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 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 December 15th
©︎ Daido Moriyama Photo Foundation
Courtesy of Akio Nagasawa Gallery
A place where people cross each other, a place full of encounters. The energy emitted by streets are chaotic yet evolves each day as if to materialize our human ambitions. On one hand, the cluttered paths that were once filling every corner of the cities have gradully disappeared due to the recent urban developments, on the other, we have reached the time where we can access any location in the world through Google Street. Studying the rapidly changing streets closely along with its past, present and future, we look forward to seeing your work challenging the idea od street snaps and revolutionarizing our preconceptions of street photography.
Accepting entries Until November 05th
From ancient times, flowers have coexisted with humans, soothing people's souls with their beauty while also serving as foods, poisons, and medicines. Flowers have further come to be seen as symbols of life, spreading their roots down into the earth in their multitude of colors and forms, each expressing its own unique qualities. When the time comes, their sprouts born freely in nature and their buds raised carefully in the city will bloom to bring forth new seeds. Many artists have sought to convey their lovely forms in works depicting vibrant bouquets and supple flowers. Photographs, which can capture in a single shot the fleeting beauty of flowers that bloom but for a moment, are one such endeavor. Please try to express the countless beauties of flowers through images.
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.