Sigma offers $ 60,000 in scholarships to photographers and filmmakers


Lots of camera makers have big birthdays right now, but each of them seems to be celebrating in a different way. It looks like Lumix will be celebrating its 20th anniversary on October 27 with an unveiling of the Panasonic GH6. Hasselblad, meanwhile, launched a limited-edition camera, the Hasselblad 07X Anniversary Edition, when it turned 80 last month.

Sigma, in turn, is celebrating her 60th birthday this fall – and that seems to have sparked a fit of generosity. For example, the Japanese camera maker, founded in 1961, launched a competition to offer scholarships worth $ 60,000 to budding photographers and filmmakers.

Admission is free, but you must be a legal resident of the United States, 18 years of age or older, a current student at an accredited college or university, and enrolled in a photography or film program. You must also present proof of registration.

How to enter

Eight prizes of $ 7,500 are offered: four for photographers, four for filmmakers. To win one of these, you will need to submit work done with a Sigma lens or camera in one of the following four categories: Authenticity, Accuracy, Inspiration, Honor. You should also share the same work on different social media platforms, with specific promotional hashtags. Sigma describes the categories, which are its four corporate values, as follows:

Authenticity – Be real. Let your authentic spirit shine through and show how your true self is reflected in your art.

Precision – Be meticulous. Show how your technical skills and attention to detail take your work to another level.

Inspiration – Be motivated. Show what inspires you to create and improve, regardless of the obstacles.

Honor – Be proud. Family, dignity, ambition… illustrate how much more your art represents than it seems.

The artwork must have been created after September 1 of this year, and you can submit an entry in as many categories as you like. The contest is open for entries now and ends October 31, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. ET.

You can find the full terms and conditions and enter your work here.

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