Hariban Award

Presented by the Benrido Collotype Atelier, the HARIBAN AWARD, now in its seventh year, combines a 160-year-old analogue technique with the new vision of digital-age photography. Professionals and amateurs alike are invited to submit black and white photographs for a chance to win this remarkable award. The winner will receive a trip to the ancient city of Kyoto to participate in the production of collotype prints and will be exhibited in a solo exhibition the following spring.

“You have this ability to have a relationship with an expert…to collaborate between an artist and a master printer… they will be able to benefit from the exchange of ideas and from the exchange of expertise.” — Simon Baker, Director Maison Européenne de la Photographie

Application for HARIBAN AWARD 2020:
Closed since July 15th 11:59 pm (JP Standard Time)

Grand Prize Winner

  • Two-week residency The imperial capital of Japan for more than a thousand years, today the city of Kyoto is the last bastion of many traditional arts and artisan crafts. In autumn/winter 2020, the Grand Prize Winner of the Hariban Award will travel to this major cultural heritage site. Flights and accommodation expenses will be paid.
  • Benrido Experience & Collotype Prints While in Kyoto, the Grand Prize Winner will collaborate with master printers of the Benrido Collotype Atelier. Working closely with printers of superlative technical expertise, the artist will enjoy a rare opportunity to participate personally in the complex process of collotype printing and will produce of eight museum-quality collotype prints of their winning photographs.
  • Solo Exhibition 2021 The Grand Prize Winner’s collotype prints will be exhibited in a solo exhibition of their works in 2021. Previous venues have included: Kousei-in Temple (Awoiska van der Molen solo exhibition, 2014), Sfera Exhibition (Antony Cairns solo exhibition, 2015), Hakusasonso Hashimoto Kansetsu Garden & Museum – Zonkoro (Claudio Silvano solo exhibition, 2016), Kiyomizu-dera Temple – Jojuin (Stephen Gill solo exhibition, 2017), Murin-an (Esther Teichmann solo exhibition, 2018), Noguchi Residence – Karaku-an (Margaret Lansink solo exhibition, 2019).
  • Competition Catalogue 2021 All finalists will receive a catalogue for the award printed in collotype and hand-bound by traditional binders in Kyoto, Japan.

Juror’s Choice Award

Selected by each Juror, an applicant will be selected from the pool of submissions by each Juror as their nomination for the Juror’s Choice Award. The Juror’s choice award winners will receive a dedicated text by their respective Jurors that will be printed and published along with a selection of their work in the annual Hariban Award Catalogue. All Juror’s Choice winners will also receive copies of the limited-edition award catalogue for their personal use.

Master Printer’s Choice Award

Selected by the atelier’s master printer, Osamu Yamamoto, the Master Printer’s Choice award winner will receive a dedicated text written by Yamamoto and will have an image printed and published in the annual Hariban Award catalogue. The Master Printer’s choice award winner will also receive copies of the catalogue for their personal use.

Honourable Mentions

Six runners up from the final round of judging will be given honourable mentions. An image of their submitted work will be printed and published within the official Hariban Award catalogue. The runners up will also receive copies of the catalogue for their personal use.

Juror information

Ma QuanProfessor, Designer & Artist
Ma Quan is a Professor and Doctoral Supervisor at the Department of Visual Communication Design, Academy of Arts & Design, Tsinghua University. He has been constantly committed to exploring the possibility of spatial narrative and transboundary design; he has more than 30 years of design education experience. He published books including “Visual Reconstruction of the City”, articles and papers related to visual design in urban space, and carried out a large number of practical activities and researches related to urban space visual design. In the past decade, Dr. Ma has successively used integrated media including ink, devices, image, music, prints to create experimental projects.

Emma BowkettDirector of Photography FT Weekend Magazine
Emma Bowkett is Director of Photography at the FT Weekend Magazine. She has curated exhibitions for the Triennale der Photographie Hamburg, Peckham 24 and an exhibition with young Londoners as part of the Create Jobs programme. She is a university Associate Lecturer at London College of Communication (LCC), and regularly participates at international workshops, portfolio reviews, festivals, art fairs and awards. She is part of Magnum Photos Professional Practice, which supports young and emerging photographers. She won the inaugural Firecracker Contributors Award.

Felix HoffmannChief Curator|C/O Berlin
Felix Hoffmann is an art historian and art theorist, and is currently Head Curator of the C/O Berlin Foundation. He is the initiator of C/O Berlin’s Talents program for young photographers and art critics, and has acted as curator of numerous international exhibitions including Nan Goldin (2009), Robert Mapplethorpe, Peter Lindbergh (2011), Gordon Parks (2014) or Araki (2018), and group shows like The Last Image: Photography and Death (2019) or The Uncanny Familiar- Images of Terror (2011). He has also published numerous books and texts.

Lucy GallunCurator|MoMA
Lucy Gallun is Associate Curator in the Department of Photography at The Museum of Modern Art, New York. She has curated or co-curated multiple exhibitions for the Museum including Being: New Photography 2018; Projects 108: Gauri Gill (at MoMA PS1); Unfinished Conversations: New Work from the Collection; Nan Goldin: The Ballad of Sexual Dependency; Ocean of Images: New Photography 2015; Soldier, Spectre, Shaman: The Figure and the Second World War; and Art on Camera: Photographs by Shunk-Kender, 1960–1971; and collaborated on many others. Lucy is also co-editor of Photography at MoMA, a three-volume history of photography at the Museum.

Judging Process

This year’s Hariban Award Competition will be judged by 4 Jurors in two rounds.

First Round
All four Juror’s take part in the First round of Judging. Points are given to each submission from a 0 – 5 star rating. The submissions which pass the First Round of Judging from the accumulation of points will proceed onto the Final Round. All judging will be carried out individually online by each Juror.

Final Round
All four Juror’s will take part in the Final Round of Judging to determine the Grand Prize Winner and Finalists. Points are given to each submission within the Final Round of Judging from a 0 – 5 star rating. The submission with the highest overall points from the accumulated scores from all four jurors will be awarded the Grand Prize. The Judging will be carried out individually online by each Juror.


The competition is open to all photographers working in black and white ONLY.

Submission Period

Submissions will be accepted beginning on April 15th, 2020. The deadline is June 30th July 15th, 2020 at 11:59 p.m , Japan Standard Time.

Entry Fee

*Early entry fee of 40USD valid for applications submitted from April 15 – May 10 2020

*Entry fee of 50USD for applications submitted from May 10th – June 30th July 15th, 2020.

The fee must be paid online at the time of submission.

Submission Specifications

Each artist will submit 8 – 12 black and white photographs. Images must be submitted digitally. All submissions must adhere to the following specifications:

  • File format: JPEG
  • Resolution: 72 ppi/dpi
  • Longest dimension: 1500 pixels
  • Colour space: grayscale or RGB
  • Black and White submissions ONLY

Travel & Exhibition Dates

The recipient of the Grand Prize will travel to Kyoto for two weeks in late 2020. The collotype prints will be exhibited in a solo-show the following year.

Liability & Rights

The Benrido Collotype Atelier will make reasonable efforts to protect your submissions. We are not, however, liable for damage, loss or replacement. All entrants agree that any image they submit to the HARIBAN AWARD competition may be used for marketing and promotional purposes directly related to HARIBAN AWARD and Benrido programming. This use may include, but is not limited to, publication in printed materials, advertisements, electronic media, websites, social media outlets, or magazines. If selected, entrants agree to grant Benrido permission to publish their image in an exhibition catalogue. All images used by Hariban and Benrido will carry a credit line of the artist. Copyright and all other rights remain that of the artist.

FAQ & Help

Can I submit more than 12 photos by completing more than one entry form?

No. Each artist is limited to one entry.

Should I submit twelve photos from one series, or can I include work from a variety of projects?

The selection of photos is entirely yours. We don’t know exactly how the judges make their decisions but in our opinion, a coherent series generally makes a stronger impression.

May I submit photos depicting nudity or other controversial subjects?

We will gladly accept any images that are not blatantly exploitative or overtly offensive.

Will you accept analogue submissions such as slides?

Unfortunately, we are only able to accept digital images submitted using our online form.

What are the details of the winner’s trip to Kyoto?

The recipient of the HARIBAN AWARD will receive an expenses-paid trip to Kyoto for two weeks between in late 2020 to work with the Benrido printers. The prints will be exhibited in the winners solo exhibition in 2021. The artist will be responsible for his or her own travel expenses to attend the exhibition. The exact date for the exhibition is to be announced.