Sony Electronics Inc. recently announced the winners of its Alpha Female Creator-in-Residence Program Contest, which is part of its “Be Alpha” campaign flagship initiatives. Out of over 6,000 entrants, the five winners were chosen to receive funding, mentorship, Sony digital imaging products, and other perks.
The Alpha Female initiative is Sony’s answer to the imaging industry’s well-known gender gap challenges, with the goal of providing exclusive opportunities for women photographers to get ahead in their careers. To empower these talented women, Sony will award them with a six-month grant of $25,000 in funds, $5,000 in Sony digital imaging product allowance, a one-on-one mentorship with a high-profile Sony Artisan of Imagery, and many other prizes.
Here are the chosen Alpha Female Creators-in-Residence:
A wedding photographer from Ohio, Megan’s goal is to create photos that make you stop in your tracks for a moment in time. Learn more about her at https://www.choosestudio22.com. Megan’s mentor will be Artisan of Imagery Sara France.
Danielle Da Silva
Currently living in Toronto, Danielle is a storyteller, conservationist, scholar, activist speaker, and the founder of Photographers Without Borders. You can learn more on her website at http://www.danielledasilva.com. Danielle’s mentor will be Artisan of Imagery Cristina Mittermeier.
An adventure and lifestyle artist living in Vancouver, Erin focuses on capturing the impossible. Discover Erin’s work at https://www.instagram.com/erinhogue. Erin’s mentor will be Artisan of Imagery Brooke Shaden.
An educator and portrait photographer from Texas, Nitashia’s passion is currently focused on developing a community-based media arts program for high school teens. Learn more about her at http://www.nitashiajohnson.com. Nitashia’s mentor will be Artisan of Imagery Me Ra Koh.
Collette is a photographer and creative focused on stop motion graphics and living in Northern California. You can learn more on her website at http://coletterobinson.com/. Colette’s mentor will be Artisan of Imagery Caroline Jensen.
As part of the Alpha Female initiative, Sony will also be supporting several events for and by females, as well as funding additional projects by female creators, with the goal of promoting diversity in the fields of photography and filmmaking.