2023 Japan Photo Contest - IS NOW CLOSED


With the goal of fostering interest in Japanese culture and to further promote understanding between Japan and Canada, The Consulate-General of Japan in Calgary is pleased to present its 9th Japan Photo Contest. This contest is open to all who reside in our jurisdiction which includes AB, MB, SK, NT & NU.

Submit photos for a chance to win attractive prizes (Please refer to Sponsors & Prizes for more details), receive a certificate from the Consul-General, and have your photo featured online and in future events and promotions. Thank you to our generous sponsors Nikon Canada Inc., The Camera Store, Japanab, Pablo, Japan Airlines, UNIQLO, Strawberry Boots, Amandine Bakery and Matsu Kaze for providing this year's contest with wonderful prizes!
The 2023 Japan Photo Contest has 4 categories. Each person can submit up to a maximum of 4 photographs (one per category). Photos taken in Japan or Canada (with a Japan-related theme/subject) are welcome!

Keep in mind one of the purposes of the Contest is to promote awareness of various aspects of Japan's culture, while continuing to foster the positive relationship between Japan & Canada. This year the categories are as follows:
  1. Nature
  2. Architecture
  3. Japanese Culture and Lifestyle (People, Traditional, Food, Festivals, etc)
  4. Night Photography (Nightscapes and images of nature, architecture and lifestyle captured at night, between dusk and dawn)

Sponsors & Prizes

Nikon Canada
Grand Prize

Z 5 Mirrorless Camera + Lens Kit
The Camera Store
Photography Accessory
Prize Packages

MindShift Rotation180° Travel Away Backpack
+ $50 Giftcard to The Camera Store
ThinkTank Retrospective 20 Shoulder Bag
+ $100 Giftcard to The Camera Store
Velbon Pole Pod II
+ $50 Giftcard to The Camera Store
Book by Kevin Kent: The Knifenerd Guide to Japanese Knives
+ $50 Giftcard to The Camera Store
Japanab Prize
$100 Visa Gift Card
Grand prize: Box of 12 tarts, Premium tart and VIP Card
Consul-General's award: Box of 12 tarts and VIP Card
4 Category Winners: Box of 6 tarts and 2 drinks each
Japan Airlines (JAL)
JAL Logo Blanket
Small pouch/bag for each winner
$25 each
Strawberry Boots
Japanese Lifestyle Goods

$25 Gift Certificate
Amandine Bakery
$25 Gift Certificate
Matsu Kaze Tea
1 bag of Japanese tea with 1 kyusu teapot
+ 2 yunomi cups
$100 value total

Submission Instructions

Deadline for submission of entries is October 1st, 2023. To reference last year's winning photos click here

    Fill out, upload your photos and submit the online (Google) submission form
    Each photo must be between 1MB and 8MB in size
    Images should have the minimum dimensions of 1800 x 2700 pixels, or may be subject to being disqualified
For more information please email submissions@cl.mofa.go.jp. We look forward to receiving your submissions.

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