Alpha Female Award - Sony & World Photography Organisation Announce Winner!

Winner Sony Alpha Female Award

The results are in! The Sony World Photography Awards have announced this year's winners.

We have a female winner for the Student Photographer of the Year Award, Ioanna Sakellaraki from Greece who is currently studying at the Royal College of Art, London. Her series of night-time images of solar panels, wind turbines and battery farms that are used to power the island of Tilos - the first Walden in the Mediterranean to run on renewable energy can be seen in her Winners Gallery.

Student Photographer of the Year Award 2020
Winner: Student Photographer of the Year

The inaugural ‘Alpha Female Award’.

This new award aims to “celebrate the imaginative and inspiring photographic work currently created by female photographers around the world.”

The shortlist was announced a month ago and today the winner was revealed. Here's a few of our favourites, you can find the full shortlist images on the Alpha Universe site.

Hong Chen, Shortlist, Sony Alpha Female Award 2020Hong Chen, Hong Kong. 

Katerina Herbert, Shortlist, Sony Alpha Female Award 2020Katerina Herbert, United Kingdom

Marleen Van Eijk, Shortlist, Sony Alpha Female Award 2020Marleen Van Eijk, Netherlands

Jessica Chappe, Shortlist, Sony Alpha Female Award 2020Jessica Chappe, United States

Anastasia Kaminski, Shortlist, Sony Alpha Female Award 2020Anastasia Makinski, Russian Federation


The Winning Image by Lily Dawson, Punshon

Winner, Sony Alpha Female Award 2020Winner: Lily Dawson-Punshon, United Kingdom. 

Lily Dawson-Punshon winning image which was picked from entries to the Open category - was inspired by historical paintings, her portrait, in particular, she calls “an evolutionary depiction of Johannes Vermeer’s ‘Girl with the Pearl Earring’,” with a current-day twist.

She will receive a range of Sony digital imaging equipment which will help her as she begins a course in Fashion Photography

Lily talks about her award in this video.


The Alpha Female Award is attached to Sony's Alpha Universe 'Alpha Female Creator in Residence' campaign:

You can be one of the six Creators-in-Residence who will receive the support to pursue their career goals or their filmmaking project. In this six-month program, we'll help you expand your horizons by setting you up with substantial funds to alleviate financial stress, state-of-the-art Sony gear to create your best work, and an award-winning mentor to light the way.

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