Last night Sony announced the winners of its fourth annual Sony Alpha Awards, which showcase Australian and New Zealand photography taken with the company’s cameras.

The Grand Prize Winner of the 2019 Sony Alpha Awards: ‘Fresh Ice, Liquid Salt’ taken by New Zealand Photographer, James Muir.

This year’s competition, which introduced four new  categories – Seascape, Astrophotography, Wedding and City / Street – attracted more than 4,000 entries. Grand Prize Winner of the 2019 Sony Alpha Awards was  James Muir from New Zealand for a picture of an iceberg taken near Antarctica with an  Alpha 7S II camera and FE 16-35mm F4 Z lens, shown above. The winners for the 2019 Sony Alpha Awards were:

  • Grand Prize : James Muir
  • Landscape : Karen Huynh
  • Nature: Daniel Browne
  • Portrait: Aries Tao
  • Sport: Joseph Hsu
  • Astrophotography: Tony Law
  • City/Street: Jomel Bartolome
  • Seascape: Aristo Risi
  • Wedding: Ben Howland

This year’s Sony Alpha Awards also saw the return of the Youth category, inviting young creatives (aged between 11-18 years old) to showcase their talents by submitting a photo in line with this year’s theme (‘Speed’) via Instagram. The Youth competition saw an outstanding response across Australia and New Zealand, with two finalists chosen to go head to head in a photography challenge. Australia’s Digital Imaging Ambassador and Travel Photographer, Tyson Mayr, chose the overall winner this evening, 18 year old, Alexi Perris from Adelaide.

Youth Category Prize Winner of the 2019 Sony Alpha Awards, Alexi Perris with ‘‘Commuting’ (shown above). The image was shot using the Alpha 6400 camera and 16-50mm lens.

Sony has launched a new Instagram account dedicated to the Australian and New Zealand Sony Photography community . It will play host to the Alpha Awards People’s Choice Award and allow members of the public to vote for their favourite image by liking the shot.