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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
Shravya Kag
Over the next several weeks, Shravya Kag will be photographing life along New York’s “International Express,” the winding route of the 7 Line through Queens. She says, “Cruising through eight ethnic pockets in Queens on an elevated line, the 7 train, fondly known as ‘The International Express’ provides an overview of what and who truly make NYC the melting pot it is -- immigrants.”

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 month of January, show us your best timelapse, hyperlapse or stop-motion (or any other kind of time-bending video) in the Alpha Female+ Timewarp Contest for your chance to win a Sony ZV-1 and to have your video featured on alphauniverse.com and @sonyalphafemale. To enter, follow @sonyalphafemale, then upload your video clip with a caption, tag @sonyalpha, and use the #SonyAlphaFemale and #SonyTimewarp hashtag. Videos that you enter should be made during the challenge period (no tagging old posts). The winner will be notified via DM on Instagram and you can see the Official Contest Rules for details.

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Current Challenge Winner

"[W]hen I saw this vine's slow-motion, suffocating embrace of a young blossom in a neighbor's garden, I looked for a composition that would highlight the interaction. The nearly imperceptible struggle between flower and vine reminds us that nature can appear peaceful but seldom offers a break from the struggle to survive." Shot with her Sony Alpha α7R III and Sony 90mm f/2.8 Macro G lens. -Mika Geiger

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