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)
・Feature on IMA magazine
・Exposure on IMA ONLINE and IMA official social media
|Shortlist||・Exposure on IMA ONLINE and IMA official social media|
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
We only accept credit cards (Visa, Mastercard, American Express).
|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 September 07th
“STORY” is an essential element within contemporary photography. A single image can deliver a story on its own or a series of photographs may weave a different tale. A documentation of the everyday, a tale of adventure, a fantasy of our dreams, an epic myth; our imagination is limitless. Photography captures our immediate surroundings but with varied sequencing and combinations, it has the ability to depict something beyond the realm of our reality. It is thus a powerful tool to deliver a message, feelings or thoughts to others. We look forward to hearing your unique “STORY”, opening up the new possibilities of photography.
Accepting entries Until August 31st
Photography is at once a recording media and a memory-recalling device. Anyone must have experienced that sensation; a strange nostalgia for a scenery of a place you’ve never visited or a sudden flashback. The images sometimes even trigger certain sounds or smells. The other senses react to what we see and stir up different emotions within everyone. It has the ability to capture one moment as a memory to be shared with others. Let us see what you think “MEMORIES” are, through photographs.
VOICE OF NATURE
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.