of the photo. Judging in this category will reward photos that reveal more than just the surface of the subject.  Candid photography is not considered in this category.
A landscape photograph that prominently features the sea.
A photo of a sport being played, or related to the culture of a sport.
Photography documenting a wedding.  Documentary work related to a wedding will also be considered.
If you are a student between the ages of 11 and 18 years, we are holding a separate photography competition just for you! Visit www.sony.com.au/alphaawardsyouth or www.sony.co.nz/alphaawardsyouth to learn more.

Judges

The judges for the Alpha Awards 2019 are notable photographers selected for each category based on their experience and body of work.  These are the judges for Alpha Awards 2019, by category:
 
Astrophotography
Hakan Nedjat
Jay Evans
Luke Tscharke
City/Street
Mick Porter
Pat Kay
Tom Ang
Landscape
Andrew Clarke
Andy Yee
Rachael Smith
Nature
Craig Parry
Robin Moon
Steve Axford
Portrait
Lizzie Gilmour
Mark Galer
Zeeshan Zafar
Seascape
Rambo Estrada
William Patino
Sports
Andy Cheung
Stefan Haworth
Wedding
Chris Turner
James Day
Silas Chau
Youth
Tyson Mayr
 
Hakan Nedjat

Hakan Nedjat

Hakan is a landscape and astroscape photographer based in the Coromandel, New Zealand. ​Focusing on specific details within the landscape, Hakan's images often ...

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Luke Tscharke

Luke Tscharke

Hi I'm Luke and I am an award-winning Australian landscape, nature, and travel photographer based in Hobart, Tasmania. My major passion is inspiring people to r...

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Pat Kay

Pat Kay

Pat is an award-winning freelance travel photographer and multi-disciplinary content creator based in Sydney, Australia.

With a passion for travel and adv...

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Andy Cheung

Andy Cheung

Andy Cheung is a professional sports photographer specialising in tennis; covering Grand Slams, Laver Cup, Davis Cup and Fed Cup ties, as well as many other ...

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Andy Yee

Andy Yee

Sony Digital Imaging Advocate Andy Yee specialises in travel and tourism photography . When not leading workshops in exotic locations, he can be found in Syd...

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Andrew Clarke

Andrew Clarke

Andrew J Clarke is an award winning commercial and landscape photographer with a passion for capturing the stunning Australian landscape. When not out shooting...

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Robin Moon

Robin Moon

I'm a Sydney based award-winning photographer specialising in Wildlife and Landscape photography.

I've been kissed by a wolf in Norway, climbed ...

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Rachael Smith

Rachael Smith

I’m a landscape, nature and travel photographer based in Palmerston North, New Zealand.

I have lived in the USA and Asia, and traveled through more...

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Steve Axford

Steve Axford

Steve is a nature photographer who specialises in fungi photography. His unique talent for capturing nature has led him to be featured in numerous magazines and...

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Craig Parry

Craig Parry

Craig Parry is an international, multi award winning nature photographer based in Byron Bay, Australia.

Specialising in marine, aerial and landscape...

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Stefan Haworth

Stefan Haworth

Born and based in Queenstown NZ, Stefan Haworth specialises in Action Sports and Commercial photography. With passion for ocean and outdoors, Stefan's work take...

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Mark Galer

Mark Galer

Mark Galer is a photographer, educator and published author (30 books for Focal Press). He has a commercial background in editorial photography and was also ...

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Zeeshan Zafar

Zeeshan Zafar

I am a Melbourne based Portraiture Photographer and Photography Trainer. I started my photography journey as a Car Sports Photographer in 2004, but soon after I...

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Lizzie Gilmour

Lizzie Gilmour

I'm a portrait photographer based in New Plymouth, New Zealand.
I have a passion for photographing families in many forms and specialise in fine art portra...

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William Patino

William Patino

Full time landscape photographer, based out of the mountainside town of Te Anau, in the South Island of New Zealand. My passion is for wilderness and creatin...

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Tyson Mayr

Tyson Mayr

National Geographic Explorer
Adventure Presenter & Film Maker
Best Job in the World Video Competition Winner

Buying his firs...

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Rambo Estrada

Rambo Estrada

Rambo is a surf, adventure lifestyle and wedding photographer based in Mount Maunganui, New Zealand. His photography is regularly featured in local and internat...

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James Day

James Day

My name is James Day and I’m a wedding photographer passionate about photographing the connections between two people in love. I’m based just south of Sydney an...

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Jay Evans

Jay Evans

My name is Jay Evans and I am a Nightscape and Landscape Photographer, Tour Guide and Educator based in the Blue Mountains.

For the past few years, I...

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Chris Turner

Chris Turner

Chris is a New Zealand based wedding and portrait photographer and videographer, adventurer and YouTuber. He has been shooting on the Sony system for over three...

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Mick Porter

Mick Porter

Mick is a Travel Photographer - based in Brisbane, but often found in India, Japan, or... who knows where? Being awarded 2017 AIPP Australian Professional Trave...

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Silas Chau

Silas Chau

"Your camera takes really nice pictures"....

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Tom Ang

Tom Ang

Tom has worked in many fields in photography at top levels. From editing photo magazines to newspaper picture editing, teaching photography at masters level ...

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