Canon New Cosmos of Photography Contest 2016

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The New Cosmos of Photography is Canon’s cultural support project to discover, nurture, and support new photographers who pursue new possibilities in creative photographic expression. The annual contest, launched in 1991, has been open to the public regardless of the age or nationality of the contestant or the number or format of entered works. As such, the contest encourages the creation of original works that push the boundaries of photography’s potential and systematically assists and nurtures award winners through exhibitions and published collections of their winning works as well as through publicity on the New Cosmos of Photography website.

With the support and cooperation of renowned photographers, artists, curators, and photo and art critics from Japan and elsewhere who have endorsed the contest’s objectives and have been involved in judging the contest, the New Cosmos of Photography has turned out a great number of outstanding photographers who are enjoying widespread success around the world. As a result, the contest has come to be regarded today as a gateway to success for new photographers.

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 / movies. And with the spread of the Internet, smartphones, social media, and other recent innovations, it’s 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 to allow entries of video / movies works, which are a natural extension of still images. Also starting this year, we will accept digital entries (still images and video / movies) online.

Still images and videos / movies have a seamless relationship. We are hoping that, by expanding the definition of eligible entries, new, never-seen-before creative expressions will again be produced that push beyond today’s photography concepts and categories. We also want to offer even more encouragement to the creation of works by new photographers who are applying new techniques and ingenuity to give us a glimpse of the next frontier.

It is our sincere hope the New Cosmos of Photography will continue to be the place where people pursuing the possibilities of photographic expression can take their first big step.

Entry eligibility
  • 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.


Free to Enter

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.

Entry Application Period:
Wednesday, April 20, 2016 – Wednesday, June 8, 2016
Applications will be accepted until 23:59 on the final day.

Submission Period for Entries:
Submitting a physical entry by postal mail or courier
Wednesday, April 20, 2016 – Wednesday, June 15, 2016
Submissions postmarked or given to a courier on or before the final day will be accepted.

Submitting a digital entry online
Wednesday, April 20, 2016 – Wednesday, June 15, 2016
Applications will be accepted until 23:59 on the final day.


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