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 July 31st
Additional (C)Miko Okada
How should we portray the future in today’s world where reality could surpass the world of science fiction? We can probably imagine the future a little in advance or hundreds of years in advance as well as focus on the things that govern the future. Or we can consider the future by returning to the past. A variety of perspectives will be born from freely generating ideas about the future. The moment captured in a photograph sometimes has the power to bring out a new image of the future in the viewer. That could be an extended moment of daily life or something completely different from reality. Spread out the wings of your imagination and paint a future that conceals limitless possibilities.
Accepting entries Until June 10th
© Kenshu Shintsubo
The word "photograph" is composed of the word for "light" and the word for a "drawn object." Try to capture a new face of this world, such as a scene before your eyes or an abstract sensation or image that you wish to convey through photography, by focusing on the light. In the process, you may find that you have captured something that you had never intended to or something that unexpectedly encapsulates your perceptual or emotional experience as you were taking the photographs. In that regard, try to consider the approach you have taken from the perspective of the techniques and materials used as well as the ideas and connections that were brought into play through these elements.
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.