The 40th Gold Award "Collecting Seaweed and Shellfish"
Photographer:Nakamura Masumi
Location:Niigata Pref.

Show Your Japan
to the World!

Japan through your lens: Join our calendar photo contest and showcase the many facets of Japan to the world!

【Notice of the Conclusion of the Annual NHK WORLD-JAPAN Calendar Photo Contest】

The running of the NHK WORLD-JAPAN Calendar Photo Contest, which has been held 40 times in total, will end with this year's contest.
We truly appreciate the many applications we have received over the years since first starting the contest in 1982 as the 1st Radio Japan Calendar Photo Contest.
NHK WORLD-JAPAN will continue to share information about Japan with the world, both online and through broadcasting. We look forward to your continued support.

Each year, NHK WORLD-JAPAN holds an open call for submissions of photos revolving around the theme of “Japan.” You are cordially invited to join this photo contest by sending in your digital photos. Winning entries will be used for a calendar conveying the charms of Japan in all four seasons.

Entry Guidelines

Submission address

NHK Service Center Photo Contest
41-1 Udagawacho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-8328

Submit by May 7,2021 ∗Application Closed.

Prizes (chosen from all entries)

Gold AwardOne entry (¥100,000 and additional prize)
Silver AwardOne entry (¥50,000 and additional prize)
Excellence Award11 entries (¥20,000 each)
Honorable Mention7 entries (¥10,000 each)
Good EffortSeveral entries (prize)

◆ Regarding Awards ◆
All entrants will receive a token of appreciation. (Except for those that did not meet the Entry requirements.)
Winning entries may be invited to appear on NHK programs.NHK WORLD-JAPAN reserves the right to use winning photographs in exhibitions, publications, on the internet, etc., without compensation, from the date winners are announced until Dec 31, 2022.
Selection criteria are stipulated by the organizers.

Panel of Judges

Shinpei Asai (photographer)
Managing Director of NHK WORLD-JAPAN
President of NHK Service Center

Announcement of Winners

Announcement expected to take place in early August 2021.

∗Entrants’ names, as well as the titles of winning photos, will be displayed on websites, magazines and other media related to this contest.
∗A token of appreciation will be sent to those that were not selected.
∗Inquiries regarding screening progress and results will not be answered. Thank you for your understanding.

Presentation of Selected Photos

Winning entries of the Gold, Silver and Excellence awards will be used for the wall calendar, while winning entries of the Honorable Mention award will be used for the desk calendar.

Entry Requirements

  1. Photo must have been taken on or later than Jan 1, 2017.
  2. Entries must be in color and landscape format.
  3. Entrants may submit a maximum of five digital photos.
  4. Photos you submit must be yours. Also, photos submitted for other contests are not allowed, regardless of whether they have won an award, or not.

∗Entries which violate laws, regulations, etc., or are found by the organizers to resemble or repeat other entries, may be disqualified.

  1. Please submit photos taken with a digital camera printed on A4 or 12x8 inch paper (prints made with home inkjet printers acceptable). Film photos converted to digital format are not accepted.
  2. On the back of the print, be sure to write your name, photo title, and the date (day, month, year) it was taken.
  3. Photos that have been edited or digitally processed are also acceptable.
  4. If your photo pass the final screening ,you will be requested to submit data of your photo by CD-R.
    File format: JPEG only.
Regarding Submission

Please submit an application form (list of submitted entries) with your prints.

    In your application form, please include the title, place where photo was taken, date photo was taken, your name, address, and phone number (refer to sample below). You can download the application form from the NHK Service Center website).

    (Application Form Sample)

Entry is limited to persons residing in Japan.

Photo Contest Office
(Contact period: March 4 to October 29, 2021, Mon-Fri, 13:00-17:00)
Organizers: NHK/NHK Service Center