IMAnext

COVID

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Grandé Beach, Mar Del Plata, Argentina, 2014

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LIFE

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PHOTO:Mitsuko TANIGUCHI

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PLEASURE

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©︎Masumi Ishida

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NEWS
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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.

PRIZE

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

GUIDLINES

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.

ENTRY THEME

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 June 02nd

2021APR

THEME #22

PLEASURE

COVID-19 has taken away the little “PLEASURES” in our everyday and we are now forcibly expected to adapt to a new lifestyle. As we are increasingly anxious of how and when this pandemic will end, we are all looking for new kinds of “PLEASURES” that can be experienced amidst these hard times. Due to the lack of physical interactions with each other, this is the time to reassess our reality from a different perspective and let us find new ways to enjoy our lives. It could be something we know from pre-COVID, other “PLEASURES” that we have recently discovered or whatever we are hoping to experience in the near future; Share with us photographs that let us rethink what “PLEASURE” represents.

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Accepting entries Until May 02nd

2021MAR

THEME #21

COVID

COVID-19 suddenly made its appearance at the end of 2019. This unprecedented pandemic spread around the Earth instantaneously and put the world population into a perpetual anxiety. Our lives drastically changed and led by the idea of “New normal”, we were obliged to look for new ways of living. How can this historical social phenomenon be recorded through photography. The unusual cityscape in which our combat against this invisible virus is evident, is almost symbolic of our new lifestyle. Show us the thoughts and the individual accounts of this age with corona that each and every one of us is experiencing through images as we overcome these hard times.

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THEME #20

2021FEB

RELATIONSHIP

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THEME #19

2021JAN

COLOR

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THEME #18

2020DEC

DREAM

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THEME #17

2020NOV

LIFE

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THEME #16

2020OCT

STREET

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THEME #15

2020SEP

FLOWER

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THEME #14

2020AUG

Co-exist

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THEME #13

2020JUL

LANDSCAPE

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THEME #12

2020JUN

FUTURE

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THEME #11

2020APR

LIGHT

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THEME #10

2020MAR

MUSIC

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THEME #09

2020FEB

ANIMAL

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THEME #08

2020JAN

LOVE

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THEME #07

2019DEC

CITY

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THEME #06

2019NOV

Black&White

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THEME #05

2019OCT

TRAVEL

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THEME #04

2019SEP

PORTRAIT

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THEME #03

2019AUG

NOW

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THEME #02

2019JUL

STILL LIFE

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THEME #01

2019JUN

VOICE OF NATURE

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