Accepting Entries: 2023 “Once in Japan” Photo Contest

2023 Once in Japan Photo Contest
The Consulate General of Japan in San Francisco is pleased to announce the 2023 “Once in Japan” Photo Contest. Submit your recent original photos expressing what makes Japan so unique in your eyes for a chance to win the latest Canon cameras and products from Canon U.S.A., Inc.

This year’s contest features two categories (maximum of three photos, regardless of categories):
  1. Japan Category: submit up to three photos taken on a recent trip to Japan that share your Japan experience and what makes Japan beautiful, cool, cute, breath-taking, innovative, funny, surprising, and unique in your eyes.
  2. Local Category: submit up to one photo taken at your neighborhood, city, and community in Northern California and Nevada expressing a connection with Japan and/or Japanese culture.
The deadline for this contest is Sunday, December 3, 2023.

Select photos will be displayed at the Consulate General of Japan in San Francisco’s Gallery. Please see Official Rules for further details.

Contest Prizes

Judges will select three winning photos. Winners will each receive the following:
  1. Certificate of Award
  2. Prize from Canon U.S.A., Inc.:
    • Japan Category First Prize: Canon EOS R8 RF24-50mm F4.5-6.3 IS STM Lens Kit
    • Japan Category Second Prize: Canon PIXMA MegaTank G620 Photo Printer
    • Local Category First Prize: Canon EOS R100 RF-S18-45mm F4.5-6.3 IS STM Lens Kit
  3. Selected Submission displayed and featured in the Consulate’s gallery

Application (Online only)

Deadline: Sunday, December 3, 2023
Application Form: Google FormOpens in new window

Rules and Necessary Documents for Submission

Photos must have been taken on or after January 1, 2022
Entry is limited to non-Japanese passport holders.
For Japan Category, proof of passport and entry/exit stamp for trip is required.

* By submitting an entry, each applicant agrees to the Official Rules (download link below) and warrants that his or her entry complies with all requirements set out in the Official Rules. Please note that the contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed, administered by, or associated with Alphabet, Google, Meta, Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter/X.

For further inquiries about this contest, please contact:
Japan Information and Cultural Center

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