Tokyo International Photography Competition 2016

The theme of the Competition is: “Origin”.


At a time of increased uncertainty and tension on both the interpersonal and global stages, photography’s role in helping us negotiate our daily existence has never been stronger. Photographers and visual artists are invited to submit photographic images reflecting, questioning, and expanding on the notion of “Origin”.

The theme of the fourth edition of the Tokyo International Photography Competition is: “Origin”.

About the competition

There are numerous competitions whose aim is to discover new photographic talent from around the globe, but many of these opportunities are often beyond the reach of those who do not speak a certain language or have a deep understanding of a particular culture. This has often been the case for Japanese photographers trying to enter foreign markets and for foreigners wanting to present and exhibit their work in Japan.

Since its inception, the goal of the Tokyo International Photography Competition (TIPC) has been to create a series of cultural and geographical bridges between some the world’s largest photographic communities. And over these past 3 years, we have seen our dream take shape, connections flourish, new initiatives born, and we are truly excited by all that lies ahead.

The launch of TIPC in 2013 was the first chapter of a long journey that lead to the inauguration of the annual Tokyo International Photography Festival in 2015, presented by the Tokyo Institute of Photography, in cooperation with United Photo Industries of Brooklyn, NY.

A select group of 10 internationally renowned jurors from around the world will review all the images submitted and nominate 8 talented photographers whose work will be exhibited as part of a traveling exhibition in Tokyo (Japan), before heading out to New York (USA), with additional host cities to be announced shortly!


A group of 8 photographers will be selected by our Jury for a curated traveling exhibition that will be presented at 4 locations:

Singapore International Photography Festival in Singapore
United Photo Industries Gallery – New York
Quito, Ecuador
Tokyo, Japan

In addition to the traveling exhibition, the 8 photographers will also receive:

A special feature in PHaT PHOTO magazine
A special feature in LensCulture

In addition to the group exhibition and special features, one photographer will be chosen by the Jury to receive an all-expenses-paid trip to attend the Opening Party of the exhibition in Tokyo, Japan.


The Tokyo International Photography Competition is open to photographers worldwide, over the age of 18.

Copyrights & Usage Rights:

Copyright over all submissions remains the property of their respective entrants.

Submitted images may be used by United Photo Industries, and the Tokyo Institute of Photography for publication on the web, and in exhibitions and promotions directly related to the “Tokyo International Photography Competition” Photo Contest.


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