“Once in Japan” Photo Contest 2019 Winners and Exhibit

The Consulate General of Japan in San Francisco is pleased to announce the results for its “Once in Japan” Photo Contest 2019. 53 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 150 photos. First, Second, and Third Place 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 28 through mid-December. We hope you will be able to visit our gallery.

Contest Results

   1st Place
Logan Murdock
"Waiting for a Bus"
Ainokura Village, Toyama Prefecture   
  2nd Place
Natalie To
"The Bridge Between Worlds"
Kitakyushu, Fukuoka Prefecture
  3rd Place
Zubin Cai
"Mt. Fuji in Autumn"
Kawaguchiko, Yamanashi Prefecture  

Special Recognition

*In alphabetical order of photographers' names

Becky Jaffe “Kami”
Deepak Unni “Sunset at Miyajidake Shrine”

Honorable Mention

*In alphabetical order of photographers' names

Zubin Cai “The Color of Autumn”
Colin Goodwin “Tending the Iris”
Shaun McCreedy “Tokyo Tower”
Logan Murdock “Wooden Paths of Shiretoko”
Anna Nielsen “Sacred Tree”
Erick Orihuela “El Mecánico”
Erick Orihuela “Lost in Thought”
Ron Poznansky “Embarking on Naoshima”
Jeremy Santiago “Waiting for a Train That Won’t Come”
Brittany Tam “Details of Mount Fuji”
Sabrina Tamura “Fukushima Blossoming in Hope”
Natalie To “After School”
Jason Verga “Ring Around the Circle”

Exhibit Location & Hours

October 28 – mid-December (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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