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The visual creator industry needs diverse voices to thrive and reach new heights. We're on a mission to support the growth of underrepresented voices in photography, videography, and filmmaking, and provide a platform for creators across the artistic spectrum furthering this mission with their work.


Why YOU Should Apply

You have a photo or video project idea that you believe in, and this grant will help you bring it to life. Besides funding, we’ll provide the Sony gear to shoot on, Adobe software to edit with, and the opportunity to have your project seen worldwide by countless creators who will be inspired to create alongside you.

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What YOU Will Receive

  • A $5,000 grant to fund a specific, well-defined project
  • A full-frame Sony camera and lens (value of $3,000+) to shoot your project
  • A one-year full Adobe Creative Cloud All Apps subscription, courtesy of our friends at Adobe (value of $636), to edit your project
  • A one-year Sony PRO Support membership and a training session with a Sony Pro Support expert so you can make the most of your gear
  • The opportunity to have your project featured on AlphaUniverse.com and Sony Alpha social channels


We’ve partnered with Sony Pictures Entertainment’s Gemstone Studios for their new Rising Storyteller Search, which aims to discover the next great voice in filmmaking. If you’re a filmmaker ready to be discovered, this is the perfect opportunity to make yourself known.

Current Grant Winner
Anne Lagamayo & Tiara Chiaramonte
Anne Lagamayo and Tiara Chiaramonte will be creating a mini documentary about three Filipino nurses who work at Mt. Sinai Hospital and opened a Filipino restaurant in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic. Their goal is to look at an immigrant community’s strength and grit in the face of disaster - and the perseverance that has opened up a long-heralded cuisine to the rest of the world.

Previous Grant Winners + Their Projects

Above all else, this is a family, and we support each other’s dreams and goals. When we show up for each other, our power to become our best selves is multiplied and carries us forward in extraordinary ways.

To contribute to the Alpha Female+ Community, join our Alpha Female Facebook group and engage with our creative family, create a public Creator Profile on alphauniverse.com, follow @sonyalpha and @sonyalphafemale on Instagram and tag your posts with #sonyalphafemale for a chance to have your work featured.


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JOIN The Challenge

For the entire month of December, show us your best macro photos for your chance to win a Sony ZV-1 and to have your image featured on alphauniverse.com and @sonyalphafemale. To enter, follow @sonyalphafemale, then upload your photo with a caption, tag @sonyalpha, and use the #SonyAlphaFemale and #SonyMacro hashtags. Photos that you enter should be made during the challenge period (no tagging old posts).

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Current Challenge Winner
RoGina Montgomery

"My goal in life is to be one of those people who are just light."

“This quote (from an unknown source) resonated with me because it's how I try to live my life – as someone who can be remembered as a person who made people genuinely happy. I have this quote in my journal and came back to it recently and knew I wanted to try to capture it in a self-portrait.”

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