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Theme: Origin

The theme of the fourth edition of the Tokyo International Photography Competition is: “Origin”.

Since its inception, the goal of the Tokyo International Photography Competition (TIPC) has been to create a series of cultural and geographical bridges between some the world’s largest photographic communities. And over these past 4 years, we have seen our dream take shape, connections flourish, new initiatives born: we are truly excited by all that lies ahead.

The launch of TIPC was the first step of a three-year journey that reached a key milestone with the inauguration of the Tokyo International Photography Festival in October 2015, presented by the Tokyo Institute of Photography, in cooperation with United Photo Industries of Brooklyn, NY.

Building on the success of last year’s critically acclaimed touring exhibition of the 2015 Tokyo International Photo Competition, presented in Tokyo, Japan; Guatemala City, Guatemala; New York City, USA; and Sydney, Australia, we have selected a fitting theme for the fourth edition of the Tokyo International Photography Competition: Origin.

Etymologically speaking, “origin” denotes “beginning”, “source”, “birth”, “rise” or “start”. Marcus Garvey, a renowned civil rights activist at the turn of the previous century, said “A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots.

Who are we? Where do we come from? Where do we belong?

Since the dawn of time, cultures have shared origin myths, weaving an intergenerational chain linking the past to the present. From the Norse cosmology of nine home worlds unified by the World Tree Yggdrasil, to modern-day endeavors in genealogy and mapping one’s family tree, origin stories provide us with a sense and a place of belonging. Origins allow us to live in the present, with an eye on a future shaped by our collective past.

At a time of increased uncertainty and tension on both the interpersonal and global stages, photography’s role in helping us negotiate our daily existence has never been stronger. For our fourth edition of the Tokyo International Photography Competition, we ask you to capture Origin.

 

Entry Information

Theme: Origin

FINAL Submission Deadline: July 4, 2016

Entry Fee: $35 (USD) per series of up to 6 images (minimum of 3 images)

Eligibility: The Tokyo International Photography Competition is open to photographers worldwide, over the age of 18.
 

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About the Competition

There are numerous competitions whose aim is to discover new photographic talent from around the globe, but many of these opportunities are often beyond the reach of those who do not speak a certain language or have a deep understanding of a particular culture. This has often been the case for Japanese photographers trying to enter foreign markets and for foreigners wanting to present and exhibit their work in Japan.

Since its inception, the goal of the Tokyo International Photography Competition (TIPC) has been to create a series of cultural and geographical bridges between some the world’s largest photographic communities. And over these past 3 years, we have seen our dream take shape, connections flourish, new initiatives born, and we are truly excited by all that lies ahead.

The launch of TIPC in 2013 was the first chapter of a long journey that lead to the inauguration of the annual Tokyo International Photography Festival in 2015, presented by the Tokyo Institute of Photography, in cooperation with United Photo Industries of Brooklyn, NY.

A select group of 10 internationally renowned jurors from around the world will review all the images submitted and nominate 8 talented photographers whose work will be exhibited as part of a traveling exhibition in Tokyo (Japan), before heading out to New York (USA), with additional host cities to be announced shortly!


Prizes – Traveling Exhibition

EIGHT FEATURED PHOTOGRAPHERS

 
A group of 8 photographers will be selected by our Jury to present their work in a traveling exhibition:

 
In addition to the traveling exhibition, the 8 photographers will also receive:


ONE GRAND PRIX WINNER

 
In addition to the group exhibition, one photographer will be chosen by the Jury to receive an all-expenses-paid trip to attend the Opening Party of the exhibition in Tokyo, Japan.


Meet the 2016 Jury

Gwen Lee

– Director, Singapore International Photography Festival (Singapore)

Keizo Kitajima

– Photographer / Founder, photographers’ gallery (Japan)

Mark Pearson

– Founder / Director, ZEN FOTO GALLERY (Japan)

Sujon Song

– Co-Founder and co-diretor, Seoul Lunar Foto (S. Korea)

Christine Barthe

– Curator, Musée du Quai Branly (France)

Erik Kessels

– Artist / Photography Curator (The Netherlands)

Marc Prust

– Independent Photography Consultant / Curator (The Netherlands)

Sandra Phillips

– Senior Curator of Photography, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (USA)

Alejandro Castellote

– Independent curator / Writer / Professor (Spain)

Allegra Cordero di Montezemolo

– Exhibition Coordinator / Curator, Center for the Image (Mexico)

Azu Nwagbogu

– Founder / Director, African Artists’ Foundation (Nigeria)