IMAnext

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PHOTO : Koichiro Takesue

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“PORTRAIT”Currently accepting entries! (until October 31st)

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)
・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

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 entriesUntil November 30st

2019OCT

THEME #05

TRAVEL

Traveling is an opportunity to put yourself outside of the daily life. On the road, there are unknown worlds and places that can inspire your adventurous spirit and satisfy your curiosity. At the same time, it is also a place that can offer a tranquil time for introspection. On you trip, many appealing photography subjects are awaiting you. Nature, animals, people, lifestyles, festivals, culture, food, accidents...Trips are full of various encounters. Now, what was it on your trip that you discovered and moved you, making you want to snap a picture? We are looking forward to photos that go beyond existing concepts and are captured with a free spirit.

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Accepting entriesUntil October 31st

2019SEP

THEME #04

PORTRAIT

Since the beginning of photography, portraits have been one of the most important genres in photography. The word, portrait, often alludes to human portraits. However, in the recent years, that may not be the case anymore. Maybe, they don’t need to be human figures. In this competition, we want to reevaluate what portraits can be. Free yourself from the conventional ideas of portraiture and explore this genre as it feels right for you. And of course, it may still be the standard human portraits as well!

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THEME #03

2019AUG

NOW

Now judging

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THEME #02

2019JUL

STILL LIFE

Winner decided

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THEME #01

2019JUN

VOICE OF NATURE

Winner decided

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