Sony Australia has announced the winners of the 2021 Alpha Awards, which are open to Australian and New Zealand photographers who use Sony Alpha cameras and lenses.

Grand Prize Winner of the 2021 Sony Alpha Awards, Matt Beaver’s image, ‘The Fog’, which was captured with an Alpha 9 camera and 70-200mm f/2.8 G Master lens.

This year’s competition attracted more than 4,900 photographs, which were submitted by professional and amateur photographers across the 12 categories. The winners across each category were carefully selected by 26 judges who are all acclaimed for their body of work and experience. The overall Grand Prize winner was judged by Scott Gray, CEO of the World Photography Organisation. Sony has given away more than AU$37,000 worth of camera gear with each category winner receiving AU$2,000 and the Grand Prize Winner, Matt Beaver, taking away AU$10,000 worth Sony camera gear.

The winners for the individual categories in the 2021 Sony Alpha Awards are as follows:
Astrophotography: Tony Law (AU), Moonrise at Horse Head Rock
City/Street: Jana Luo (NZ), Waking up in the fog
Compact Camera: Judi Thies (AU), In The Shadow of a Palm Tree
Creative: Bryan Jones (AU), wait
Editorial: Sandra Sanders (AU), Resolute
Landscape: Laurie Winter (NZ), Vanishing Point
Nature: Peter Ward (AU), I’ll Race You
Portrait: Sanghoon Park (AU), Hide and Seek
Sport: Remy Brand (AU), The Morning Dance
Wedding: Brendan Samuels (AU), No words, no sounds, just soft murmurs
Youth: TBC (Each year the youth competition sees an overwhelming response across Australia and New Zealand, with two finalists and overall winner chosen by Australia’s Digital Imaging Ambassador and Travel Photographer, Tyson Mayr. Unfortunately, due to the current COVID situation the final challenge between finalists Jarvis Smallman (AU) and Eric Wu (AU) has been delayed. The winner will be announced in due course via Instagram & Sony Scene.)

A gallery of the winning images in each category can be found here.