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Alpha Female Award

Looking for a platform to celebrate female photographers? The Alpha Female Awards is for you!

The Alpha Female Award is focused on supporting and championing woman photographers around the globe. Set up to empower female photographic talent and promote their work to an international audience, the award aims to create a powerful platform and ensure the photographic industry is a space where both genders can excel. 

The award stems from the Alpha Universe’s Alpha Female initiative by Sony US, which focuses on creating opportunities for professional photographers, videographers, and filmmakers to help foster a richer, more diverse creative community. Working with the World Photography Organisation, Sony US have expanded their programme to a global scale by recognising female photographers entering the Sony World Photography Awards Open competition.

Speaking about the programme, Michaela Ion, Leader of Alpha Universe Platform & Alpha Female Program at Sony US, says: ‘The finalists in this year’s Open competition show why having diverse voices represented in photography is so crucial to our understanding of the world around us. Their photos tell stories in unique ways, and to have their art on full display is a step forward for us all in making the photography world a more equal place. We’re proud to support such talented photographers with the Alpha Female+ program and partner with Sony World Photography Awards to uncover and reward extraordinary voices around the world.’

Read our interview with Michaela Ion here



Overall winnerShortlist
Receive Sony digital imaging equipment x
Global press exposure xx
Inclusion in bookx
Inclusion in exhibitionxx
Promoted on website xx
Promoted to online community xx

How to enter

All women photographers entering any of the ten categories in the Sony World Photography Awards Open competition will be considered for the Alpha Female Award. Categories to choose from are Architecture, Creative, Landscape, Lifestyle, Motion, Natural World & Wildlife, Object, Portraiture, Street Photography and Travel. Entry is free. Submissions are judged by a panel of experts. Images will be rewarded for their power to communicate a visual narrative with excellent technical and creative skills.

Sony Alpha Female Creator-In-Residence program

Sony’s Alpha Female program focuses on creating opportunities for professional female photographers and videographers working in the United States and fostering a richer and more diverse industry.

Six female creators are accepted into the six-month long Alpha Female Creator-in-Residence Programme, during which they each received over $30,000 in grants and equipment, mentorship with an award-winning Sony Artisan of Imagery, and numerous opportunities to raise their profiles in the photography and filmmaking industries. 

Discover the new photographers taking part in the Alpha Female Creator-in-Residence Programme and follow their progress here