Canon, the leading brand in imaging solutions, is back with its annual New Cosmos of Photography contest.

Canon has announced that the company will begin accepting entries for its New Cosmos of Photography 2019 photo competition from the 17th April. The competition is open to international entrants intending to discover, nurture, and support developing photographers who want to explore new and creative ways to engage with photography and video.

Canon New Cosmos of Photography 2019 Contest

The Grand Prize winner of this year’s competition will receive JPY 1 million in prize money (approx. 7,500 euros) and a Canon camera. The winner will also have the opportunity to host an individual exhibit at the exhibition of winning entries at New Cosmos of Photography 2020.

Other than the Grand Prize, 2019 Excellence Award and Honorable Mention Award winners will also receive prize money and the chance to display their works at this year’s exhibition of winning entries to support and encourage the continued pursuit of their creative activities,

Many photography experts from around the world  will be the part of the competition as judges, including British photographer, Paul Graham and Sandra Phillips, Curator Emerita of Photography at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA).

The Excellence Award Selection Committee will meet in July to choose seven Excellence Award winners and 14 Honorable Mention Award winners, before a Grand Prize winner is selected in November.


Since its launch in 1991, the New Cosmos of Photography contest has accepted 29,398 entries so far from both individuals and groups.

The contest is widely regarded as a gateway to success for new photographers, with previous Grand Prize winners including, Song-Nian Ang in 2018 with his work ‘Hanging Heavy on My Eyes,’ as well as Trond Ansten from Norway and Benjamin Breitkopf from Germany, who won in 2017 with “17 toner hvitt.” And Derek Man from UK was selected as an Excellence Award winner in 2018 with his work "What Do You See, Old Apple Tree?"

Interested individual or groups can enter the competition by submitting original photography by post and online. You can submit your entries latest by 12 June and winners will be contacted directly at the end of July.

For additional information about this year’s New Cosmos of Photography competition, please visit the New Cosmos of Photography homepage at: global.canon/en/newcosmos

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