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Join the Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO) for a diving photo contest that showcases the undiscovered beauty and artistry of diving in Japan to the world. Send us the shots that you could only get in Japan: from photos of species endemic to Japan to the unique views and one-of-a-kind colors that can be found in Japanese waters!

Entry Guidelines

Contest Period
October 15th to November 15th, 2020
Application Process
Enter through our website by uploading the following:
·The photo(s) (Limit five (5) photos per person)
·The title(s)
·Where each photo was taken
·A description for each photo (No more than 250 characters)
Selection Process
The winner will be carefully selected by the judges and the organizer.
Notification to Winners
Winners will be contacted by email provided during the time of entry.
Announcement of Winners
Award winners will be announced in January 2021 on this website.

Hosted by: Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO)

Sponsored by: BSAC / Diver / NAUI / NPO Japan Diving Experience / ocean+α / PADI / SSI / MARINE ART CENTER Co.,Ltd.

With Cooperation from: Aqua Lung / Fisheye / INON / Mares / RGBlue / ZERO

Contact: Administration Office of Japan Underwater Photo Contest (Brain Corporation) diving2020@brain-net.co.jp

Submitted entries may be used for marketing and promoting JNTO's diving tourism.

Awards

Gold Medal

1 winner

GENIUS (Dive computer)
Mares
GENIUS
(Dive computer)
Short tech
Aqua Lung
Short tech

Silver Medal

1 winner

Short tech
Aqua Lung
Short tech

Bronze Medal

1 winner

Short tech
Aqua Lung
Short tech

Jury Prize

1 winner

· Fisheye
FIXNEO Premium 1500DX SWR Ⅱ


· A Signed Print of an Underwater Photograph by Hideki Abe (Head Judge)

Jury Prize

1 winner

· Zero
bigblue


· A Signed Print of an Underwater Photograph by Kazushige Hori (Judge)

Macro Award

1 winner

Fisheye
WF Smart Focus
1000FR

Wide Award

1 winner

Fisheye
WF Smart Focus
1000FR

Japan ocean Award

1 winner

INON
LF2400h-EW

Nature Award

1 winner

INON
LF1100h-EWT

Japan endemic Award

1 winner

INON LF650h

Honorable Mention

3 winners

Zero
FAG-15
(Globe)
FAG-15(Globe)

Honorable Mention

3 winners

RGBlue
Pelican Water proof case
Pelican Water proof case

* All winners will receive a certificate. Medal winners will receive a trophy.

Judges

  • Mr. Hideki Abe(Underwater Photographer)

    Chief Judge
    Mr. Hideki Abe(Underwater Photographer)

    Born in Fujisawa, Kanagawa in 1957, Abe has conducted multifaceted coverage on the underwater creatures and their encounters with divers in the oceans -- from drift ice to coral reefs -- all over Japan. He has recorded the mating behaviors of more than 100 species, and has been taking photographs of floating underwater creatures for more than 30 years. He has also been recognized worldwide for his work in collaboration with various domestic and foreign researchers. Abe has appeared and contributed to a variety of nature programs as a photographer and coordinator, and also took part in the still-life photographs used in the French film Oceans.

  • Mr. Kazushige Horiguchi

    Judge
    Mr. Kazushige Horiguchi(Underwater Photographer)

    Currently working as a professional underwater photographer based in Japan, Katsushige has experience working as a dive guide and has also receiving awards in numerous photography contests. His works have been published in various diving and outdoor activity-related magazines, websites, and newspapers, as well as reference books and textbooks about underwater creatures. He also served as a judge in the 2019 Japan Underwater Photo Contest as well as in the 2020 Osezaki Calendar Photo Contest, and works with a non-profit organization called Japan Diving Experience to promote diving tourism in Japan for international visitors.

Eligibility

  • ·In consideration of the purpose of this Japan Underwater Photo Contest 2020, participants are limited to submitting diving photos taken in Japan.
  • ·Participants are allowed to submit up to 5 photos per person.
  • ·Each file must be under 10MB.
  • ·Please list the title of the photo, where the photo was taken, and the description for each photo.
  • ·Do not include text on the photo(s).
  • ·Participant may use any equipment for their entry. Photos may be retouched, but may be disqualified if excessively edited or altered to the extent that they no longer resemble the original shot(s).
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  • ·Participants grant Japan National Tourism Organization (“JNTO,” including third parties approved by JNTO), a free-of-charge, perpetual license to use, publish, reproduce, and broadcast any submitted entries for marketing and promoting JNTO, its sponsors, and/or local governments.
  • ·Regarding the usage of submitted entries as stated above, participants acknowledge and agree that entries may be cropped, edited, or modified using visual effects, music, and sound effects without prior approval from the participant.
  • ·Participants agree to waive all moral rights of the author in the use of submitted entries.
  • ·Participants warrant that each participant owns all copyrights appearing in the entry, and has been granted prior permission for use of publicity rights, including Secondary Use as stated in the Entry Guidelines. It is the sole responsibility of each participant to confirm that the entry does not infringe the rights of any third party and that prior permission is obtained to use the image of any person appearing in the entry.
  • ·As specified in the Entry Guidelines, entries are subject for Secondary Use like JNTO’s website/app, Social Media, official accounts, etc., to promote traveling in Japan to foreigners. Participants shall clear publicity rights for Secondary Use as well. Participants may not submit entries that include advertisements and signboards of third party brands. Participants may not submit entries that offend public order and morals.
  • ·In principle, copyright of entries belongs to each participant even after submission to the Contest. Participants shall not transfer copyright of entries to third parties.
  • ·Entries are not limited to previously unpublished works. However, to prevent trouble, the participant is encouraged to thoroughly check the Entry Guidelines of other photo contests when submitting a work that has previously won an award, or when submitting a work that is planned for submission to another contest. Participants may also enter works that have been previously published in non-commercial publications created by the participant. Works posted on participant’s personal blogs and social media such as Facebook and Flickr accounts are also accepted, as well as photos displayed at non-juried photo exhibitions.
  • ·Participants may be amateur or professional, regardless of nationality or age. Participants under the age of 20 must have parental consent prior to submitting their work.
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  • ·Participants shall be responsible for any cost incurred for applications.
  • ·Participants cannot withdraw entries from the Contest once submitted.
  • ·Participants shall be responsible for the backup of entries.
  • ·The organizer will not accept works sent by mail or directly brought to the Contest office. Such works will not be returned to the participant.
  • ·Participants must enter accurate information in each field of the entry form. The organizer does not accept responsibility for disqualification of entries, or any damages incurred due to submission of incorrect information.
  • ·The organizer reserves the right to delete or disqualify, without prior notice, entries by participants who have been deemed by the organizer to have violated the Entry Guidelines or public order and morals or have defamed or caused disadvantage to other participants. The organizer may also rescind awards given to a participant.
  • ·Awards are non-transferable and non-exchangeable for cash.
  • ·In the event that the winner resides in a country other than Japan, prizes may be subject to taxes, tariffs, or other such fees governed by laws other than those of Japan. Should this be the case, the winner must handle all necessary processes to properly claim their prize in accordance with the laws of their country of residence. JNTO shall not bear any taxes or costs incurred by the winner in the process of accepting their prize.
  • ·In the event that the winner resides in a country other than Japan, JNTO shall only ship the prize(s) to the winner in the event that JNTO can confirm that the winner consents to bear all taxes, tariffs, or other fees that may be incurred in the process of receiving said prize(s). If said consent cannot be confirmed, the prize(s) will not be sent.
  • ·No inquiries will be accepted regarding entries and selection of winners.
  • ·Participants shall be solely responsible for resolving any disputes with third parties related to the entries submitted by the participant, at their own cost. JNTO and Brain Corporation accept no responsibility.
  • ·The Entry Guidelines shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of Japan, and the Tokyo District Court shall have exclusive jurisdiction for the first instance over any lawsuit in connection with the Contest or Entry Guidelines.
  • ·JNTO reserve the right to change or cancel the Contest, in whole or in part, without prior notice to participants. Furthermore, when deemed necessary, the organizer may change the Contest’s overview, Entry Guidelines, and implement necessary measures for the fair operation of the Contest. Changes made to the Entry Guidelines are effective at the time of publication by JNTO.

Act on the Protection of Personal Information

Personal information provided by participants will be safely managed and only be used for the administration and publicity of the Contest, such as to contact participants regarding the Contest, award deliveries, manage entries, and display winning entries. We may also use non-personally identifiable information of participants to generate statistical data. Personal information will only be used within the scope permitted by the Personal Information Protection Law, and for no other purposes.

Participants acknowledges that any data collected through the Contest (such as EXIF data) will be processed and analyzed as non-personally identifiable statistical information, and may be disclosed to third parties such as sponsoring companies.

Personal information provided by the participant will not be disclosed to third parties without the participant’s approval, excluding the following purposes: to announce contest winners or introduce entries, to outsource the administration and publicity of the contest to subcontractors, and when required by law.

Personal information provided by the participant will be shared and used within the following scope.
Collected Data:
Information such as name, date of birth, address, telephone number, e-mail address

Users:
The organizer of the Japan Underwater Photo Contest 2020 (Brain Corporation)
Please check the Privacy Policy here: https://www.japan.travel/diving/en/privacy-policy/

Purpose of Use:
Personal information of participants will only be used for the administration and publicity of the Contest, such as to contact regarding the Contest, award delivery, manage entries, and display winning entries. The organizer may also use non-personally identifiable information of participants to generate statistical data.

Entries Now Closed
Thank you for your submissions!

If you have any questions,
email diving2020@brain-net.co.jp