“ONCE IN JAPAN” Photo Contest 2018 Winners and Exhibit

The Consulate General of Japan in San Francisco is pleased to announce the results for its “ONCE IN JAPAN” Photo Contest 2018. 60 contestants submitted photographs from their recent trips to Japan, sharing the memories and stories of their unique experiences in Japan.

Consul General Uyama and representatives of local Japan-related organizations selected winners from nearly 180 photos. First, Second, and Third Prize Winners will be awarded digital cameras from contest sponsor, Canon USA.

The finalists’ photos will be displayed at the Japan Information & Cultural Center’s gallery from Monday, October 22 through Friday, December 14. We hope you will be able to visit our gallery.

Contest Results

1st Place
Lan Thi Phong Pham
“Memory Lane”
Omoide Yokocho, Tokyo
2nd Place
Steven Huffaker
“Nourishing the Koi”
Takayama, Gifu Prefecture
3rd Place
Guoning Song
“Lost in Furano”
Furano, Hokkaido

Special Recognition

Andrew Chang “Snacking”
Lan Thi Phong Pham “A Fine Summer Day in Kamakura”


Honorable Mention

Shoichi Aoyagi “Cats in a Lantern”, “Winter Solitude”
Ariel Chan “Seeing into the Future”
Melita Chan “Bishamon-do at Peak Color”
John Chang “A Crane”
Antoinette Dumas “Giants in Japan”
Jose Gonzalez Granero “Preparing Unagi”
Nicole Hasbum “Modern Tradition”
Jacob Lau “Thriving Tradition”
Sharon Lew “Osaka Dimensional View”
Anna Nielsen “Matsuri”
Chris O'Dell “The Flame”
Lan Thi Phong Pham “A Small Coffee Shop in Shinjuku”
Robert Scott “Kamakura Buddha”
Erika Shimahara “Bullet Train at Rest”
Brittany Tam “Morning Reflection”
Jason Verga “Hard Work”
Kai Wai Wong “Green Tunnel”
Hong Kai Wu “Chiyoda Blue”


Exhibit Term and Hours

October 22 - December 14, 2017 (Monday – Friday, except holidays)
9AM - Noon; 1PM – 4:30PM
Admission: Free and Open to the Public

Location: Japan Information & Cultural Center
Consulate General of Japan in San Francisco
275 Battery Street, Suite 2100, San Francisco CA 94111

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