Open to photographers worldwide. Winners will be Showcased in Traveling Exhibition
Building on the success of last year’s critically acclaimed touring exhibition of the 2015 Tokyo International Photo Competition winners, presented in Tokyo, Japan; Guatemala City, Guatemala; New York City, USA; and Sydney, Australia (still on view for a few more days at the “Head-on Photo Festival”), the theme for the fourth edition is 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.
The Tokyo International Photography Festival competition is open to photographers worldwide, over the age of 18.
SUBMISSION DEADLINE: JUNE 28, 2016
ENTRY FEE: $35 per series (up to 6 images, thematically connected)
EIGHT SELECTED PHOTOGRAPHERS
A group of 8 photographers will be selected by our Jury to to present their work in a traveling exhibition in Tokyo (JP), before heading out to New York(USA), and beyond!
ONE GRAND PRIX WINNER
In addition to the group exhibition, one photographer will be chosen by the Jury as the Grand Prix Winner who will receive an all-expenses-paid trip to attend the Opening Party of the exhibition in Tokyo, Japan.
MEET THE 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)