Deadline: 6 June 2018
Open to: both professional and amateur photographers
Awards: around EUR 7598  in prize money and a Canon product

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The New Cosmos of Photography is open to entrants globally and is Canon’s cultural project to discover, nurture and support new photographers. Since its launch in 1991, the programme has encouraged participants to explore new and creative ways to engage with photography. In 2015 the contest also opened entry to digital submissions (stills and video) to encourage more novel forms of photographic expression.
This year’s judging panel has been expanded to include judges from outside of Japan, including Emlia van Lynde, Artistic Director of the Dutch photo and video exhibition Unseen, and Sandra Phillips, Curator Emerita of Photography at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMoMA).
The New Cosmos of Photography encourages participants to create original pieces of work that push the boundaries of photography. Award winners will have their work featured at exhibitions and published collections, as well on the New Cosmos of Photography website. To date, the New Cosmos of Photography contest has accepted 27,406 entries, many of whom have gone on to achieve international success through their work. As a result, the contest is today regarded as a gateway to success for new photographers.


  • There are no restrictions on nationality, age, gender, or experience (both professional and amateur photographers may enter);
  • Both individuals and groups may enter the Contest. Entry by groups, however, is restricted to groups that plan to continue activities as a group in the future;
  • Persons under the age of 16 cannot enter the Contest without the consent of a parent or guardian. It is assumed that, by entering the
  • The contest, the person under the age of 16 has obtained the consent of a parent or guardian;
  • Canon Group employees and their immediate family members are not eligible to enter.


  • The Grand Prize


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