Canon Contests

Canon: New Cosmos of Photography 2019 Photo Contest for Everyone: Submit Online Still Images / Videos Until 11:59 p.m. (JST), June 12; Submissions by Post or Courier Must Arrive Before 5 p.m. (JST), June 12, 2019

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What can we do through photography? What is possible photography?

The New Cosmos of Photography is Canon’s cultural support project to discover, nurture, and support new photographers pursuing new possibilities in creative photographic expression….the contest encourages the creative activities that push the boundaries of photography’s potential…

The New Cosmos of Photography strives to cross the borderline between still images and videos and broaden the possibilities of creative photographic expression. We are hoping for the expansion of what can be done with photography and the emergence of novel, never-seen-before creative expressions that transcend past photography concepts and categories.

To realize this hope, we will be enlarging our assistance to uncover and provide an international stage to courageous creators around the world seeking out new challenges that give a glimpse of the next age in photography.

Our greatest wish is that the New Cosmos of Photography will continue to be the place where people attempting to redefine the boundaries of creative photographic expression can take their first big step.

Photography has been around for more than 170 years. Over this period, advances in technology have expanded the domain of cameras from film to digital, from still images to videos.
And with the spread of the Internet, smartphones, social media, and other recent innovations, it is easy for anyone today to take photos and enjoy communicating through photography.

Given the changed landscape around photography, we decided to take advantage of the New Cosmos of Photography’s 25th anniversary and accept both printed works by postal mail or courier and digital works (still images and videos) through online submission.

The New Cosmos of Photography support photographers’ attempts to create still images or videos/movies or a fusion of the two, that go beyond previous photographic concepts and genres. We regard still images and videos/movies to be continuous and consecutive. We are hoping for brand-new video works that no one has ever seen before.

Therefore, we encourage entries of works that provide a glimpse of tomorrow’s photography and open up new scenes for photography and art.

New Cosmos of Photography


New Cosmos of Photography has always aimed to be a free and unfettered contest without restrictions in order to seek new possibilities in photographic expression.

  • There are no restrictions on nationality, age, gender, or experience (both professional and amateur photographers may enter).
  • Both individuals and groups may enter the Contest. Entry by groups, however, is restricted to groups that plan to continue activities as a group in the future.
  • Persons under the age of 16 cannot enter the Contest without the consent of a parent or guardian. It is assumed that, by entering the Contest, the person under the age of 16 has obtained the consent of a parent or guardian.
  • Canon Group employees and their immediate family members are not eligible to enter.

One Grand Prize / Seven Excellence Awards / 14 Honorable Mention Awards
Grand Prize winner

  • Prize money totaling JPY 1 million (which includes the JPY 200,000 prize money for the Excellence Award). At the current excange rate: JPY 1 million is USD 9,095; JPY 200,000 is USD 1,819
  • Gift of a “Canon products”
  • Permitted to hold a solo exhibition at the New Cosmos of Photography Exhibition 2019

Excellence Award winners

  • Prize money totaling JPY 200,000 (USD 1,819 at the current exchange rate)
  • Works exhibited at the New Cosmos of Photography Exhibition 2019
  • Invited to the Public Grand Prize selection committee meeting
  • Works showcased on the New Cosmos of Photography website
  • Works published in the next issue of the New Cosmos of Photography Magazine

Honorable Mention Award winners

  • Prize money totaling JPY 30,000 (USD 272.85 at the current exchange rate)
  • Works exhibited at the New Cosmos of Photography Exhibition 2019
  • Works showcased on the New Cosmos of Photography website
  • Works published in the next issue of the New Cosmos of Photography Magazine

Prize money and other gifts will be given after the Grand Prize winner has been selected by the selection committee.


An entry application must be made on the Web Application System prior to entering a work in the Contest.

  • Online submissions (still images / videos) will be accepted until 11:59 p.m. (JST), June 12, 2019.
  • Submissions by post or courier must arrive no later than 5 p.m. (JST), June 12, 2019.

New Cosmos of Photography Entries Application Center
c/o Nippon Express Co., Ltd.
Keihin Truck Terminal 14-A Bldg 1F
2-1-1 Heiwajima, Ota-ku, Tokyo 143-0006
TEL : +81-3- 3767-0921

  • Each Applicant (individual or group) may enter only one work. The same person may not enter simultaneously as an individual and a group.

We only accept works that have not won a prize before, and we cannot accept works that have been submitted to contests that are still being judged. Moreover, we do not accept entries that include rearrangements or re-combinations of prize-winning works.

You may submit a work that has been uploaded to a website or on social media, provided that you hold the whole copyright to the work. You may also submit a work that has been awarded at a school’s graduation exhibition. Furthermore, you may submit a work published in a publication provided that you hold the whole copyright to the work and that the work has not won a prize before.

  • Videos can be any length, provided that the file size does not exceed 1,000MB(1GB).
  • You can enter a work taken with a smartphone or video camera.
  • You can enter the digital data of a scanned print or film.

“Please submit your digital work in what you feel is the most appropriate resolution, while keeping in mind the data limit on uploads to the Web Application System. We do not accept submissions of videos on DVD, Blu-ray, or other physical media.

… we cannot accept 3D videos.
We ask that you submit objects of a size that can be sent and delivered by regular postal mail or courier. Please note that we not able to assemble entries or provide electrical power to entries.”

  • There is no restriction on the number of elements or items that make up a photographic work.
  • There are restrictions, however, on the file size and format of digital entries (still images and videos / movies) submitted online.
  • If you wish the final form of your work (for exhibition) to be prints, panels, or in book form, it is best to send your work in its completed form by postal mail or courier.
  • We do not accept submissions of works on DVD, Blu-ray, or other media.
  • Works that are not recognized as photographic expression may not be accepted.
  • For the Entry application procedure, please visit


“Note that the winning works will be displayed at the Awards exhibition and published on the New Cosmos of Photography website.”

  • If you submit your entry in digital form, the data you send will be judged as the work in its final form.

“Digital works will be judged while also looking at the description of the work entered by the contestant and any other submitted materials (i.e., exhibition plan, video thumbnails, etc.)

  • Award selections are made by the Excellence Awards selection committee in July. Note that Canon conducts a preliminary screening before the Excellence Awards selection committee meets.
  • Each of the 7 judges on the Excellence Awards selection committee will choose 1 (individual or group) Excellence Award winner and 1 or 2 (individual or group) Honorable Mention Award winners. As a result, it is possible that the same person or group will be selected by multiple judges for an Excellence Award or Honorable Mention Award.
  • Digital works (still images and videos) will be judged using iPads and computers.
  • The seven judges on the Grand Prize selection committee will have a public meeting at the Tokyo Photographic Art Museum in the autumn of 2019 and together choose one Excellence Award winner as the Grand Prize winner.

For all inquiries about entries, including the Web Application System or how to enter the contest

New Cosmos of Photography Entry Application Center
Public limited company Broadcasting Movies Production Co., Ltd.
4F Mitsuyoshi Bldg. 3-5-13 Nihonbashi, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 103-0027
TEL : +81-3-5202-4732 (weekdays, 10:00 – 17:00) (Japan time zone)
Email :

The Entry Application Center will respond by email within 48 hours (excluding holidays) to inquiries or requests made by email. If you do not receive a reply after 48 hours, please contact the Entry Application Center by phone, as your email may have been misdirected.


For general inquiries

New Cosmos of Photography Secretariat
Canon Inc.
30-2, Shimomaruko 3-chome, Ohta-ku, Tokyo 146-8501
TEL: +81-3-5482-3904 (weekdays, 10:00 – 17:00) (Japan time zone)
Email :

For other important info, please visit

Good Luck!


April 17, 2019

Canon starts accepting entry applications for the New Cosmos of Photography 2019

Canon announced today that it is now accepting entry applications for the New Cosmos of Photography 2019 photo contest.

Entries for this year’s contest will be accepted from Wednesday, April 17 until Wednesday, June 12 (23:59 JST on the final day), with applications accepted using the Web Application Entry system.

Canon is hoping to receive photographic works that are original, creative, and go beyond conventional approaches, and are created by new photographers.

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