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Call for Submissions: Japan Documentary Photo Youth Contest
(Application Deadline: October 1st, 2009)

Journalism is in crisis. - This warning is related to decrease in the number of responsible journalists who report the current situation of the world where war is repeated, crowds of people have been forced to suffer from famine or become refugees, and human trafficking and abuse of human rights have been rampant. The crisis of journalism is hindering access to reliable news reports.

Not to be argued, role and responsibility of journalism has been increasingly growing in the contemporary world. There is a need for the youth who develop capability and strong will to make a substantial judgment on what journalists should communicate and protect. The same would apply to photojournalism.

Given the present state as such, Waseda University, DAYS JAPAN Inc., and The Mainichi Newspapers Co., Ltd. co-organize and launch the Japan Documentary Photo Youth Contest, taking the opportunity of the Photojournalism Festival which is going to be held at Waseda University later this year.

Waseda University has been appealing the importance of training journalists for long and implementing the outstanding curriculum of journalism education among universities in Japan. The University also organizes the Waseda Journalism Award in Memory of Ishibashi Tanzan.

The Mainichi Newspapers Co., Ltd. has been contributing to documentary photography practiced by professionals and amateurs by organizing the Domon Ken Award and the Mainichi Photo Contest.

DAYS JAPAN Inc. publishes the monthly photojournalism magazine and has inaugurated the DAYS JAPAN International Photojournalism Awards.

These three organizations hope the Japan Documentary Photo Youth Contest, established with an aim to promote photojournalism, produces promising photojournalists who stand up for dignity of humans and nature.

Organizers DAYS JAPAN Inc., The Mainichi News Papers Co., Ltd., Waseda University
Sponsorship Nikon Imaging Japan Inc.
Juries Takeyoshi TANUMA (President, Japan Professional Photographers Society)
Goro NAKAMURA (photojournalist)
Kenji HIGUCHI (photojournalist)
Naohiko SEKO (Director, Cultural Affairs Division, Waseda University)
Hirokazu TOEDA (Deputy Director, Cultural Affairs Division, Waseda University)
Yasunori SATO (Director, Photo Department, The Mainichi Newspapers Co., Ltd.)
Ryuichi HIROKAWA (Editor in Chief, DAYS JAPAN)
Japan Documentary Photo Youth Contest: Application Guidelines
Application Guidelines 1) Documentary photography. Prints and digital images are accepted. Prints should be in the size of yotsugiri (25.4×30.5cm). Digital images should be submitted via CD.
2) Provide the following information: applicant's name and contact; and submitted works' theme, caption (approximately 100 words), location and date.
3) You may submit up to 15 pictures.
Eligibility Students of junior and senior high schools, universities (undergraduate and postgraduate) and vocational schools as well as the youth in the similar age bracket, regardless of gender or nationality.
* Entries are not to be returned.
* The organizers hold the right to use the award-winning works for free of charge.
* Portrait rights should be cleared between the applicant and the subject(s) before application.
Deadline October 1st, 2009 (Your application must arrive by the deadline)
Mailing Address DAYS JAPAN Inc. Editorial Department
1-37-19-402 Matsubara, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo 156-0043
Tel. 03-3322-4150
Award Ceremony November 26th, 2009 18:00-
Venue: Okuma Auditorium, Waseda University
Prize Grand Prize (100,000 yen): 1 person
Excellent Performance Prize (20,000 yen): 3 persons
The prize winners will be awarded certificates of merit and plaques as well as compact digital cameras provided by Nikon Imaging Japan Inc. as auxiliary prizes.

DAYS JAPAN Inc. Project Department
Tel. 03-3322-4150