Great news forfemale photographers looking to take their profession to the next level. As part of its Alpha Female program, Sony is looking for five female photographers or filmmakers to help add some balance to a traditionally male-dominated industry. Those selected will receive a $25,000 grant to support their work, $5,000 to spend on Sony gear, some priceless mentorship from Sony Artisans, and the opportunity to have their work displayed in New York and Los Angeles exhibitions.
As for the type of photography or filmmaking Sony is looking for — it seems pretty open-ended. The Artisans providing the mentorship represent a diverse range of styles. The only strict requirement — a pretty obvious one — is that you’ll have to shoot with Sony gear.
The application process is rather involved, but given the generous grant at stake, it’s probably well worth the effort. Female photographers and filmmakers interested in the program should prepare to submit a one-minute personal video, samples of their work, an essay about their biggest career challenge, a pitch about how they would benefit from the program, and a budget outlining how the grant money would be put to use.
Applications are open now through October 7th, and the five winners will be announced in mid-late October.