Sony Announces Alpha Female Digital Imaging Contest Winners
Sony Electronics has named the winners of its Alpha Female Creator-in-Residence Program Contest, one of the flagship initiatives in the Company’s recently introduced “Be Alpha” digital imaging campaign.
The Alpha Female initiative is focused on providing opportunities for women digital imaging creators to advance their careers. The Alpha Female Creator-in-Residence Program Contest awarded five winners from among 6,000 entrants a six-month grant of $25,000 in funds, $5,000 in Sony digital imaging product allowance, and a mentorship pairing with one of Sony’s high-profile Artisans of Imagery.
“Women make up the majority of the U.S. and Canadian populations and yet are significantly under-represented in the professional imaging field,” said Jennifer Geddy, head of digital marketing at Sony, in the statement announcing the winners. “The Alpha Female initiative provides a pathway to empowering more women photographers and videographers through a combination of mentorship and financial support. Efforts such as the Alpha Female initiative help expand the industry’s pool of gifted and diverse creators, raising the bar for everyone. We are extremely excited to welcome our talented Alpha Female winners and look forward to collaborating with them.”
The winners are: Megan Allen, an Ohio-based wedding photographer (her mentor: Artisan of Imagery Sara France); Danielle Da Silva, Toronto-based storyteller, conservationist, scholar, activist speaker and founder of Photographers Without Borders. (her mentor: Artisan of Imagery Cristina Mittermeier); Erin Hogue, Vancouver-based adventure and lifestyle artist (her mentor: Artisan of Imagery Brooke Shaden); Nitashia Johnson, Texas-based educator and portrait photographer who is currently focused on developing a community-based media arts program for high school teens (her mentor: Artisan of Imagery Me Ra Koh); and Colette Robinson, Northern California-based photographer who focuses on stop-motion graphics (her mentor: Artisan of Imagery Caroline Jensen).
To track the progress of all five winners throughout the program, visit www.alphauniverse.com/alpha-female
In addition to the Alpha Female Creators in Residence grant program, Sony will support several female-backed and -focused events that aim to push progress for diversity in photography and filmmaking as part of the Alpha Female initiative. The Company will also be funding several additional projects by female creators.