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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.

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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
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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
Lisa Janae
Multimedia artist Lisa Janae is creating a docu-series starting with the experiences of an Afro-Queer performance artist residing in Brooklyn. “The goal of the series is to showcase the lives of talents, creatives and changemakers of color pushing their dreams forward and reminding us that we’re all connected. Common Characters is human driven and will provide intimate portraits of four individuals during their most sacred moments and their most joyous.”
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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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Meet Our Alpha Ambassadors

Current Challenge Winner
Emily Rasinski

Congratulations to Emily Rasinski for winning our Sony Alpha Female #SonyTimewarp contest. Emily wins a Sony ZV-1 camera for her short stop-motion film, “Let's Make Pierogi.” "I'm fairly new to stop-motion video," Emily says, "but I have been a photographer for more than a decade. The majority of that time I was a photojournalist, which meant sticking to strict journalistic rules and ethics. Coming from a journalistic background, getting into stop-motion has been extremely freeing! There are no rules and your only parameters are the limits of your imagination. You can literally make inanimate objects come alive. It's magic!"

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