2019 Sony Alpha Awards Includes Astro Photography Competition for Australian and New Zealand

The 2019 Sony Alpha Awards are in their fourth year, inviting all levels of Australian and New Zealand photographers to enter and showcase their talents and imagery over the last year.

The Sony Alpha Awards offers nine categories to enter including Astrophotography, Portrait, Landscape, Nature, Sport and Youth, Seascape, Wedding and City/Street. Astrophotography is a new category this year.

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.”

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 can be submitted now through August 31, 2019.

Judging for all categories will be based on aesthetic considerations, including but not limited to the photographer’s choice of subject, photographic technique and post-capture treatment.

Rules for the Astronomy portion of the competition include:

– A photograph that prominently features the night sky.

– Composite images that do not alter the explicit content of the image are allowed (i.e. exposure blending, color compositing, dark frame subtraction).

– Pure starfield images may be submitted, but judging will be based on aesthetic and pictorial criteria; advanced astronomy work may not be highly awarded.

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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