SINGAPORE, 18 March 2020 – Canon announced that the company will begin accepting entries for its New Cosmos of Photography 2020 (43rd edition) photo competition on 18 March. To promote the competition as a global photo contest, experts from outside Japan have also once again been invited to judge this year’s competition.
Entries for New Cosmos of Photography 2020 will be accepted between 18 March and 20 May 2020, 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 October, 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, 2020 Excellence Award and Honorable Mention Award winners will each receive prize money and the right to display their works at this year’s exhibition of winning entries.
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 British Photographer Paul Graham, Japanese art critic Noi Sawaragi and Japanese photographer Mikiya Takimoto.
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 31,357 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.