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THEME #17Winners2020NOV

LIFE

GRAND PRIX

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THEME SUMMARY

(c)harumichi saito

Life, a word of countless meanings. Every existence with a soul that surrounds us or the mundane days we go through as we live. Photography that captures a single instant sometimes grants it an undying life. The passing days are thus, caught as an image, remind us of a forgotten memory or even, trap the moment of the ephemeral life. Full of hope, it encases the sincerest form of beauty. Reflect once again, on what this word represents, and challenge yourself to express your own interpretation of “life”.
[Submission Period] from November 9 to February 1

JUDGE

Amanda Maddox
(associate curator at the J. Paul Getty Museum)

Amanda Maddox is associate curator in the Department of Photographs at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles. Since 2011, she has organized or co-organized numerous exhibitions at the Getty, including Dora Maar (2021); Gordon Parks: The Flávio Story (2019); Now Then: Chris Killip and the Making of In Flagrante (2017); Ishiuchi Miyako: Postwar Shadows (2015); and Japan’s Modern Divide: The Photographs of Hiroshi Hamaya and Kansuke Yamamoto (2013).


NOTE

The applicant must be older than 16 years old. If you are underthe age of 18, please apply after obtaining the consent of your parent or guardian. In addition, payment must be made by credit card of the applicant or a parent or guardian.

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PRIZE

Grand Prix

100,000 JPY Cash Prize

– Portfolio Review by either IMA or the jury
(Please check each theme page for more details)
– Exposure on IMA ONLINE and IMA official social media

Shortlist

– Exposure on IMA ONLINE and IMA official social media
– Portfolio Review by IMA

All Contestant

– Exclusive live streaming by IMA editors or judges

Others

The content of the prize may vary depending on the theme. Please check the page of each theme for details.

GUIDELINES

IMA next is a photo competition that aims to support emerging photographers to succeed in the art photography world.

How to apply

– 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 photographs can be uploaded for each entry, however in that case, all your photographs in the entry will be judged as 1 series. If you would like to submit multiple series, please make another entry. There is no limit to the number of entries per theme.
– Please read the Terms of Use before applying. By submitting your application, we will assume that you agree to the Terms of Use.

Who can apply?

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).

Submission period

For each theme, there will be about 2 months submission period.
Once every month, a theme will be announced and the submissions will open.

Application fee

2,000JPY per entry.
We only accept credit cards (Visa, Mastercard, American Express).

Image requirements

– All submissions need to be still photographs, no moving images will be accepted. All sorts of post-production processes 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.

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2021AUG

WOMAN

JUDGE: Mika Ninagawa

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THEME #25

2021JUL

STORY

JUDGE: Tomoko Yoneda

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THEME #24

2021JUN

MEMORIES

JUDGE: Tim Barber

Winner decided

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THEME #23

2021MAY

CHANGE

JUDGE: Hellen van Meene

Winner decided

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THEME #22

2021APR

PLEASURE

JUDGE: Stefano Stoll

Winner decided

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THEME #21

2021MAR

COVID

JUDGE: Martin Parr

Winner decided

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THEME #20

2021FEB

RELATIONSHIP

JUDGE: Lin Zhipeng

Winner decided

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THEME #19

2021JAN

COLOR

JUDGE: Viviane Sassen

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THEME #18

2020DEC

DREAM

JUDGE: Alec Soth

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THEME #16

2020OCT

STREET

JUDGE: Daido Moriyama

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THEME #15

2020SEP

FLOWER

JUDGE: Yoshiyuki Okuyama

Winner decided

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THEME #14

2020AUG

Co-exist

JUDGE: Jeong Eun Kim

Winner decided

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THEME #13

2020JUL

LANDSCAPE

JUDGE: Todd Hido

Winner decided

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THEME #12

2020JUN

FUTURE

JUDGE: Sputniko!

Winner decided

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THEME #11

2020APR

LIGHT

JUDGE: Kenshu Shintsubo

Winner decided

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THEME #10

2020MAR

MUSIC

JUDGE: Kei Wakabayashi

Winner decided

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THEME #09

2020FEB

ANIMAL

JUDGE: Chantal Rens

Winner decided

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THEME #08

2020JAN

LOVE

JUDGE: Chad Moore

Winner decided

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THEME #07

2019DEC

CITY

JUDGE: Takashi Homma

Winner decided

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THEME #06

2019NOV

Black&White

JUDGE: Takayuki Ishii

Winner decided

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THEME #05

2019OCT

TRAVEL

JUDGE: Yoshitomo Nara

Winner decided

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THEME #04

2019SEP

PORTRAIT

JUDGE: Yoshihisa Tanaka

Winner decided

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THEME #03

2019AUG

NOW

JUDGE: Lesley A. Martin

Winner decided

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THEME #02

2019JUL

STILL LIFE

JUDGE: Bruno Ceschel

Winner decided

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THEME #01

2019JUN

VOICE OF NATURE

JUDGE: Risaku Suzuki

Winner decided

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