Theme: The Human Condition

The theme of the 2015 Tokyo International Photography Competition is “The Human Condition”

Entry Information

Theme: The Human Condition

Submission Deadline: June 15, 2015

Entry Fee: $30 (USD) per series of up to 6 images

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


Meet the 2015 Jury

Roger Ballen

Photographer (S. Africa)

RongRong & inri

Co-Founders, Three Shadow Photography Center (China & Japan)

Shihoko Iida

Curator / Associate Professor, Department of Inter-Media Art, Faculty of Fine Art, Tokyo University of the Arts (Japan)

Alvaro Matias

General Manager – Publishing House, Projects and Communication, La Fabrica (Spain)

Felix Hoffmann

Head Curator, C/O Berlin (Germany)

Peggy Sue Amison

Artistic Director, West Wing Gallery (Dubai)

James Estrin

Photo Editor, Lens Blog, New York Times (USA)

JJ Estrada & Clara de Tezanos

Directors, GuatePhoto Festival (Guatemala)

Claudi Carreras

Curator, Estudio Madalena / Paraty Em Foco (Brazil)

Rei Masuda

Curator, National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo (Japan)

Hester Keijser

Associate curator, Noorderlicht Foundation (The Netherlands)

Sarah Leen

Senior Photo Editor, National Geographic Magazine (USA)

John Fleetwood

Director, Market Photo Workshop (S. Africa)

Moshe Rosenzveig

Director, Head On Photo Festival (Australia)

About the Competition

The goal of the Tokyo International Photography Competition (TIPC) is to create a series of cultural and geographical bridges between some the world’s largest photographic communities. It provides a unique opportunity for photographers from across the world to present their artistic visions beyond their country’s borders and open up possibilities for cross-pollination and cross-border collaborations.

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.

The launch of TIPC in 2013 was the first step of a three-year journey that will culminate this October with the inauguration of the 1st edition of the Tokyo International Photography Festival, presented by the Tokyo Institute of Photography, in cooperation with United Photo Industries of Brooklyn, NY.

A select group of 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 that will kick off in Tokyo (Japan), before heading out to New York (USA), Guatemala City (GT), and beyond!



A group of 8 photographers will be selected by our Jury to present their work in a traveling exhibition that will kick off in Tokyo (JP), before heading out to New York (USA), Guatemala City (GT), and beyond!


In addition to the group exhibition, one photographer will be chosen by the Jury to receive an all-expenses-paid trip to participate in the Tokyo International Photography Festival taking place in October 2015, in Tokyo, Japan.