From Andalusian horses, a Korean Baek-il party and a celebratory portrait of the Altai people’s affinity with the landscape, the images recognised in this year's Alpha Female Award are a vibrant collection that demonstrate the thrilling diversity of the photography community. Recognising female talent from around the globe, we can enjoy images from photographers based in Estonia, Taiwan, South Korea and Turkey – to name just a few.
A big congratulations goes to Adriana Colombo for her black & white image titled The World in my Hands. Using a short depth of field to her advantage, the well conceived portrait radiates the intimate bond between a mother and child. As well as exposure on the World Photography Organisation international digital platforms, Colombo receives Sony digital imaging kit to develop her vision.
Speaking about the winning image, Michaela Ions, Leader of Alpha Universe Platform & Alpha Female Program at Sony, says: 'This year’s winning photo elicits such emotion from the moment you see it, and the greatest part about it is that it means something different to everyone. When you can achieve that connection with your audience as a visual artist, you know you have something special on your hands.'
We've highlighted our few of our favourites images from this year's shortlist and shares with you, in the photographers' own words, the stories behind each striking shot.
ABOUT THE ALPHA FEMALE AWARD
Now in its second year, the Award stems from the Sony Alpha Universe’s Alpha Female initiative, which focuses on creating opportunities for professional photographers, videographers, and filmmakers to help foster a richer, more diverse industry where all creators can build strong voices and bodies of work. Working with the World Photography Organisation, Sony have expanded the programme globally by recognising female photographers entering the Sony World Photography Awards Open competition. Aiming to promote and celebrate the rich diversity of the medium from an international perspective, the winning female photographer receives Sony digital imaging equipment and worldwide exposure through a dedicated online media campaign.