Submission Requirements

Works Photographs asserting that the dignity of human beings and nature are being trampled upon, and photographs advocating the dignity of humans and nature.
Participants Any photographer may apply, regardless of age, occupation, gender or nationality.
Due Date All works must be sent by postal delivery and arrive by January 15, 2013.Please note that all works should be declared as having "no commercial value" if sent from overseas, so as to avoid complications with customs offices.
Send to The 9th DAYS JAPAN International Photojournalism Awards2013
Takeuchi Building 402, 1-37-19 Matsubara, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo 156-0043, Japan
How to apply Please download the application form (in English) from the DAYS JAPAN website, fill it in, and send it to the address above. Only submissions sent by postal delivery will be accepted. Submissions sent electronically will be rejected.
Method of Judging The editorial department of DAYS JAPAN will conduct the first jury. Selected candidates will be eligible for final jury for prizes. Participants of the DAYS JAPAN anniversary event in March 2013 will then select Public Prizes among those works chosen for final jury.
Award Winners Winners will be announced in April 2013, with the works to appear in DAYS JAPAN magazine and on its website. Exhibitions will be held in major cities in Japan to publicly display the awarded works.

First Prize: One (1) person
Trophy and Supplementary Prize (cash prize of 1 million Yen [approx. US$10,000] and a digital camera and lens were awarded in 2012)

Second Prize: Two (2) persons
Trophy and Supplementary Prize (cash prize of 300,000 Yen [approx. US$3,000], digital cameras and lens were awarded in 2012)

Third Prize: Three (3) persons
Trophy and Supplementary Prize (cash prize of 100,000 Yen [approx. US$1,000], compact digital camera were awarded in 2012)

Special Prize by DAYS JAPAN : One(1)person
Trophy and Supplementary Prize (cash prize of 200,000 Yen [approx. US$2,000], compact digital camera were awarded in 2012)

Special Prize by Jury: Nine (9) persons
Trophy and Supplementary Prize (cash prize of 100,000 Yen [approx. US$1,000], digital camera lens, digital picture frames and so on were awarded in 2012)

Public Prize: Four (4) persons
Trophy and Supplementary Prize (cash prize of 100,000 Yen [approx. US$1,000] RAW developing software were awarded in 2012)

Final Selection
Jury Members (in 2012)
Keisuke KUMAKIRI (photographer)
Yoshino OISHI (photojournalist)
Kayoko IKEDA (writer/translator)
Renée C. BYER (photojournalist)
Yoji YAMADA (Film Director)
Tokiko KATO (Singer)
John G. MORRIS (Photo Editor of LIFE, MAGNUM etc.)
Jean-François Leroy (Director and Founder of VISA) and
Ryuichi HIROKAWA (photojournalist/editor in chief, DAYS JAPAN)

Contest Conditions
Application Rules Photographs must have been taken in the two-year period between January 2011 and December 2012. Submitted works may be a single photo, photo essays or portfolios. Please make sure that all works include a short biography (about 100 words) of the photographer and that the application form includes: title of work; captions (maximum 50 words per caption); location; date of shooting; whether the originals were shot on film or taken by digital camera (if taken by digital camera, also include the file size of digital data); along with the photographer's name, address, e-mail address and telephone number.
Please submit the photographs in digital files or prints.
Judging Criteria Works will be judged as a whole set, regardless of submission as a single photo, photo essay or portfolio.
Number of Photos Participants can submit under multiple themes as long as the total number of photos is a maximum 15 per entrant. Entries will automatically be invalidated if the number of photos exceeds 15 per entrant.
Digital Data Requirements No retouching, compositing or other alterations (except for dodging, burning in and cropping) is allowed. File data should be numbered serially. (Numbering of single photographs should be done alphabetically as A, B, C..., etc. Numbering of a series of photographs should be 1-1 as number 1 of series 1, and 1-2 as number 2 of series 1, 2-1 as number 1 of series 2, and 2-2 as number 2 of series 2, etc.). File data should be copied onto one CD-ROM per entrant. Please be sure to write the full name of the applicant on the CD surface.

●File type: JPEG only (Mac users should have the .jpg extension on all data)
●Resolution: 300 dpi (Winners may later be asked to resubmit at 350 dpi)
●Maximum file size: 3,000 pixels x 2,400 pixels, 35 cm. x 22 cm., 3-4 megabytes
●File mode: RGB or grey scale
●Compression level: 8-9
Print Dimensions The minimum print size is 20 cm. x 25 cm. (8 in. x 10 in.) and maximum is 30 cm. x 40 cm. (12 in. x 16 in.). Prints, digital files and duplicated color transparencies will be accepted. Both color and black & white will be accepted. Original color transparencies and negatives are not acceptable. Photographs pasted onto panels will not be accepted.
Authority Works will not be returned. DAYS JAPAN reserves the right to exhibit the winning works at a photo exhibition and in brochures and flyers relating to this award. This condition is also valid to the digital edition, DAYS International.
Application form Please download the application form in English from the DAYS JAPAN website. The form is available in PDF and Word formats. Type the necessary information directly into the form, print it out, sign and date it by hand, then send by postal delivery. For those unable to download the application form, please contact DAYS JAPAN.

*Please note that entries will be invalid: if more than 15 works are submitted, if the application form is incomplete, or if the print size submitted is beyond the 20 cm. x 25 cm. (8 in. x 10 in.) to 30 cm. x 40 cm. (12 in x 16 in.) range limit, thereby not meeting the application requirements.

Presented by   DAYS JAPAN
Sponsored by (in 2012)   Aureo Co., Ltd., Yamada Bee Farm, Nikon Imaging Japan Inc., The Hirokawa No-Nukes/Peace Photography Exhibit Committee, Catalog House Co., Ltd., SIGMA Corporation, Konica Minolta Holdings, Inc., Peace Boat, Canon Marketing Japan Inc., Kaga Hightech Co., Ltd., FUJIFILM Corporation, Super Planning Co., Ltd., Wacom Co.,Ltd. Ichikawa soft laboratory Co., Ltd.
Supported from (in 2012)   Japan Professional Photographers Society, Photographic Society of Japan, The Asahi Shimbun Company, The Yomiuri Shimbun Company, Ken Domon Museum of Photography, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography
In cooperation with (in 2012)   Horiuchi Color Ltd.,
Yamanote Photographic Co., Ltd.,
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