Sony Renews Alpha Female Creator-in-Residence Contest

  By Kaitlyn Kerr

Image credit: Brooke Shaden

Sony has announced that they have renewed their Alpha Female Creator-in-Residence grant contest, which is now open for applications. The contest aims to provide an opportunity for female photographers and filmmakers to advance their careers in an industry that does not always foster appropriate female representation. 

Last fall, five creators were selected from over 6000 applicants for the first round of the program. This year, the contest has been organized into two categories: four winners will be selected in the category of photography/videography, and two winners will be selected who apply as a cinematographer or filmmaker. 

Each winner will receive $21,000 and up to $5000 in Sony equipment to help realize their creative projects, plus access to additional loaner equipment. They will also be mentored by a female Artisan of Imagery, such as Christina Mittermeier, Brooke Shaden, Taylor Rees or Nancy Borowick. Final mentor assignments will be based on the best match for each winner’s needs. They will also receive additional educational opportunities and invitations to networking events.

The contest is open to full-time female photographers, videographers, cinematographers and filmmakers who are residents of Canada or the United States who are at least 21. Applications are due August 20th, 2019. Click here for more info and to submit your application.


Kaitlyn is a craft beer enthusiast and self-labelled film nerd. Suitably, she is one of the hosts of Calgary's Beers & Cameras meetup group. She also drinks too much coffee and wants to see too many places. When not helping coordinate events or exploring whatever city, town, or backroad she can, she also works as a freelance photographer and assistant.