Sony’s Photojournalism Scholarship
Sony’s development of digital cameras began in 1981 with the Mavica, which used a floppy disk as the recording medium (digital camera development timeline). Photojournalists took notice with the introduction of the A series cameras in 2013. The A series cameras are full-featured cameras for professional work. As mirrorless cameras, they are capable of silent operation, which allows a new standard of unobtrusive photojournalism.
In 2019, Sony extended its support of photojournalism with Sony’s Photojournalism Scholarship to be administered by the National Press Photographers Foundation. The scholarship is given to either an undergraduate or graduate student studying photojournalism. In addition, Sony offers cameras to all NPPF scholarship winners.
Sony Electronics, manufacturer of the Alpha series of mirrorless cameras, also is a Platinum Level sponsor of National Press Photographers Association’s Best Of Photojournalism 2019 competition. With this support, NPPA is offered significant cash and camera prizes to top portfolio winners, and Tiffany crystal awards for winning newsrooms. Sony Alpha cameras were awarded to the top still photography portfolios as well as the Sony Best of Show-Video winner, and the Best of Show-Stills winner. Cash prizes range from $500 to $1,000.
“Sony is proud to support excellence in both student and professional photojournalism,” Samantha Corn said. Corn is a Senior Business Development Manager and Education, Digital Imaging Division, Sony Electronics Inc.