What can we do through photography? What is possible only through 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 annual contest, launched in 1991, has been open to the public regardless of the age or nationality of the contestant or the theme, the number, or format of entered works. As such, the contest encourages the creative activities that push the boundaries of photography’s potential and systematically assists and nurtures award winners by means of exhibitions and published collections of their winning works as well as publicity on the New Cosmos of Photography website.

With the support and cooperation of renowned photographers, videographers, artists, curators, and photo and art critics from Japan and around the world 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 180 years. Over this period, advances in technology have expanded the domain of cameras from film to digital and from still images to videos. 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.


MARCH - MAY Entry application period
Works acceptance period
JUNE Excellent Award Selection Committee
OCTOBER The New Cosmos of Photography Exhibition
NOVEMBER Grand Prize Selection Committee
DECEMBER Report on the Public Grand Prize Selection Committee
JANUARY Winning works will be added to Gallery
MARCH New Cosmos of Photography Magazine will be released