Canon Announces Entry Acceptance Schedule for the Final New Cosmos of Photography Competition

    Canon Announces Entry Acceptance Schedule for the Final New Cosmos of Photography Competition

    SINGAPORE, 1 April 2021 — Canon announced today that the company has began accepting entries for its New Cosmos of Photography 2021 (44th edition) photo competition on March 17. Having reached the milestone of its three-decade anniversary, the competition will be held for the 44th and final time this year.

    Entries for New Cosmos of Photography 2021 will be accepted between March 17 and May 31, 2021, 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 November, 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, 2021 Excellence Award and Honorable Mention Award winners will each receive prize money and the right to display their works at an exhibition of winning entries to be held in 2022.

    This year, the New Cosmos of Photography competition will come to a close. Over its long and rich history as a “project to discover, nurture and support new photographers who pursue new possibilities in creative photographic expression,” the competition has come to be known and celebrated in Japan and abroad, with last year’s competition receiving a record amount of applications. Society has changed greatly since the competition first began three decades ago—such technological revolutions as the internet and social media now provide individuals with the ability to share information as well as create and express themselves freely on a global scale.

    As society enters this new age, Canon has decided this 30-year milestone is a suitable time to conclude this competition. Once plans for the New Cosmos of Photography from 2022 have been decided, they will be announced on the New Cosmos of Photography website.

    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 Japanese art critic Noi Sawaragi and Japanese photography critic Minoru Shimizu.

    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 33,359 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.

    For additional information about this year’s New Cosmos of Photography competition, visit the New Cosmos of Photography homepage.


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