Applicants must have been born after January 1, 1980 (i.e., must not be above 35 years of age); applications from photographers and artists who work in the medium of photography, regardless of gender, nationality or professional or amateur status, are welcome.
Period for application via the Website and for receipt of submissions April 15 - May 15, 2015
Rules and Conditions
1. Submissions on CDs or other digital recording media will not be accepted. All submissions must be in the form of prints.
2. Previous publication of an image will not be a cause for disqualification.
3. Any theme or technique is acceptable. The images must, however, be of archival quality both in technique and materials, since they will become part of the Museum's permanent collection.
4. Each applicant may submit up to 50 images, whether single-image or multi-image works.
5. An applicant who has submitted work for previous years' Young Portfolio is welcome to apply again, as long as the applicant is not above 35 years of age; previous selection of a work for purchase for the Young Portfolio collection will not be a cause for disqualification.
1. Works must be 20 cm x 25 cm or larger but no larger than 1 meter on either dimension.
2. If the print you are submitting is not in the size planned for the finished print, please include a note indicating the intended finished print size. If the Museum decides to acquire that image, the photographer must bear the cost of producing and shipping a print of the intended size. Bear in mind, however, that the selection committee will be basing its decision on the print submitted, including its size and quality.
3. If the Museum decides to acquire an image for which an ink-jet print of unsatisfactory permanence has been submitted, the photographer must then provide an archival quality color print, using pigment-based inks, suitable for long-term conservation. The cost of producing and shipping the new print is borne by the photographer.
4. Prints in black and white must be printed on fiber-based paper and processed for long-term conservation. Submissions for selection, however, may be RC paper prints; if the Museum decides to acquire an image on RC paper, the photographer must provide a print on fiber-based paper and processed for long-term conservation. The cost of producing and shipping the new print is borne by the photographer.
5. Works must be signed, either on the face or on the back. Use a pencil for prints on fiber-based photographic paper and a Stabilo pencil or other pencil that can write on plastic for prints on plastic-based photographic paper.
6. Each print should be placed a separate transparent polypropylene or other plastic envelope; the entry form for each print should be attached with adhesive tape to the back of the envelope. Do not place more than one print in an envelope.
7. Works that are panel mounted, framed, or mounted on mat board are not acceptable.
The Selection Committee
Selection will be made by a selection committee appointed by the Museum. The 2015 selection committee members are Daido MORIYAMA, Keizo KITAJIMA and Eikoh HOSOE (Director of the Museum).
Selected works will be purchased by the Museum at prices from JPY30,000 to JPY100,000 per work. In the case of multi-image works, the selection committee may, at its discretion, choose to purchase only some of the images. Photographers (copyright holders) whose work is selected for acquisition will be requested to sign the purchase agreement prescribed by the Museum.
The “Young Portfolio Acquisitions 2015” exhibition is scheduled to open in March, 2016, at the Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Arts.
< For applications from Japan>
The application fee is JPY2,000 for applicants submitting one to 30 prints; for applicants submitting 31 to 50 prints, the application fee is JPY3,000.
< For applications from other countries>
The application fee is US$15 regardless of the number of prints submitted.