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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
Julie Ellison
Documentary photography captured my attention at a young age—the fact that a single unscripted moment could convey so much story was a powerful realization. When I shoot, I look to combine background layers that build context with a subject’s in-between moments that reveal emotion. My “Women of the West” project will document the intrepid lives, jobs, and hobbies of women who live in these harsh but beautiful mountain landscapes. This project will showcase ranchers, horse trainers, blacksmiths, glassblowers, silversmiths, hunters, anglers, wildlife rehabilitators, and other women who are bold, resilient, and courageous. By increasing the visibility of independent, fearless women through this project, I hope to inspire more women to write their own story.

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

This October, show us your best self-portrait for a chance to win a Sony ZV-1 and have your image featured on alphauniverse.com and @sonyalphafemale. Think beyond the selfie and show us what you can come up with. To enter, follow @sonyalphafemale on Instagram, upload your photo with a caption and tag @sonyalpha and use the #SonyAlphaFemale & #SonySelfPortrait hashtags. Photos that you enter should be made during the challenge period (no tagging old posts). The winner will be notified via DM on Instagram.

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