NZ Photographer Wins Grand Prize at 2019 Sony Alpha Awards

© James Muir

Today marks the fourth year of the Sony Alpha Awards, Sony’s annual competition to showcase the greatest in Australian and New Zealand photography using the Sony Alpha camera range. Over 4,000 stunning images were submitted from professional and amateur photographers alike, for the chance to be recognised for their talents and win some great prizes.

James Muir from the Coromandel in New Zealand took the top award as the overall Grand Prize Winner for his breath-taking iceberg image, entitled Fresh Ice, Liquid Salt. A producer and cinematographer specialising in natural history and environmental documentary, James is the third consecutive New Zealander to win the Grand Prize and receives Sony camera gear to the value of AUD $10,000.

“An iceberg drifts in the Southern Ocean somewhere near the polar circle. This was the first iceberg I had ever seen, and I was for a moment stunned by the majesty of this natural phenomenon. After taking a few photos I put my camera down and tears filled my eyes,” said James of his winning image.

This year’s Alpha Awards marked the introduction of four exciting new categories – Seascape, Astrophotography, Wedding and City/Street – to be entered alongside the existing Portrait, Landscape, Nature, Sport and Youth categories.

The winners across each category were carefully selected by notable photographers who have been acclaimed for their experience and body of work in their respective categories. Each category winner received AUD $2,000 worth of Sony camera gear.

The category winners for the 2019 Sony Alpha Awards were…

© Karen Huynh

Landscape: Karen Huynh


© Daniel Browne

Nature: Daniel Browne


© Aries Tao

Portrait: Aries Tao


© Joseph Hsu

Sport: Joseph Hsu


© Tony Law

Astrophotography: Tony Law


© Jomel Bartolome

City/Street: Jomel Bartolome


© Aristo Risi

Seascape: Aristo Risi


© Ben Howland

Wedding: Ben Howland


Jun Yoon, Head of Sony Digital Imaging ANZ commented, “We are thrilled to see such incredible work produced by our Sony Alpha community as part of this year’s competition, and are honoured to be able to formally celebrate their talents.

“The high calibre of entries is a testament to their expertise and creativity, and it’s fantastic to have our industry-leading technology play a role in producing such outstanding work. We are excited to witness first-hand how Australian and New Zealand photography will continue to evolve.”

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, Australia.

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