TIPC 2017: Borders

To put it simply, borders primarily enforce boundaries, minimizing—if not eliminating—gray areas.

They can indicate physical lines separating political and/or geographic regions, and they can also be applied to metaphysical confines we apply to our everyday lives via human interaction and relationships.

We encourage you to consider the concept of borders as both physical barriers and as intangible perimeters.

Selected Winners

The winners of the 2017 Tokyo International Photography Competition have been announced. Congratulations to the eight who have been selected!

ABKHAZIA — Ksenia Kuleshova

Este Lado (This Side) — Erin Holland

Foreigner — Daniel Castro Garcia

Futuristic archaeology — Daesung Lee

Home Lost -FUKUSHIMA Landscapes- — Yuki Iwanami

I’m Here with You — Gowun Lee

The Meaning of the Nation- Russia and its Neighbors — Justyna Mielnikiewicz

The Observation of Trifles — Carlos Alba

The winners will be showcased as a traveling group exhibition
and presented in the following cities:



In addition to the traveling exhibition, the selected photographers will also receive:



One grand winner will be chosen by the Jury to receive a trip
to attend the Opening Party of the exhibition in Tokyo, Japan,
all expenses paid.

Meet the 2017 Jury

James Wellford

Photo Editor / National Geographic (USA)

Michael Mack

Publisher / MACK (UK)

Anne Lacoste

Curator, Exhibition department / Musee de L’Elysee (Switzerland)

Yumi Goto

Independent Curator / Reminders Photography Stronghold (Japan)

Mikiko Kikuta

Independent Curator (Japan)


Publisher / Jiazazhi (China)

Mayra Mendoza Aviles

Subdirector / Fototeca Nacional Del INAH (Mexico)

Roberto Huarcaya

General Director / Centro de la Imagen (Peru)

Sandra Maunac

Independent Curator (Spain)

Jennifer Shaw

Creative Director, PhotoNOLA Festival (USA)