About the theme: IDENTITY

Identity is the way we are defined and recognized by ourselves and others. Who do we relate to? How do others relate to us? Nationality, religion, and gender are some of the ways we place ourselves into collective groups; while unique characteristics distinguish us as individuals.

The Tokyo International Photography Competition invites you to explore this complex concept of “identity” in our ever changing world.

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 North America, Europe and Japan 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 highly celebrated launch of TIPC in 2013 was the first step of a three-year journey that will culminate with the launch of an international photography festival in Tokyo, starting in 2015. In August of this year, in addition to the second – expanded – edition of TIPC, The Tokyo Institute of Photography will present the first Tokyo International Portfolio Review, bringing together internationally-renowned editors and curators from around the world.

Nine internationally renowned jurors from around the world will review all the images submitted and nominate a diverse group of talented photographers whose work will be exhibited in Tokyo and Brooklyn in the fall of 2014, and Berlin in the spring of 2015.

Entry Information

DEADLINE: July 4, 2014
ENTRY FEE: $30 (USD) per series (up to 6 images)

The submission deadline has now passed.
Thank you to everyone who participated.
The selected winners of this year’s competition will be announced on August 1

At this time, the Tokyo International Photography Competition is only open to citizens and residents of North America (Canada, USA, Mexico), Japan, and Europe. For a detailed list of all eligible countries, please click here.
To mark the launch of the Tokyo International Photography Festival, starting in 2015 the competition will be open to all photographers worldwide.



A group of 8 photographers will be selected by our Jury to present their work in a group exhibition that will travel to Tokyo (JP), New York (USA), and Berlin (DE).


In addition to the group exhibition, one photographer will be chosen by the Jury to receive:

  • All-expenses paid trip to participate in the Tokyo International Portfolio Review taking place in August 2014, in Tokyo, Japan
  • Double-page feature in PHaT PHOTO magazine
  • Special Feature in LensCulture


The Jurors

Simon Bainbridge

Editor, British Journal of Photography

Jim Casper

Founder, Editor & Publisher, Lens Culture

Stacey Clarkson

Art Director, Harper’s Magazine

Daido Moriyama


Fumio Nanjo

Director, Mori Art Museum

Mariko Takeuchi

Photography Critic & Independent Curator

Ramon Reverte

Director, Editorial RM

Carla Sozzani

Director, Galleria Carla Sozzani

Barbara Tannenbaum

Curator of Photography, Cleveland Museum of Art