TOKYO, February 3, 2021—Canon Inc. announced today that the company will begin accepting entries for its New Cosmos of Photography 2021 (44th edition) photo competition on March 17. Having reached the milestone of its three-decade anniversary, the competition will be held for the 44th and final time this year.
Judges review entries
(The Excellence Awards selection process from the 2020 competition)
The seven Excellence Award winners from the 2020 competition
*Sergei P. Bakanov not present
Entries for New Cosmos of Photography 2021 will be accepted between March 17 and May 31, 2021, while the Excellence Award Selection Committee is to meet in June to choose seven Excellence Award winners and fourteen Honorable Mention Award winners. Later, in November, the Grand Prize selection committee is scheduled to meet to select one Grand Prize winner from among the seven Excellence Award-winning entries.
The Grand Prize winner of this year's competition will receive not only JPY 1 million in prize money and a Canon product, but as an added bonus will be granted the right to hold a solo exhibit during the following year. Additionally, to support the continued pursuit of their creative activities, 2021 Excellence Award and Honorable Mention Award winners will each receive prize money and the right to display their works at an exhibition of winning entries to be held in 2022.
This year, the New Cosmos of Photography competition will come to a close. Over its long and rich history as a "project to discover, nurture and support new photographers who pursue new possibilities in creative photographic expression," the competition has come to be known and celebrated in Japan and abroad, with last year's competition receiving a record amount of applications. Society has changed greatly since the competition first began three decades ago—such technological revolutions as the internet and social media now provide individuals with the ability to share information as well as create and express themselves freely on a global scale.
As society enters this new age, Canon has decided this 30-year milestone is a suitable time to conclude this competition. Once plans for the New Cosmos of Photography from 2022 have been decided, they will be announced on the New Cosmos of Photography website.
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. Launched in 1991, this year marks the 30th iteration of the annual contest. What's more, promoting the competition as a global photo contest that elevates photographers and videographers playing an active role in the current art scene, this year's seven judges will include Japanese art critic Noi Sawaragi and Japanese photography critic Minoru Shimizu.
The New Cosmos of Photography encourages the creation of original works that advance the art of photography by pushing the boundaries of its potential, and systematically assists and nurtures award winners. To date, the New Cosmos of Photography contest has accepted 33,359 entries from both individuals and groups, and 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.
For additional information about this year's New Cosmos of Photography competition, visit the New Cosmos of Photography homepage at: https://global.canon/en/newcosmos
Entering the Contest is free. Please note, however, that the applicant (individual or group) is responsible for all costs related to the submission and return of their entry if submitted by postal mail or courier.
Before submitting works, entrants must complete the application on the New Cosmos of Photography website.
Entry application and submission period
Wednesday, March 17, 2021 (10:00 JST) – Monday, May 31, 2021 (23:59 JST)
*Online submissions (still images / videos) will be accepted until 11:59 p.m. (JST), May 31, 2021. Submissions by post or courier must arrive no later than 5 p.m. (JST), May 31, 2021.
New Cosmos of Photography Entries Application Center
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Noi Sawaragi (art critic), Minoru Shimizu (photo critic) and five others.
For more information on judges, please see the New Cosmos of Photography website (https://global.canon/en/newcosmos)
The Excellence Award Selection Committee is to meet in June to choose seven Excellence Award winners and fourteen Honorable Mention Award winners. Later, in November, the Grand Prize selection committee is scheduled to meet to select one Grand Prize winner from among the seven Excellence Award-winning entries.
After the judging process, the Secretariat will contact the winners directly by the end of July 2021. The winners will be announced on the New Cosmos of Photography website (global.canon/en/newcosmos/) by the beginning of August 2021. Please note that we do not accept enquiries about the competition results.
Grand Prize winner Seiya Higuchi, "some things do not flow in the water"
Grand Prize winner Seiya Higuchi