The 3rd International Filter Photo Contest 2012-2013

This contest is sponsored by Kenko Tokina Co.,Ltd. and is open to photos that have been taken with the aid of a filter with the aim of expanding creative possibilities. Kenko Tokina Co.,Ltd. looks forward to receiving your entries that explore the full expanse of the unknown possibilities of filters.


image photo of filter lens

Period during which applications are accepted:
March 1, 2015 ~ September 30, 2015

Photos that make effective use of filters.

  • The filters used may be from any manufacturer.
  • Filters such as protectors, whose filter effects cannot be seen on works, are not permitted.
  • If image processing by retouching software is contributing greatly to the work, the work is not eligible. (Color swap, etc.)

Application prerequisites:
Anyone who has a photo taken with a filter can enter the contest, regardless of age, gender or nationality.

  • Entries are restricted to unreleased and unpublished original photos for which the copyright is entirely owned by the applicant. Photos that have won prizes in other contests or are being screened elsewhere are not eligible. (Photos that have been entered in another contest but have not been awarded a prize are eligible.) Photos that have been published in non-commercial publications, such as club exhibitions for which the photography was not remunerated, or websites operated by individuals.
  • Entries will be disqualified if the sponsor deems that the subject matter is in breach of the law, public order and morals, or the purpose of this contest.
  • Interested people who are under the age of 18 are requested to first obtain the approval of their parent or guardian before applying. If an applicant is under the age of 18, we assume that they have the approval of their parent or guardian.


Application procedure:
On the homepage set particularly for the Photo Contest, please send the image data in the applying format.

  Photos in the form of image data: image data captured and processed with digital still cameras, and image data captured, scanned and processed with film cameras.
Applications are open to image data of both types, both in color or black and white, as long as the photos are taken using a filter.
Photos treated or processed using computer software are not eligible.


Shin Yoshino

  The results of the contest are based on the voting results on the website set particularly and the evaluation by the judges.


Title Number of prize-winners Prize
Grand Prize 1 Kenko Tokina Group products worth 500,000 yen
Jury Special Prize 2 Kenko Tokina Group products worth 100,000 yen
Prize for work using PL filter 1 Kenko Tokina Group products worth 50,000 yen
(The awards will be determined by the organizer)
Prize for work using ND filter 1
Prize for work using Soft filter 1
Prize for work using Cross filter 1
Prize for work using Close-up lens 1
Selected Works Prize 30 Kenko Tokina Group products worth 20,000 yen (The awards will be determined by the organizer)
Special Merit Prize 50 Kenko Tokina Group products worth 10,000 yen (The awards will be determined by the organizer)


Prize announcement and notification:
Winners will be announced on the Kenko Tokina website and at the Kenko Tokina booth at "CP + 2016", an information event about cameras and photography that will be held in Yokohama, Kanagawa-ken, Japan, in February 2016.
> Show the results announcement page

  • By the convenience of the examination, mail may be sent from Kenko Tokina to person qualified before the results announcement. The winners will be asked to return their messages of agreement within the specified period via the website mentioned in the notifying email. The winners will be disqualified if they fail to provide such agreements. Besides, Kenko Tokina Co.,Ltd. will contact the winners via email or other means if the company needs to confirm the photos.
  • The winners will be disqualified if they fail to return a message within the designated period after prize notification by e-mail, regardless of the reason, including server problems. Please take special note of this rule. We ask that applicants take care to update their e-mail address on the web entry screen on this website if they change their e-mal address. The sponsor and the partner company accept no responsibility for any problems associated with a failure in e-mail transmission.

Sponsor: Kenko Tokina Co.,Ltd. ; Partner StudioGraphics
Support companies: Hoya Filters, LEE Filters, Cokin Filters, Kenko Professional Imaging and Slik Corporation

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