The judging for the 82nd International Photographic Salon (sponsored by The Asahi Shimbun and The All-Japan Association of Photographic Societies) has been completed, and we have recognized 106 prize-winning entries, consisting of 55 from the OVERSEAS CATEGORY, 45 from the DOMESTIC CATEGORY, and 6 from the U30 CATEGORY. The International Photographic Salon was inaugurated in 1927 with the participation of photographers from 15 countries outside of Japan.
International submissions were accepted through the online channel only, resulting in a total of 5,659 entries from 52 countries/regions, with Vietnam producing the most at 2,315. There were 3,617 domestic entries, and a further 128 entries for the U30 CATEGORY (an online-only category for photographers based in Japan who are aged 30 or under) for a total of 9,404 entries in all.
Takeyoshi Tanuma (Chief Judge, Photographer)
Etsuko Enami (Photographer)
Shintaro Shiratori (Photographer, APA President )
Tokihiro Sato (Photographer, Professor of Tokyo University of Arts)
Ezure Yasuharu （Officials from AJAPS）
Shigeru Ito （Officials from AJAPS）
Takeo Kato （Asahi Shimbun Tokyo Head Office, Photo＆Multimedia Editor）
Toru Nakata （Asahi Shimbun Tokyo Head Office, Photo＆Multimedia Editor）
【General Review－OVERSEAS and JAPAN CATEGORIES】
The entries submitted to the OVERSEAS CATEGORY showed the efforts that went into producing these photographs amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, as the entire world dealt with its challenges. The use of image processing and color correction techniques were highly competent for the most part, and we received a lot of unique submissions that sought to present the photographer’s point of view and intentions. The subject matters depicted in these entries are never repetitive, as they constantly change from year to year, with each country producing very distinct works. The top-rated photos were ones that revealed their subject and displayed the photographer’s sensibilities and passion.
The entries submitted to the JAPAN CATEGORY showed some improvements in their use of image processing/enhancement techniques, but some still left a little to be desired in terms of technical proficiency. A lot of the submissions weren’t shot recently - we got the impression that many were reimaginings of old photos that had additional work done on them. The top-rated photos were ones that were straightforward and showcased the intrinsic dynamism of photographic art. The pandemic does present challenges, but there are always unique perspectives that can be employed to create original photos by capturing the familiar and the ordinary.
【General Review－U30 CATEGORY】
The entries were unconstrained by tradition and form, and youthful in their experimentation and creative expression - all of which made them compelling pieces work. And importantly, they convey the purity of the emotional effect that accompanied the shot in a straightforward way. By applying their sensitivity, the photographer can add depth to their work and invite contemplation from the viewer. Through experimentation, they can gain insights on creative expression, which is something that we encourage.
The results of The 82nd International Photographic Salon are as follows.
The photo is superb in its composition and coloring, and does an excellent job of conveying the scene’s devout atmosphere. It depicts a hazy, fantasy-like setting of a boy and a Buddha statue, with another Buddha figure looming faintly between them. The finished work presents a clear vision of the photographer aims and is imbued with human drama.
The composition of the image presents a humorous examination of the realities of the pandemic, the Olympic Games, society, and the individual person. We were blown away by the effort that must have went into the execution of the photographer’s vision. Perhaps it’s a product of their personality, but the photo has a cheerful vibe that is very pleasing.
The colors are gentle, and the overall tone is very well put together. The oblivious look of the baby hippo exudes an indescribable charm, and the water surface is perfectly positioned to allow a clear look at the hippo beneath it and the expression it has on its face.