- Outline and Theme
“Share your WOW! Japan photo contest” is a contest of photos taken in Japan.
Share your photos to best fit any one of following themes; “Cool!”, “Delicious!”, “Happy!”, “Beautiful!”, “Funny!”, or “Miracle!”.
Contest runs from
September 1, 2012 to 11.59pm, February 15, 2013 (Japan time)
Eligibility and Judging
Winners in each category will be determined by the number of votes (WOWs!) received from
other users and also at the discretion of the Japan Tourism Agency.
The following 4 criteria will be used by the Japan Tourism Agency to decide the winner:
Photographs that will inspire people to travel to Japan
Photographs that show the undiscovered charm of Japan
The number of photographs submitted
The number of votes (Total number of WOWs!)
The number of WOWs! (votes) is only one of the selection criteria for the WOW! prize and individual theme prizes.
Individual Theme Prizes
The following 3 criteria will be used by the Japan Tourism Agency:
Photographs appropriate to the theme that will inspire people to travel to Japan
Photographs appropriate to the theme that show the undiscovered charm of Japan
The number of votes (If you submit several photos in the same theme, the photo with the most number of votes will be counted)
The number 1 ranking of WOWs! will not necessarily win a prize
Tohoku/North Kanto Regional Prize
Awarded to the best photo taken in the Tohoku/North Kanto region at the discretion of the the Japan Tourism Agency
Monthly prize draws
The names of all registered users will go into a monthly prize draw
10,000 users will receive a Wi-Fi pass free of charge which can be used on their visit to Japan
Announcement of results
The Grand Prize winner will be decided in March 2013. The Japan Tourism Agency will contact the winner directly.
The WOW! Prize Winner and Individual Theme Prize winners will be announced on the website and these winners will be invited to Japan for an awards ceremony.
Besides tourists, foreign residents and students currently living in Japan can participate in this contest. And you don’t have to be in Japan during the contest period, 2012.9.1～2013.2.15, as past photos taken in Japan can also be submitted.
How to enter
Visit the official Japan photo contest page for more details on prizes, eligibility and how to enter.