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New Cosmos Of Photography 2019: Application Now Open


New Cosmos Excellence Award Winners

The Seven Excellence Award Winning Work

TOKYO, February 26, 2019—Canon Inc. announced its New Cosmos Photography 2019 (42nd Edition) will begin to accept applications from the April 17th 2019. As an effort to promote it as a global photo competition, experts from outside of Japan have been invited to judge this year's competition. 

Here is the timeline:

  • - April 17th to June 12th 2019: Submission for New Cosmos of Photography 2019
  • - July: to choose seven Excellence Award winners and fourteen Honorable Mention Award winners.
  • - July: to select one Grand Prize winner from among the seven Excellence Award-winning entries.


New Cosmos Photography Grand Prize Winner 2018

2019 Grand Prize Winner, Mr Ang from Singapore 

The Grand Prize winner would not only walk away with JPY 1 million in prize money and a Canon product but will be given the opportunity to hold a solo exhibit for the New Cosmos of Photography in 2020. Excellence Award and Honorable Mention Award winners would each get prize money and also to partake in this year's exhibition of winning entries. 


New Cosmos of Photography Exhibition 2018​​


The New Cosmos of Photography is Canon’s cultural support project to discover, nurture, and support new photographers who pursue new possibilities in creative photographic expression. Launched in 1991, this year marks the 29th iteration of the annual contest, which, since its 25th iteration in 2015, has expanded to accept digital submissions (stills and video). What’s more, promoting the competition as a global photo contest that elevates photographers and videographers playing an active role in the current art scene, this year’s seven judges will include San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMoMA) Curator Emerita of Photography Sandra Philips and Japanese photographer Mikiya Takimoto.


Canon New Cosmos of Photography Judging


The New Cosmos of Photography encourages the creation of original works that push the boundaries of photography’s potential and systematically assists and nurtures award winners through exhibitions and published collections of their winning works as well as through publicity on the New Cosmos of Photography website. To date, the New Cosmos of Photography contest has accepted 29,398 entries from both individuals and groups, and has turned out a great number of outstanding photographers who are enjoying widespread success around the world. As a result, the contest has come to be regarded today as a gateway to success for new photographers.


For additional information about this year’s New Cosmos of Photography competition, visit the New Cosmos of Photography homepage at: global.canon/en/newcosmos


For further information, please contact

  • David Kelly (tel: 03-5482-8058; fax: 03-5482-5130; e-mail: kelly.david@mail.canon)
  • Karl Bruder (tel: 03-5482-8055; fax: 03-5482-5130; e-mail: bruder.karl@mail.canon)