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The Sony Alpha Awards returns for 2019

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The 2019 Sony Alpha Awards is now open for a fourth year, celebrating the incredible imagery captured on Sony Alpha cameras and lenses. The award encourages all levels of Australian and New Zealand photographers to enter and showcase their talents and imagery over the last year.

The Sony Alpha Awards has a selection of nine categories to enter in to, including Portrait, Landscape, Nature, Sport and Youth, and for the first time in 2019; Seascape, Astrophotography, Wedding and City / Street.

There is AUD$2,000 of Sony digital imaging gear available to win per category. Each of the category winners will also have the chance to win the overall Grand Prize which is AUD$10,000 worth of Sony digital imaging gear.

Jun Yoon, Head of Digital Imaging, Sony Australia and New Zealand comments: "We are thrilled to bring back another year of the Sony Alpha Awards. Last year saw over 5,000 images entered, and we can’t wait to see what the Alpha community delivers in 2019.

We encourage both amateur and professional photographers alike to enter their incredible imagery into this year’s competition."

Craig Parry, Sony Digital Imaging Ambassador and official judge for the Nature competition says: "There are stacks of new categories for the 2019 Sony Alpha Awards, including Astrophotography and Seascape, as well as original ones such as Nature which is a personal favourite of mine. Capturing the ocean’s creatures on camera is something I’m extremely passionate about, so let’s see what the category entries, along with all the others, bring this year."

The standalone Youth competition will run for a second time this year, after a successful 2018, aimed at recognising inspiring young Australian and New Zealand photographers aged 11-18 years old. To enter, applicants can submit photos captured on any device, whether that’s a camera, tablet or smartphone, then upload to Instagram.

Two chosen finalists will each win an Alpha camera and lens and an all-inclusive trip to Sydney, where they will go head to head in an exciting photography challenge to determine the Youth category winner.

Tyson Mayr, Travel Photographer, Sony Digital Imaging Ambassador and official judge for the Youth competition comments: "It’s fantastic to be returning again this year to uncover all of the amazing young photographers across ANZ. Judging last year’s competition was extremely tough, due to the amazing work put forward. I’m particularly excited about this year’s theme, ‘Speed’, and I can’t wait to see what the 2019 entrants bring to the table. The Sony Alpha Awards is such an awesome opportunity and platform for budding young photographers to showcase their talents!"

All applicants can visit the Sony Scene website to find out more information, including how to enter their chosen category or categories. With the exception of the Youth category, eligible images must be taken with Sony Alpha cameras (body and lens). Submissions will close on 31st August 2019.

Finalists from all categories will be invited to attend the Sony Alpha Awards ceremony on 26th September 2019 in Sydney, where the winners will be announced.

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