OUR 2018 TOPIC IS

Need / Want

One could argue that the needs of a person are relatively few: food, water, shelter, companionship. But most of us aspire — desire — to reach beyond our basic needs. We want for more. Unlike needs, wants differ greatly from one person to another. Some may want material goods: a car, a home, an expensive watch or piece of jewelry; while others may want things less tangible: travel far, climb high, dive deep, experience all that life may offer.
According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, a “want” is defined as a strong desire for something, whereas a “need” is classified as something required because it is essential. In the age of technology and roaring capitalism, when the desire to obtain becomes so great that it’s mistaken for need, the distinction between these twin concepts has never been more blurred, or more stark.
This year the Tokyo International Photography Competition invites you to explore the urgent push-pull relationship between “need” and “want” through your photographic lens.
AN INTERNATIONAL TRAVELING EXHIBITION
PRESS COVERAGE OPPORTUNITIES
  • Taipei, Taiwan — April 2019
    Wonder Foto Day

  • New York, USA — June 2019
    The UPI Gallery

  • Tokyo, Japan — July 2019
    T3 Festival

  • Special feature in PHaT PHOTO magazine

  • Special feature on LensCulture

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