Sony Australia has announced the winners of its fifth Alpha Awards, with New Zealand surf photographer, Oscar Hetherington, winning the grand prize for his photo, Backwash.
The photo was captured on the South Island of New Zealand with a Sony Alpha 7 III camera and FE 28-70mm F3.5-5.6 OSS lens. The grand prize was picked by Scott Gray, CEO of the World Photography Organisation, the mob behind the Sony World Photography Awards.
‘It is incredibly challenging selecting a single winning image that sees one comparing astrophotography with portrait, but I was looking for something that upheld the diversity of the awards but also reflected in the creativity of the photographers participating as well as the beauty of the medium itself,’ Gray said. ‘It is very difficult to capture a single image which is engaging, elegant and timeless which is why I chose Oscar Hetherington’s Backwash. The sea is a vast, breath-taking, intimidating and constantly changing force that is difficult to compartmentalise into a single image and I believe this image goes a long way in achieving that; it is both breath-taking and calm. A wonderful angle and really succinct frame; it is an image that will stand the test of time and one would never tire of looking at it.’
The Sony Alpha Awards have 12 categories, including two new categories Compact Camera and Creative. They are open to Australian and New Zealand photographers using Sony Alpha gear. Over 3000 entries were submitted and judged by Sony ambassadors. Winners win a bunch of Sony gear.