The word “WOMAN” does not just imply the female sex but also represents femininity and other various essence related to womanhood. Our jury for this contest, Mika Ninagawa, has always consciously captured the female energy, beauty and charm, along with their mysterious glamour through photography. Her exceptional use of flowers, goldfish or self portraits, some of the most famous subjects in her works, illustrated with the alluring yet lurid colour palette, is a timeless enchantment to many. Through the boundless possibility of what “WOMAN” can portray, show us your take on womanhood.
[Submission Period] from August 16 to October 17
Awarded numerous prizes including the Kimura Ihei Photography Award. Aside from her photography works, she has also directed multiple films such as Sakuran (2007), Helter Skelter (2012), Diner and Ningen shikkaku: Dazai Osamu to 3-nin no onnatachi (both 2019). Her Netflix original series FOLLOWERS is now available in 190 countries worldwide. As such, she has created many video works. In 2008, her solo exhibition “Mika Ninagawa – Earthly Flowers, Heavenly Colors” toured around museums throughout Japan and welcomed over 18 thousand visitors. She has also organized many major exhibitions internationally, especially in Asia, including Shanghai and Taiwan’s MOCA Taipei. Her shows often take in record-breaking numbers of audience and are very popular in all parts of the world. Since 2018, starting from Contemporary Art Museum Kumamoto, her solo-exhibition “Mika Ninagawa -INTO FICTION/REALITY-” has been touring around the country. In 2020, her newest book, TOKYO was released.
|Grand Prix||100,000 JPY Cash Prize
(A selection of opportunities 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|