2023 Japan Photo Contest Announcement of Winners


The Consulate-General of Japan in Calgary would like to sincerely thank everyone that made submissions to the 2023 Japan Photo Contest. This was the 9th year our office organized the contest. The Contest received 413 outstanding photo entries from people in Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Northwest Territories across our jurisdiction.

The judging process was completed by a panel of judges which included Consul-General Watabe, Deputy Consul-General Nakagaki and representatives from two of our sponsors, Nikon Canada and The Camera Store, as well as an executive member of Calgary Japanese Community Association (CJCA). Determining the winners was enjoyable but challenging due to the many unique photos taken in both Canada and Japan.

We would like to sincerely thank our usual sponsors, Nikon Canada Inc., The Camera Store, Japanab Magazine, Japan Airlines, Pablo Cheese Tart, Amandine Bakery, Strawberry Boots, as well as the new sponsors Uniqlo and Matsu kaze Tea for their generosity in providing contest prizes and advertising support resulting in a successful contest. See the winning images below.


Grand Prize Winner
"Respect" in Nara City
Photo by Chris Lyons

Consul-General’s Prize Winner
"Hard Working Lavender Harvester" in Furano City
Photo by Kwun Fai Lai

Nature Winner
"Towering Bamboo" in Arashiyama, Kyoto City
Photo by Scott Dimond

Architecture Winner
"Ukimido Pavilion" in Otsu, Shiga Prefecture
Photo by Joana Lazatin

Japanese Culture and Lifestyle Winner
Northern Culture Museum in Niigata City
Photo by Jiwon Park

Night Photography
"Tokyo Skytree Reflection"
Photo by Aaron Johnson