ABOUT IMA next
IMA next is a photography competition open to anyone who wishes to participate. Every month, one theme and one judge from various backgrounds and practices will be announced. The winner will be awarded with a cash prize along with a feature on IMA Online, IMA magazine or with possible opportunities to exhibit his/her works at other occasions organized by IMA.
This is essentially a platform that offers the chance for one of your photographs to open its wings and learn to fly away into the world of art photography.
It may be your carefully designed and thought-through photographs taken with your favourite camera or it may also be an accidental shot with your smartphone that turned out to be a great image. Anything is welcome. Our aim is to discover new talents from all over the world through IMA next.
|Grand Prix||100,000 JPY Cash Prize
(A selection of prices opportunities below depending on the nature of your work)
・Exhibition at IMA Gallery
・Participation rigft to the art fair， Photo Camp (Once a year. For 2019, it is now planned for October)
・Free participation to the Step Out! portfolio review (Once a year)
・Feature on IMA magazine
・Exposure on IMA Online and IMA official SNS
|Shortlist||・Exposure on IMA Online and IMA official SNS|
IMA next is a photo competition that aims to support emerging photographers to succeed in the art photography world.
|How?||Please chose the theme you would like to enter for and fill out the appropriate submission form. Make sure you chose the right form as it is different depending on each theme.
1～5 can be uploaded for each entry, however in that case, all your photographs in the entry will be judged as 1series. If you would like to submit multiple series, please make another entry. There is no limit to the number of entries per theme.
|Who?||The applicant must be older than 16 years old. Otherwise, anyone is welcome! We have no restriction in terms of your nationality, age, gender or experience (Professional/Amateur).|
|How long?||For each theme, there will be 2 months submission period. Once every month, a theme will be announced and the submissions will open.|
|Entry||Fee 2000JPY per each entry|
|Upload Regulations||・All submissions need to be still photographs, no moving images will be accepted. All sorts of post-production process are allowed.
・DVD/Blue-Ray submissions will be rejected.
・If the submitted work is deemed non-photographic, it may not be judged.
・The submission of 1 ~ 5 images of 10MB each are possible for 1 entry.
・Any work that violates the rights of a third party (copyright, trademark right, portrait rights) cannot be submitted. If the work includes anything created by a third party (art work, films, photographs, music…etc.) and if it may concern any other rights, there is a need for you to have gotten permission from all party involved before you enter.
In IMA next, one theme will be announced each month. Each theme will then be judged by a professional in the creative industry. 1～5 entries are allowed for each theme.
Accepting entries Until March 31st
As can be seen from cave paintings created around 10,000 years ago, humans have coexisted with other creatures as one species among many and evolved alongside them in the history of the earth. Fascinated by their vivid colors, mysterious appearances, as well as their behavior and intelligence which go beyond our own imagination, human beings have captured their interpretations of various animals in paintings, sculptures, and photographs, which have been passed down to us in modern times. How do we take photos of animals that are shrouded in mystery despite their proximity to humans, of unknown creatures that remain undiscovered, and of creatures born from our imagination and transmitted as myths? What exactly is an animal, in our imagination and in reality? We look forward to images that seek to respond to this question.
Accepting entries Until March 03th
Love is the driving force of creation. Not only is this true when there is a sufficient amount of love, longing for love and experiencing love lost also evoke various emotions that become the source for people's expressions. What connects all of these forms of expression is the fundamental question of what love is. In addition, the form of media called photography has continued to inspire many viewers by capturing the ephemeral nature of the present, which is always changing. In Japan, sharing private incidents and their reality with others has been a proposition of photography, as there was a genre called private photography. In addition to straight photographs for which family members, lovers, and friends are the subject, photographs that humorously capture love can also be expected.
The artist’s challenge to go overseas through presenting own works via social media.
I make works steadily in Tokyo, and it leads me to the broader world.