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.
[Submission Period] from September 5 to November 9
奥山由之 Yoshiyuki Okuyama
Photographer and cinematographer
Born in Tokyo in 1991. Recipient of the Award of Excellence for “Girl” at Canon’s 34th New Cosmos of Photography competition in 2011.
Recipient of the 47th Kodansha Publishing Culture Award for Photography with “BACON ICE CREAM” in 2016.
Major photo collections include “As the Call, So the Echo,” “The Good Side,” “Kimi No Sumu Machi” (“The Town you Live In), “PACARI SWEAT,” and “Los Angeles / San Francisco.”
Main exhibitions include “BACON ICE CREAM” at PARCO MUSEUM (2016), “Kimi No Sumu Machi” at Omotesando Hills Space O (2017), “As the Call, So the Echo” at Gallery 916 (2017), and “Shiroi Hikari” (“White Light”) at Canon Gallery S (2019).
100,000 JPY Cash Prize
・Portfolio Review by either IMA or the jury
・Exposure on IMA ONLINE and IMA official social media
・Special access to a limited interview video by the jury