SIGMA America Announces 60th Anniversary Scholarship Contest Winners | News Direct

SIGMA America Announces 60th Anniversary Scholarship Contest Winners


facebook icon linkedin icon twitter icon pinterest icon email icon Ronkonkoma, NY | February 02, 2022 11:00 AM Eastern Standard Time

SIGMA Corporation of America, the US subsidiary of SIGMA Corporation (CEO: Kazuto Yamaki. Headquarters: Asao-ku, Kawasaki-shi, Kanagawa, Japan) is pleased to announce the eight winners of the 60th Anniversary Student Scholarship Contest, each of whom will be awarded a $7,500 scholarship.

The $60,000 in scholarship money has been awarded to student photographers and filmmakers in each of four categories, each aligned with the core principles of the company. The four core principles upon which the contestants were asked to draw their creative inspiration are: Authenticity, Precision, Inspiration, and Honor.

The winners are as follows:


  1. Shelby Brewer - John Brown University (Still Photo)
  2. Max Hurley - San Francisco State University (Film)


  1. Juliette Poirier - UCLA (Still Photo)
  2. Justin Steele - Savannah College of Art and Design (Film)


  1. Eric Skadson - University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee (Still Photo)
  2. Joseph Kitchens - Brigham Young University-Idaho (Film)


  1. Mallory Grossman - American Film Institute (Still Photo)
  2. Sofia Ayerdi - California State University Northridge (Film)


"Witnessing the creativity, passion, and prescient interpretations of the core principles of SIGMA by the collegiate entrants of the 60th Anniversary Scholarship highlights the bright future for creative expression and our industry." reports Mark Amir-Hamzeh, President of SIGMA Corporation of America. "The body of work showcased in the winners' gallery is a fitting tribute to SIGMA's founder and chairman, Michihiro Yamaki and all that he stood for, and the principles upon which the company was founded, and the principals we adhere to today and into the future under the guidance of Kazuto Yamaki, the current CEO and Founder's son. Congratulations to all the finalists."

To view the winning entries and honorable mentions, please visit


SIGMA America has awarded $60,000 in prize money to the eight winners of the 60th Anniversary Scholarship Contest


About SIGMA Corporation

Craftsmanship. Precision. Dedication. Since 1961, SIGMA has been devoted to the pursuit of advancing photographic technology. Unique to the industry, the family-owned business produces its high-quality, award-winning still photo and cinema camera lenses, DSLR and mirrorless cameras, flashes, filters and accessories from its state-of-the-art manufacturing facility located in Aizu, Japan.

In 2012, the company introduced SIGMA Global Vision with three distinct lens lines: Art, Contemporary and Sports. Designed for industry camera mount systems including Canon, Leica, Nikon, Olympus, Panasonic, Sony and SIGMA, each lens is handcrafted and tested in Japan to ensure a high-performance, premium product that is purpose-built to last. In 2016, the SIGMA Cine lens lineup was launched, further cementing SIGMA as an innovator in imaging engineering. Embodying the core optical DNA that has defined the SIGMA benchmark of excellence, SIGMA Cine lenses meet the needs of advanced 6k and 8k cinema production.

Forming the landmark L-Mount alliance alongside Leica and Panasonic in 2018, SIGMA continues its storied tradition of imaging excellence through groundbreaking innovations such as the native L-mount SIGMA fp and fp L full-frame mirrorless digital cameras, announced in July 2019 and March 2021 respectively. These products, along with nearly 30 award-winning SIGMA Global Vision lenses available in native L-Mount format, demonstrate SIGMA's continued commitment to the creative community through expanded product offerings. With the fp, fp L and these lenses, even more shooters can now leverage SIGMA's renowned optical formula to achieve their creative vision with ease.

As SIGMA reaches its 60th anniversary, the company continues to work diligently to innovate and grow in an ever-changing industry, while adhering to the principles set by its founder, Michihiro Yamaki, and carried on by current CEO Kazuto Yamaki, now and into the future.


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