Starting this Fall!

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
TBA (Fall 2020)
Application Process
Complete the entry form on our website by uploading your photos with the following: the title of the photo, where the photo was taken, and a description for each photo. (Limit five (5) photos per person)
·The title
·Where the photo
·The photo (Limit five (5) photos per person)
·A description for each photo (No more than 100 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 here 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

Zero
bigblue

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

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.

Starting this Fall!