Hariban Award 2019

A rare chance to collaborate with Kyoto’s master artisans.


Presented by the Benrido Collotype Atelier, the HARIBAN AWARD, now in its fifth year, combines a 150-year-old analogue technique with the new vision of digital-age photography. Professionals and amateurs alike are invited to submit black and white photographs for a chance to win this remarkable award. The winner will receive a trip to the ancient city of Kyoto to participate in the production of collotype prints and will be exhibited in a solo exhibition the following spring.

The competition is open to all photographers working in black and white ONLY.

Submission Period
Submissions will be accepted beginning on April 12th, 2019. The deadline is June 30th, 2019 at 11:59 p.m., Japan Standard Time (UTC +9).

Entry Fee
The fee to enter is 5000 yen (approximately $46 USD). The fee must be paid online at the time of submission.

Submission Specifications
Each artist will submit 12 black and white photographs. Images must be submitted digitally. All submissions must adhere to the following specifications:

File format: JPEG
Resolution: 72 ppi/dpi
Longest dimension: 1500 pixels
Colour space: grayscale or RGB
Black and White submissions ONLY

udging & Awards
Submissions will be judged by a panel of four jurors in two rounds. The recipient of the Grand Prize will travel to Kyoto for two weeks to collaborate with the Benrido printers in producing a portfolio of 8 collotypes, which will be exhibited as a solo show the following Spring. In addition to the grand prize, the jury will award four individuals with the Juror’s Choice Award as well as honourable mentions. The recipients of the Juror’s Choice Award and Honourable Mentions will be published in the annual competition catalogue and will receive copies of the publication.

Travel & Exhibition Dates
The recipient of the Grand Prize will travel to Kyoto for two weeks between mid-September and early October 2019. The collotype prints will be exhibited in a solo-show the following Spring from April to May 2020.


Travel to Kyoto
The imperial capital of Japan for more than a thousand years, today the city of Kyoto is the last bastion of many traditional arts and artisan crafts, such as weaving, silk dying, brewing, pottery, calligraphy, and printmaking. In September 2019, the winner of the HARIBAN AWARD will travel to this major cultural heritage site. Flights and accommodation expenses will be paid.

Benrido Experience & Collotype Printing
While in Kyoto, the award recipient will collaborate with master printers of the Benrido Collotype Atelier. Working closely with printers of superlative technical expertise, the artist will enjoy a rare opportunity to participate personally in the complex process of collotype printing.

Collotype Portfolio & Competition Catalogue
In collaboration with the Benrido printers, the selected artist will produce a portfolio of eight museum-quality collotype prints of their winning photographs. All finalists will receive a printed catalogue with accompanying text by the competition’s esteemed jurors.

Solo Exhibition 2020
The artist’s collotype prints will be exhibited in a solo exhibition of their works the following spring, April 2020.


All Black and White Photographers

Copyrights & Usage Rights:

The Benrido Collotype Atelier will make reasonable efforts to protect your submissions. We are not, however, liable for damage, loss or replacement. All entrants agree that any image they submit to the HARIBAN AWARD competition may be used for marketing and promotional purposes directly related to HARIBAN AWARD and Benrido programming. This use may include, but is not limited to, publication in printed materials, advertisements, electronic media, websites, social media outlets, or magazines. If selected, entrants agree to grant Benrido permission to publish their image in an exhibition catalogue. All images used by Hariban and Benrido will carry a credit line of the artist. Copyright and all other rights remain that of the artist.


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