International Filter Photo Contest 2017-2018

View entries in the spring/summer session Go to the autumn/winter session website

Thank you very much for your entries. Application for the Spring / Summer session has been closed. We are currently holding the autumn / winter session.

It’s our pleasure to announce that Kenko Tokina Co., Ltd. will be holding the International Filter Photo Contest 2017-2018 in commemoration of the 60th anniversary of our company. The contest is open to entries of photographs taken using a filter with the aim of highlighting the creative possibilities that filters provide. As part of our 60th anniversary celebrations, the contests will be held twice this year, with one competition for the spring/summer season and the other for the autumn/winter season. This website has been launched to announce applications are now being accepted for the spring/summer competition. We look forward to receiving a great many entries that explore the unbounded possibilities that filters provide.

Application period

April 1 ~ September 30, 2017


Photos that make effective use of filters.

  • Filters may be from any manufacturer.
  • Filters such as protectors whose effects cannot be seen in the photograph are not permitted.
  • Photos that have been heavily edited using retouching software (color swap, etc.) cannot be accepted.

Application Qualification

The competition is open to anyone 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Entries are restricted to unreleased and unpublished original photos for which the copyright is entirely owned by the applicant.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 or are being screened in other competitions are not eligible. (Photos that have been entered in another competition 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 are eligible.

Application procedure

You can find the application form for the 2017-2018 Filter Photo Contest spring/summer session on this website. Please fill out the mandatory fields and send the image data using the application form.
  • Image data captured and processed with digital still cameras, and image data captured on a film camera and then scanned and processed using a computer.
  • Images can be either color or black and white, but must be captured using a filter.
  • Photos treated or processed using computer software cannot be accepted.
  • Image data must be JPEG format. Image files must be between 1MB to 10MB in size. Files larger than 10MB must be compressed.


  • 板見 浩史氏

    Koji Itami

    Born in Fukuoka prefecture in 1952. Graduated from Hosei University.
    He served as editor-in-chief of the photo journal "Japan Photo Contest (now · Photo Con)" magazine for about 20 years.
    After that, he became independent in 2004 and became representative of Jophy Communications, a planning and production company related to photography.
    He was in charge of judging many photo prizes and contests as a photo editor.
    Advisor to the Photographic Society of Japan (PSJ). Director of Photo Culture Club(NPO).
    He served as a main lecturer and judge of photography enlightenment program at NHK.

  • Hudson Henry

    Hudson’s passion for creating dramatic still and motion imagery is infectious. In addition to his adventure, travel and expedition field work, a growing list of commercial clients rely on Hudson’s unique ability to produce stunning, ultra-high-resolution work in the most demanding of locations and conditions. Panoramic merger composites, 360 degree images, and time-lapse video are all long-time technical specialties. Underwater photography and video work are Hudson's most recent endeavors.

    Hudson is also a teacher and a people person. He spends a great deal of time writing articles, producing teaching videos and designing training programs to help fellow visual artists not just increase their technical skills shooting and editing, but also to develop their own distinct creative vision. Hudson finds this time coaching other photographers incredibly rewarding.

    "Adventure takes many forms and I’m pleased to be able to lead workshops, take on assignments, sell prints and share with you the stories behind the images. My travels take me to many exotic yet very accessible places and it’s my hope that at some point you will come along. If it’s a print in your home, an assignment for your organization, connecting on the internet or at one of my workshops we’ll travel the world together.”

  • Felix Inden

    Fineart photographer based in Köln, Germany

    After seeing a lot of this world in his youth, Felix developed a deep passion for the different natural environments this planet has to offer. His images show a vibrant, moody view on this planet and lately his work has gained international recognition beeing widely published in magazines and books around the globe as well as winning medals in important photography awards worldwide.
    His approach to landscape photography is the chase for his personal expression- instead of reproducing the often seen, he is always looking for unique angles and lightmoods.

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  • Zhang Yongfu

    In 1957 Zhang Yongfu was born in Anhui Fuyang rural areas.

    In 1976 the armed police Anhui Fire Corps. Member of the Communist Party of China.

    In 1995 the Huangshan Landscape Management Committee Political Department of propaganda, In 2001 Hefei City Federation of photographers Association Secretary-General.

    In 2008 Chairman of Hefei City Photographers Association

    In 2003 Vice President of Anhui Photographers Association for three consecutive years since 2003


*1*2 Please note that if a winner lives in a country other than Japan, the system or procedures unique to the winner’s home country may prevent overseas remittances.  In this case, Kenko Tokina Group products of the equivalent value to the prize money will be sent instead.
*3 Prizes to be determined by the organizer

Prize announcement and notification

Winners for the spring/summer season will be announced on the International Filter Photo Contest website (this website) in early December 2017.
  • Prize winners may be contacted directly from Kenko Tokina before official announcement of the results. In this case, prize winners will be required to respond with the required agreement within the specified period via the website mentioned in the notification email. Winners will be disqualified if they fail to provide such agreements. Additionally, Kenko Tokina Co., Ltd. will contact the winners via email or other means if the company needs to confirm details about the photos.
  • Winners will be disqualified if they fail to reply within the designated period after receipt of the prize notification e-mail irrespective of the reason (such as server problems, etc.) If you need to change your e-mail address, please be sure to do so using this "inquiry form" on this website. The competition sponsor and partner companies cannot accept any responsibility whatsoever for any problems arising through the failure of e-mail transmissions.
Sponsor : Kenko Tokina Co., Ltd.
Partner companies : NPO PhotoCutureClub, Japan Photocontest Organization , COKIN France s.a.s.u.,
Formatt Hitec Ltd. Slik Corporation, Kenko Professional Imaging Co., Ltd.