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THEME #10Winners2020MAR

MUSIC

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THEME SUMMARY

cp-0925, from a series Fictum, 2015 © Takashi Suzuki

Music is invisible to our eyes, but is it possible to visualize music through photos? The question of how to render the invisible visible is one of the preoccupations of photography. Music, which is an indispensable part of everyday life, is also an "invisible entity." Rhythm, melody, lyrics, groove, and other vibrant elements that constitute music evoke a variety of visuals and have continued to stimulate our sensibilities. The inter-relations between the abstract nature of music and photography have been explored in places such as the album covers of CDs and recordings. In the modern era, what kinds of photographs can we take to "capture music"? Perhaps cameras are not even necessary to capture the essence of music. Please explore the possibilities of different forms of expressions that are intimately related, such as audio and video as well as those associated with the auditory and visual.

[Submission Period] from March 11 to May 11

JUDGE

Kei Wakabayashi
(Content Director of blkswn publishers)

Born in 1971, Kei Wakabayashi spent his childhood in London and New York. After graduating from the Department of French Literature at Waseda University, he joined Heibonsha and was assigned to the editorial board of the magazine “Taiyo.” In 2000, he became a freelance editor and edited numerous publications from magazines, books, to exhibition catalogs. He was also an active music journalist. He was appointed Editor-in-Chief of Wired Japan in 2012 and left the publication in 2017. In 2018, he founded blkswn publishers. He was the author of “Sayonara Mirai (Goodbye Future)” and the editor of “Jisedai Ginko wa Sekai wo Kou Kaeru (How Next-Generation Banks will Change the World)” and “Jisedai Gabamento: Chiisakute Okii Seifu no Tsukurikata (Next-Generation Government: How to Create a Government that is Both Large and Small).”


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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