The judging for the 83rd International Photographic Salon (sponsored by The Asahi Shimbun and The All-Japan Association of Photographic Societies) has been completed, and we have recognized 101 prize-winning entries, consisting of 55 from the OVERSEAS CATEGORY, 46 from the JAPAN 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 5,015 entries from 72 countries/regions, with India producing the most at 1,086. There were 4,210 domestic entries, bringing the total number of entries to 9,225.
Etsuko Enami (Photographer)
Shintaro Shiratori (Photographer, APA President )
Tokihiro Sato (Photographer, Professor of Tokyo University of Arts)
Shigeru Ito （Officials from AJAPS）
Yutaka Matsui （Officials from AJAPS）
Takeo Kato （Asahi Shimbun Tokyo Head Office, Photo＆Multimedia Editor）
Toru Nakata （Asahi Shimbun Osaka Head Office, Photo＆Multimedia Editor）
【General Review－OVERSEAS and JAPAN CATEGORIES】
Many entries to the OVERSEAS CATEGORY came from countries in difficult situations, such as wars, coups d'etat, and pandemics. People are living while trying their best to express themselves wherever they are. We realized once again that art has no borders. Works that reflect the times and thoughts of the people have a strong power to appeal to the audience. The retouching techniques were generally excellent, but as usual, many of the works were overly saturated, so we judged them by carefully examining their contents.
In the JAPAN CATEGORY, works using stock photos stood out. It has been only three years since the Corona disaster, yet the photographers are still unable to shoot as much as they would like to. On the other hand, those under 30 years old continued to take on the challenging work to express the present, and there was a freshness to their work. The top group showed a high level of perfection, with unique photographic methods and improved image processing techniques. There are still some standard subjects such as festivals and maiko. Although it is very difficult to choose the right subject matter, we hope to see more original works in the next contest.
U30最優秀賞=U30 FIRST PRIZE
The results of The 83rd International Photographic Salon are as follows.
SPECIAL PRIZE 「自撮り」アレクサンダー・スヴィリドフ（カナダ）
It may be a homage to Giuseppe Arcimboldo, who depicted figures in a collection of fruits. The placement of the figures and the background photographs are highly elaborate, and the work is quite sophisticated. The idea is not new, but I admire the enormous effort actually to visualize it in photographs.
SPECIAL PRIZE 「不満」イペクシアン・カリーヌ（ロシア）
The lighting is exquisite, and the delicate light and three-dimensionality are outstanding. The shape and traces of tears overflowing from the eyes are notably impressive. The girl's nonchalant hairstyle and the large collar of her blouse also catch the viewer's eye. The black-and-white rendering also gives the work a strong sense of formality.
SPECIAL PRIZE 「ズルジャナ」サイード・マタン・ハシェミ・アガジャリ（イラン）
A horse resists being mounted on the operating table while its legs are being restrained. The veterinarian and his assistants are trying their best to cure the horse. These motifs are tense. The landscape composition is appropriate for describing the situation without over or understating it. By capturing an interesting scene in a single image, the viewer can look at it in many different ways. It is a work that stirs the imagination of the viewer.