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• Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Arts - Works Acquisition •

Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Arts

• Deadline: February 10th, 2022⁠

• Prize: Selected works will be purchased

• Theme: Young Portfolio

• Entry Fees: Free

• REGISTRATION: CLOSED, Click HERE For More Opportunities


Young Portfolio is a program organized by the Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Arts (K*MoPA) to support young photographers from around the world by exhibiting and acquiring their works for our permanent collection. Anybody under the age of 35 is welcome to submit their works. We are looking for works by devoted photographers who are passionate about their creative efforts. It is not a contest in which people are only eligible to win a prize once. Multiple submissions may be made up until the age of 35. The museum aims to motivate young talents from across the world, to give them exposure and help kick-start their careers. Selection will be carried out by a selection committee appointed by the Museum. The 2022 selection committee members are the Selection Committee for 2022: Antoine d'Agata, Rika Noguchi, and Masato Seto (Deputy Director of the Museum).

1) Preliminary screening: Application by submitting image data January 10, 2022, to February 10 (data must be received by February 10)

2) Final screening: For those selected in the preliminary screening only. Application by submitting of prints. Deadline for receipt of prints: April 30, 2022

Special Committee Member: Eikoh Hosoe (Director of the Museum).

Selected works will be purchased by the Museum at prices from JPY30,000 to JPY100,000 per work. In the case of multi-image works, the selection committee may, at its discretion, choose to purchase only some of the images. Photographers (copyright holders) whose work is selected for the acquisition will be requested to sign the purchase agreement prescribed by the Museum.


As our third policy, we look for young photography enthusiasts, buy their works, and preserve these for posterity as part of our permanent collection.

In all fields of art, works that attempt to transcend the age in which they are produced have always been criticized, ignored, or rejected. Even today, many museums collect only works by artists with established reputations. Yet surely it is the works of young people, who have yet to make a name for themselves and who struggle in the process of artistic fulfillment, that are our future asset, possessing the power to pioneer a new age.

We decided to encourage these young people by collecting their works. Any photographer under the age of 35, amateur or professional, may submit work for selection, which is carried out once a year. Basically, there are no qualifications for applicants, regardless of nationality and gender, and works may be either published or not. We have great expectations regarding the courage and enthusiasm of young photographers.

Finally, the museum not only collects and exhibits the photographs but also preserves them to pass on to future generations. It is only a small museum, but we consider the execution of this role to be one of the fundamental objectives of the museum.

We want to share the rich expansion of expression that is inherent in photography as we move towards the future. The Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Arts is a living museum that exists for the sake of both the photographs and photographers.

The museum hopes that people will become familiar with the worlds captured by the photographers through their creative works. In order to promote this, in addition to exhibitions, we also carry out a wide range of activities, including workshops and creative events, as well as traveling exhibitions, both domestically and overseas, to transmit the attraction of photography both locally and throughout the world. We look forward to your visit to the museum.

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