Sony renews Alpha Female Creator-in-residence program in 2019

Sony has just announced it is renewing and now accepting applications for the Alpha Female Creator-in-residence program in 2019.

Last year’s Alpha Female Creators-in-residence program launched in summer 2018. If you aren’t familiar with the program, the Alpha Female Creator-in-residence program “provides extensive resources and opportunities to advance the careers of female photographers and filmmakers,” according to Sony. Now, Sony is bringing the contest back for summer 2019.

“In 2019, Sony is renewing the initiative and remaining firmly committed to promoting diversity and fostering the growth of all voices in the photography, videography and filmmaking industries,” Sony writes.

Continuing the success with Creator-in-residence 2019

Last year, five women were selected from more than 6,000 contest applications to participate in the creators-in-residence program. They received prizes that included financial support for personal projects, along with Sony camera gear and a mentorship with one of Sony’s female Artisans of Imagery.

Sony’s bumping the number of winners up to six this time around. Four of those women will be picked from the category of Photography and Videography. The other two will be selected from the category of Filmmaking/Cinematography.

In addition to project funding and Sony gear, each winner will receive educational opportunities and invitations to networking events throughout the program.

Creator-in-residence 2019’s prizes

Cash and gear

The winners of the Sony Alpha Female award program will receive $21,000. Also, they will receive up to $5,000 in Sony equipment. All of these prizes intend to help the winners fulfill their creative projects. Additionally, they will also have access to additional loaner equipment.


Cash and gear aren’t the only prizes Sony is offering to the winners. In addition to those prices, each winner will be paired with a successful Alpha Female Artisan photographer or filmmaker. Sony says these mentors are “women who have all been paving the way for the next generation of women creators.”

Supporting mentors of the Alpha Female program include Amber Baird, Brooke Shaden, Caroline Jensen, Cristina Mittermeier, Jean Fruth, Katrin Eismann, Marvi Lacar, Me Ra Koh, Nancy Borowick, Sara France, Taylor Rees and Zabrina Deng.

So, if you are interested, you can access the contest applications and official contest rules for the Alpha Female Creator-in-residence Program at

Sean Berry
Sean Berry
Sean Berry is Videomaker's managing editor.

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