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 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 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 a sport being played, or related to the culture of a sport.
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 landscape photograph that prominently features the sea.
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.
Photography documenting a wedding.  Documentary work related to a wedding will also be considered.

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

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Mick Porter

Mick Porter

Mick is a Travel Photographer - based in Brisbane, but often found in India, Japan, or..

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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

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Andy Yee

Andy Yee

Sony Digital Imaging Advocate Andy Yee specialises in travel and tourism photography

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Tom Ang

Tom Ang

Tom Ang has worked in many fields in photography at top levels

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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

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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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Rachael Smith

Rachael Smith

I’m a landscape and travel photographer based in Palmerston North, New Zealand. I have lived in the USA and Asia, and traveled through more than 30 countries

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Craig Parry

Craig Parry

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

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Robin Moon

Robin Moon

HI! My name is Robin and I'm in love with my camera

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Stefan Haworth

Stefan Haworth

Born and based in Queenstown NZ, Stefan Haworth specialises in Action Sports and Commercial photography

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Zeeshan Zafar

Zeeshan Zafar

I am a Melbourne based Portraiture Photographer and Photography Trainer

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Steve Axford

Steve Axford

Steve is a nature photographer who specialises in fungi photography

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Lizzie Gilmour

Lizzie Gilmour

I'm a portrait photographer based in New Plymouth, New Zealand

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Mark Galer

Mark Galer

Mark Galer is a seasoned professional photographer, educator, and author, a former contributing editor for Australian Photography magazine, an Adobe Ambassad

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Rambo Estrada

Rambo Estrada

Rambo is a surf, adventure lifestyle and wedding photographer based in Mount Maunganui, New Zealand

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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

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William Patino

William Patino

First and foremost I’m a husband and father, based out of the mountainside town of Te Anau, in the South Island of New Zealand

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Chris Turner

Chris Turner

Chris Turner is a New Zealand based wedding and portrait photographer + videographer, adventurer and YouTuber

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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

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Silas Chau

Silas Chau

"Your camera takes really nice pictures".

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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

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Terms and Conditions

Full terms and conditions can be found here.

Images featured above were shot by category winners of the Alpha Awards Photo Competition 2018Photo credits are listed in order of appearance: Ilan Wittenberg | Grand Prize Winner & Portrait Category Winner; Chris Cope| Macro Category Winner; Kian Bullock| Sport Category Winner; Grant Galbraith| Landscape Category Winner; David Sickerdick| Editorial Category Winner; Robyn Waterhouse| Nature Category Winner; Jingshu Zhu| Abstract Category Winner