Sony Alpha Awards 2018 are now open to 11 to 18 year old photographers, with great prizes on offer.

You have until 2 April 2018 to sign up and enter. You’ll need an Instagram* account. Post your entries with the hashtag #AlphaAwardsYouth. But remember, sign up first. Go here to do that and follow the instructions. Enter as many times as you like.

Don’t have a decent camera? No matter. Use your phone. The theme of the competition is “Gritty”.

There will be two finalists. Each will receive a prize of return flights to Sydney (including accommodation, food and travel expenses, and two tickets to Alpha Awards) and a Sony Alpha camera (α6300) and two lenses valued at $2600. The winner will be announced at the Alpha Awards 2018 ceremony in Sydney on 26 April 2018 and will receive an additional $2000 worth of Sony camera lenses and accessories.

The Sony α6300 camera (pictured above) is a compact E-Mount mirrorless, interchangeable lens model valued at nearly $1700 for the body alone. It features a 24.2 megapixel sensor and supports 4K movie recording.


* Those under 13 can use their parent’s account