Sunday, 27 September 2020


Breath-taking iceberg image secures major prize for local photographer

Kuaotunu photographer, James Muir, has taken out the overall grand prize in the 2019 Sony Alpha Awards.

The competition showcases the greatest in Australian and New Zealand photography with over

4,000 stunning images submitted from professional and amateur photographers.

James’s breath-taking iceberg image, entitled “Fresh Ice, Liquid Salt” earned the producer and cinematographer a Sony camera package to the value of AUD$10,000. James is the third consecutive New Zealander to claim the grand prize.

Capturing the image was both an unforgettable and emotional experience for James. “An iceberg drifts in the Southern Ocean, somewhere near the polar circle. This was the first iceberg I had ever seen and I was for a moment stunned by the majesty of this natural phenomenon. After taking a few photos, I put my camera down and tears filled my eyes,” he said.

This year’s awards marked the introduction of four new categories - Seascape,

Astrophotography, Wedding and City/Street - alongside the existing Portrait, Landscape, Nature, Sport and Youth categories. The winners across each category were carefully selected by notable photographers who have been acclaimed for their experience and body of work in their respective categories. Each category winner received AUD$2,000 worth of Sony camera gear.

Jun Yoon, Head of Sony Digital Imaging Australia/New Zealand commented, “We are thrilled to see such incredible work produced by our Sony Alpha community as part of this year’s competition and are honoured to be able to formally celebrate their talents. The high calibre of entries is a testament to their expertise and creativity, and it is fantastic to have our industry-leading technology play a role in producing such outstanding work. We are excited to witness first-hand how Australian and New Zealand photography will continue to evolve.”

Sony Alpha is a particular range of Sony cameras and photography equipment. All photos entered in the competition were taken using models from this range. James’s winning photo was captured using and Alpha 7S II camera and FE 16-35MM F4 Z lens.

Pictured: “Fresh Ice, Liquid Salt,” the image that won Kuaotunu resident, James Muir, the overall grand prize in the 2019 Sony Alpha Awards.


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