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

We are honored to announce the winners of the 2017 Tokyo International Photography Competition. Please join us in congratulating them!

Abkhazia — Ksenia Kuleshova

Este Lado (This Side) — Erin Lee

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

Daniel Castro Garcia has been selected by the Jury as the 2017 Grand Prix winner, who will receive an all-expense paid trip to attend the Opening Party of the exhibition during the T3 Photo Festival in Tokyo, Japan.

The work of the eight selected photographers will be showcased as a traveling group exhibition in the following cities:



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


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)