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Winners Announced | JAPANORAMIC Photo Competition

Thank you for all your wonderful entries for the IJA Photo Competition ‘JAPANORAMIC’. The IJA received 83 beautiful photographs from 42 contestants giving an insight into their best moments during travels in Japan.

We are living in times when overseas travels have been cancelled or limited due to a worldwide pandemic, and we were hoping that this competition will allow people to revisit the places they have been to in the past and share the beauty of their trips also with others.

‘We were delighted to receive a large number of entries (83 in total!) to our JAPANORAMIC photo competition. All entries were of a very high standard, so the judging was indeed a difficult task. Please join us in congratulating the winners and honourable mentions. We thank all entrants again for their participation and enthusiasm!’ – The IJA Judging Panel of the JAPANORAMIC Photo Competition

Our judges were delighted with the number and the quality of photographs, and it has been very difficult to select the top three winning images but without further ado, we are delighted to announce the three winners of our 2020 Photo Competition!

1st place – congratulations go to Alex Sinclair and the winning image:

Osaka (January 2020). Image was shot on black-and-white 35mm film. (C) Copyright Alex Sinclair

2nd place – congratulations go to Peter Sheerin and image:

Dusk in Matsu (May 2016). I always like to go out for a wander when I visit somewhere new, you never know what you’ll stumble across. Even though this was just a small piece of municipal decoration along a main road, there was something striking about it in the dusk with the moon rising behind. (C) Copyright Peter Sheerin

3rd place – congratulations go to Kenneth Waters and image:

Tokyo Nexus (November 2019). Looking out from the observation deck in Tokyo Tower watching unhindered the city flowing through the arterial nexus of its amazing transportation network. (C) Copyright Kenneth Waters

All 3 winners have been contacted by the IJA about the competition results and prizes.

We would like to use this opportunity and thank everybody who entered our competition this year! We really enjoyed all your holiday photos!

The IJA Judging Panel would also like to share the Honourable Mentions:

Yosakoi Wave, by Kate McConville

Yosakoi Wave – 26th August 2017 – Taken during the Yosakoi Dance performance, the flag bearer harnesses a stoic strength and power to elevate his team-mates’ performances. As integral to the team as any dancer, he waves his flag with all his might. (C) Copyright Kate McConville

Surfers of Sendai Shinko, by Daniel Kelly

Surfers of Sendai Shinko – 2018/12/24 – Shinko (Sendai, Miyagi) is a popular spot for surfers, offering some of the best waves in Tohoku. However, following the 2011 tsunami, the area was destroyed. Through the determination of the local surfers, restoration is underway. This photo shows the die-hard surfers who continue to surf during the reconstruction. (C) Copyright Daniel Kelly

Portrait of a Gaijin, by Saša Krnetic

Portrait of a Gaijin Turn the head away from panorama of Kyoto and you’ll find yourself in garden of delight… Who doesn’t love fluorescent trees right beneath the clouds? She surely does! (C) Copyright Saša Krnetic

Senso-ji temple through a lens ball in Tokyo, by Stephanie FitzGerald-Smith

Senso-ji temple through a Lens Ball in Tokyo – January 2019 (C) Copyright Stephanie FitzGerald-Smith

Kyoto, the kids & the colour, by Andrew Keegan

Kyoto, the kids & the colour – again outside of the Kyoto station the school kids were waiting for the bus home? I liked the “bland” of the uniforms & concrete building ,against the bright colour of the mural. (C) Copyright Andrew Keegan



























JAPANORAMIC | IJA Photo Competition

The Ireland Japan Association is running a photo competition ‘JAPANORAMIC’ and would like to welcome amateur photo entries of your best moments during your travels in Japan.
Share with us your photos and be in with a chance of winning one of the 3 prizes!
Deadline for submissions: Tuesday, 30th June, 2020.
We look forward to seeing your submissions. Good luck everyone!
Competition Rules: 
1. Competition is open to residents of the island of Ireland.
2. All photos must be original work, taken by the entrants. No third party may own or control any materials the photo contains, and the photo must not infringe upon the trademark, copyright, moral rights, intellectual rights, or rights of privacy of any entity or person.
3. Each participant can submit a max of 2 photos. Each photo has to be dated and come with the photo title and a short description (max 50 words). The photo must be in its original state, high quality (e.g., 800 KB minimum file size in the case of a JPG) and cannot be altered in any way, including but not limited to removing, adding, reversing, or distorting subjects within the frame.
4. Entries should be sent by email to: info@ija.ie by Tuesday, 30th June, 2020. Entries will not be accepted unless submitted via the official contest channel. Submissions will not be accepted after the deadline. Entries not submitted through the proper channel or after the deadline, will be deleted.
5. Participants are responsible for providing the IJA with correct and up-to-date contact information: name and surname, e-mail address and phone number, and agree that contact details can be used by the IJA to contact them in relation to the competition.
6. Entries will be judged by the IJA Council. All decisions are final. The IJA reserves the right to disqualify any entry that is deemed inappropriate or does not conform to stated contest rules.
7. By entering the contest, entrants agree that photos submitted can be used by the IJA and published on its website (www.ija.ie) and shared on the IJA social media platforms.
8. The winners will be announced on Friday, 17th July, 2020. There will be 3 prizes for the 1st , 2nd and 3rd place:

* 1st prize – €300 Amazon Gift Voucher

* 2nd prize – €200 Amazon Gift Voucher

* 3rd prize – €100 Amazon Gift Voucher

9. The prizes (Amazon Gift Vouchers) will be emailed to the winners to the email addresses provided, and are non-transferable.
10. The winner will be contacted via the email address or phone provided during entry, and informed about the prize details. The prize is non-transferable. If no response is received after five business days, a new winner will be selected and the previous winner will forfeit all rights to the prize.

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