Please review the information below before applying. Good luck!


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.