NZ Photographer Wins Grand Prize at 2018 Sony Alpha Awards

© Ilan Wittenberg

Last night marked the third year of the Sony Alpha Awards, showcasing the very best of Australian and New Zealand photography using the Sony Alpha camera range. Over 5,000 stunning images were submitted from both professional and amateur photographers, for the chance to be recognised and celebrated for their talents.

The winners across the seven categories were carefully selected by Sony Global Digital Imaging Ambassadors and professional Australian photographers, Craig Parry and Mark Galer. Each category winner received $2,000 worth of Sony camera gear, and the Grand Prize Winner, Ilan Wittenberg from Auckland, received a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Tanzania with World Photo Adventures, plus $3,000 of Sony Alpha gear.

Craig Parry and Mark Galer commented: “Over the past two years of the Sony Alpha Awards we’ve seen an incredibly high calibre of entries, and this year has been no exception, with photographers from all walks of life sharing amazing photographs. It’s an honour to see first-hand, the dedication and passion of our local Australian and New Zealand photographers.”

The category winners for the 2018 Sony Alpha Awards were…

© Jingshu Zhu

Abstract: Jingshu Zhu


© David Sickerdick

Editorial: David Sickerdick


© Grant Galbraith

Landscape: Grant Galbraith


© Chris Cope

Macro: Chris Cope


© Robyn Waterhouse

Nature: Robyn Waterhouse


© Kian Bullock

Sport: Kian Bullock


© Ilan Wittenberg

Portrait & Grand Prize: Ilan Wittenberg


This year’s Sony Alpha Awards also saw a brand new ‘Youth competition’, empowering budding photographers (aged between 11-18 years old) to showcase their talents by submitting a photo via Instagram. This provided an incredible opportunity for young creatives to win up to $4,600 worth of Sony Alpha camera equipment.

The Youth competition saw an outstanding response across Australia and New Zealand, with two Kiwi finalists chosen to go head to head in a Sydney photo challenge. Australia’s Digital Imaging Ambassador and Travel Photographer, Tyson Mayr chose the overall winner this evening, 17 year old Keeley Watson from Auckland.

Tyson said, “It was extremely tough to choose the overall winner as both of the finalists’ photos were amazing, particularly as they only had two hours to capture a winning image. I admire both of them for taking on the challenge and encourage them to continue on their photography journey.”

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