Sony Alpha Awards launch for 2021

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The 2021 Sony Alpha Awards have launched for their sixth year.

The Alpha Awards provides a platform for photography captured on Sony Alpha cameras and lenses across Australia and New Zealand. In 2020, the competition received more than 3,000 entries. 

© Oscar Hetherington - 'Back Wash' - Overall Grand Prize Category Winner 2020.
© Oscar Hetherington - 'Back Wash' - Overall Grand Prize Category Winner 2020.

For 2021 there are twelve categories; Astrophotography, City/Street, Compact Camera, Creative, Editorial, Landscape, Nature, Portrait, Seascape, Sports, Wedding, and Youth.

Over $37,000 worth of Sony camera gear will be available to win at the 2021 Awards, including $2,000 of Sony digital imaging gear per category, and each of the category winners being in with the chance to win the overall Grand Prize of Sony digital imaging gear to the value of $10,000.

The grand prize winner will be selected from among the total pool of finalists by Scott Gray of the World Photography Organisation.

In addition to the main competition, the standalone Youth competition will run for a fourth time this year, with the theme “Start”. This competition aims to inspire Australian students aged 11 to 18 to showcase their photography skills. To enter, applicants can submit photos captured on any device, whether that’s a camera, tablet or smartphone, then upload to Instagram using the hashtag #AlphaAwardsYouth21.

Entrants have a chance win out of a prize pool valued at over $3,500, which includes a range of Sony Alpha camera gear.  A dedicvated website for the Youth Competition page has all the details. 

All applicants for the Open categories can submit up to five photos through the Alpha Awards competition page. Eligible images must be taken with Sony Alpha cameras (body and lens), or a Sony fixed-lens Compact Camera (Compact Camera category only).

Submissions close on 31 May, 2021. You can see the winners from 2020 here, and enter the competition here. 

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