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Dreaming of Tokyo — How I Fell in Love with the City — Photo Contest

Photos by: sanbonsuge1986、matsuo_photo、sksk1967、umeneco0705、ナラハシ ケン (in no particular order)

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About the Contest

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government and the Tokyo Convention & Visitors Bureau are holding a photo contest in collaboration with Tokyo Camera Club under the theme “Dreaming of Tokyo —How I Fell in Love with the City—.”
The winning photos of the Contest will be featured in the "Tokyo Camera Club 2022 Online Photo Exhibition" hosted by Tokyo Camera Club, which is scheduled to open in mid-September 2022.

What made you fall in love with Tokyo?
Is it the Scramble Crossing in Shibuya? Or the lush nature of the Tama area? The islands of Tokyo? Or perhaps a photogenic spot of a hidden local gem? Share your favorite spots or activities in Tokyo, from nostalgic streetscapes to the newest tourist attractions that show different facets every season!

Photo submission is easy! Follow the official TokyoTokyo Instagram account (@tokyotokyooldmeetsnew) and the Tokyo Camera Club Campaign Instagram account (@tokyocameraclub_cp27) . Post your entry on Instagram within the contest period (May 26, 2022 — July 28, 2022) using the specified contest hashtags, and you're done.

*Please add the specified hashtag at the time of submission or within 24 hours of submission, and during the submission period of the Contest.

Due to changes in Instagram's API, even if you add the specified hashtag to a past post, if that post had been posted for more than 24 hours, the post cannot be downloaded via the Instagram API and therefore will not be eligible. Only submissions that were able to be downloaded using our system will be considered (please do not inquire as to whether or not your submission has been downloaded).

*The Contest is conducted by Tokyo Camera Club. Meta Platforms, Inc. and Instagram are not affiliated with the Contest in any way.

You may use any camera or device to take your photos. We look forward to seeing your wonderful photos!

*To prevent the spread of COVID-19, when traveling to Tokyo, please act according to instructions issued by the municipality in which you reside.
*We welcome submissions of photos taken in the past.
*Regardless of the award status, all submissions and comments may be featured on the official TokyoTokyo Instagram account (@tokyotokyooldmeetsnew), the official TokyoTokyo website, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government and the Tokyo Convention & Visitors Bureau's PR businesses, other relative websites, relative media, Tokyo Camera Club, etc. Please note, that we may resize or crop submissions and comments when featuring. We will contact you when featuring your submissions.
*Private accounts and posts without the specified hashtags will not be eligible for the Contest.

Contest Period

May 26, 2022 (Thu)

July 28, 2022 (Thu)
23:59 JST

*Please note that submissions made just before the deadline may not be downloadable through the Instagram API. Only submissions that were able to be downloaded using our system will be considered, so we encourage you to submit your work early. (Please do not inquire as to whether your submissions have been downloaded or not.)

Categories and Hashtags

There are five categories to which you can submit your photo entries.

Spring in Tokyo

#TokyoTokyo

#TokyoTokyoSpring

Tell us what you love about Tokyo during spring — whether it be the newest attractions you recommend during the warm spring weather or the best places to enjoy spring flowers in full bloom!

Summer in Tokyo

#TokyoTokyo

#TokyoTokyoSummer

Tell us what you love about Tokyo during summer — from traditional Japanese festivals to the latest exciting marine sports, and more!

Autumn in Tokyo

#TokyoTokyo

#TokyoTokyoFall

Tell us what you love about Tokyo during autumn — such as locations where you can enjoy the gorgeous fall foliage and appreciate artworks in the autumn vibe!

Winter in Tokyo

#TokyoTokyo

#TokyoTokyoWinter

Tell us what you love about Tokyo during winter — from your favorite hot spring inns to the best places to enjoy beautiful winter illuminations!

My Best Tokyo

#TokyoTokyo

#MybestTokyo

Tell us what you love about Tokyo regardless of the season — such as landscapes and sceneries that captivate you year-round!

*Hashtags may be written in upper or lower case, but only half-width characters will be eligible.
*Private accounts and posts without the specified hashtags will not be eligible for the Contest.
*Please include the hashtags in your post. Posts with hashtags in the comments section will not be eligible.
*Please add the specified hashtag at the time of submission or within 24 hours of submission, and during the contest period. Posts that have been posted for more than 24 hours will not be eligible even if you add the specified hashtags later on.

How to Submit

Follow the Official TokyoTokyo Instagram account Tokyo Camera Club Campaign Instagram account
Post your photo on Instagram with the specified hashtags (*For details on installing and using the Instagram app, please contact the provider.)
Shortlisted candidates will be contacted via Instagram Direct Messenger

*Shortlisted candidates will be requested to submit their data by a specified date for copyright verification. Please beware that we will only be contacting shortlisted candidates, and we will not be accepting inquiries as to whether a participant's submission has been selected or not.
*Private accounts and posts without the specified hashtags will not be eligible for the Contest.
*Photos submitted must be entirely your own. In order to check that the submitted photo is the original work of the submitter, we will be requesting the shortlisted candidates to submit RAW data or unedited original data that include EXIF data with the shooting date and equipment information. Please be sure to retain the original data of your work.

Prize

Winners of the Contest will have their works displayed at the "Tokyo Camera Club 2022 Online Photo Exhibition" hosted by Tokyo Camera Club, one of Japan's largest photo curating communities with a total of more than 5.4 million fans. The winning works will also be featured on the official TokyoTokyo Instagram account (@tokyotokyooldmeetsnew).

"Four Seasons of Tokyo" Prize (30 Persons)

A total of 30 winners will be selected from the Spring in Tokyo, Summer in Tokyo, Autumn in Tokyo, Winter in Tokyo, and My Best Tokyo categories.

Submission Guidelines

Contest Period

May 26, 2022 (Thu)

July 28, 2022 (Thu)
23:59 JST

Winner Announcement

The winning works will be announced on the Contest results website, scheduled to open in mid-September 2022.

*Photos submitted must be entirely your own. In order to check that the submitted photo is the original work of the submitter, we will be requesting the shortlisted candidates to submit RAW data or unedited original data that include EXIF data with the shooting date and equipment information. Please be sure to retain the original data of your work.
*Please follow the specified Instagram accounts, as shortlisted candidates will be contacted via Instagram's Direct Message from the contest's campaign account. If you do not follow the account, the campaign office will not be able to notify the candidate and/or the candidate may overlook our DM, resulting in elimination.

Judges

Tokyo Metropolitan Government

To communicate Tokyo's unique qualities and advance our reputation as the world's premier city for tourism, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government has developed a new brand strategy. On our official Instagram, we share the unparalleled attractions of Tokyo using #TokyoTokyo. Visit it today and discover your Tokyo, a city where rich traditions and world-leading technologies intersect.

Tokyo Convention & Visitors Bureau

The Tokyo Convention & Visitors Bureau is Tokyo's official destination marketing and management organization . Our goal is to build economic prosperity and support community development through tourism. We effectively market the city and communicate Tokyo's ever-evolving image to global audiences to attract visitors and business events. This is achieved through the community, partners, and staff working together through coordinated group efforts.

Tokyo Camera Club

Tokyo Camera Club is one of the largest photo curating communities in Japan. It operates on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Mastodon, where anyone can post photos to be shared and viewed by a total of 5.4 million fans. Those who just want to stop by and enjoy some beautiful photos are always welcome as well. Tokyo Camera Club may say "Tokyo" but submissions from people living in other cities are, of course, welcome and encouraged!

For inquiries regarding the Contest, please contact the "Tokyo Camera Club Campaign Office." Inquiries not directed to the "Tokyo Camera Club Campaign Office" will not be addressed.

Eligibility

  • Participants must have an Instagram account.
  • Participants should be following the official TokyoTokyo Instagram account (@tokyotokyooldmeetsnew).
  • Participants should be following the Tokyo Camera Club Campaign Instagram account.
  • Participants must post their photos with the specified hashtags listed in the Submission Guidelines.
  • Participants should have read, understood and agreed to the Submission Guidelines (including the Use of Personal Information and Disclaimer) upon submitting (posting) to the Contest.
  • Participants may use any camera or device to take their photos.
  • Participants may submit photos taken in the past.
  • Participants may submit edited or retouched photos.
  • Participants may submit as many works as they wish.
  • Submissions are limited to original works, of which all rights (including copyrights), belong to the participant. Participants may not infringe copyrights by using third-party images posted on external websites and blogs without permission. Submissions that depict images of other persons are limited to those that have cleared publicity rights in advance.
  • Participants must not create composite images using free/stock images.
  • Participants of any photography levels (amateur or professional), nationality, and age are welcome. Participants under the age of 18 must have prior permission from a parent or guardian. Participants under 18 shall be deemed to have the consent of a parent or guardian upon submission.

*Hashtags may be written in upper or lower case, but only half-width characters will be eligible.
*Private accounts and posts without the specified hashtags will not be eligible for the Contest.
*Please double-check if you have included the specified hashtags in your post. Submissions will not be accepted if the hashtags are included in the comments section.
*Please add the specified hashtags at the time of submission or within 24 hours of submission and during the contest period. Posts that have been posted for more than 24 hours will not be eligible even if you add the hashtags later on.

How to Submit, If you are Shortlisted,
and Winner Announcement

STEP 1

Follow the Instagram accounts below:
Official TokyoTokyo Instagram account (@tokyotokyooldmeetsnew)
Tokyo Camera Club Campaign Instagram account

STEP 2

Post your photo(s) on Instagram with the specified hashtags within the contest period.

STEP 3

Shortlisted candidates will be notified in mid-August 2022 for the final verification process.
Shortlisted candidates will be contacted via Instagram Direct Messenger.
Candidates will be requested to submit their original photo data by a specified date for copyright verification. Please note that we will only be contacting shortlisted candidates, and we will not be accepting inquiries as to whether a participant's submission has been selected or not.

*Photos submitted must be entirely your own. In order to check that the submitted photo is the original work of the submitter, we will be requesting the shortlisted candidates to submit RAW data or unedited original data that include EXIF data with the shooting date and equipment information. Please be sure to retain the original data of your work.
*Please note, in case a shortlisted candidate's email address is unreachable, or we do not receive a reply by the specified date, we will assume that the prize has been rejected and contact the runner-up for the prize.
*Shortlisted candidates may receive emails from the following campaign office's email addresses: and . Please be sure to change your settings in advance so that you can receive emails from these addresses.

Instructions for domain-specific reception for each cell-phone company can be found below:

STEP 4

The winners will be announced around mid-September 2022.
The winning works will be displayed at the "Tokyo Camera Club 2022 Online Photo Exhibition."

*The Contest is conducted by Tokyo Camera Club Corporation.
For more information about Tokyo Camera Club Corporation's Privacy Policy, click here.

Data Requirements

  • Photos developed or edited by digital image processing are eligible.
  • Still-images extracted from videos are not eligible.
  • Composite images using free/stock images are not eligible.

Number of Submissions

There is no limit to the number of submissions.

Use of Personal Information

  • The Contest is organized by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government and the Tokyo Convention & Visitors Bureau, and conducted by Tokyo Camera Club Corporation, entrusted by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government and the Tokyo Convention & Visitors Bureau.
  • Personal information obtained through the Contest will be strictly managed and will be used only for the following purposes: conducting, managing, and promoting the Contest, as well as other contest-related purposes such as sending notices, managing submissions, exhibiting winning works, and generating non-personally identifiable statistical data within the scope permitted by the Personal Information Protection Law, and for no other purposes. Please acknowledge that any data collected through the Contest (such as EXIF data) will be processed into non-personally identifiable statistical information for analysis, which may be disclosed to third parties such as sponsoring companies.
  • Personal information obtained through the Contest will not be disclosed to any third party without the participant's consent, except in the following cases: when entrusting the operation of conducting, managing, and promoting the Contest to a subcontractor, and when required by law.
  • Personal information provided by the participants will be shared and used within the following scope.
    1. Data to be Used
      Information provided by shortlisted candidates upon the shortlisting process: e-mail address, user ID, and user name provided at time of entry.
    2. Entities that will use the data
      Tokyo Metropolitan Government
      Tokyo Convention & Visitors Bureau
      Tokyo Camera Club Corporation
    3. Purpose of Use
      Personal information provided by the participants will be used only for the following purposes: Contest-related purposes such as sending notices, managing submissions, exhibiting winning works, and generating non-personally identifiable statistical data, as well as conducting, managing, and promoting the Contest.
    4. Personal Information Management
      Tokyo Metropolitan Government and Tokyo Convention & Visitors Bureau
      See here for more information about the Tokyo Metropolitan Government and the Tokyo Convention & Visitors Bureau's privacy policy.
    5. Subcontractor
      Tokyo Camera Club Corporation
      See here for more information about Tokyo Camera Club Corporation's privacy policy.

Disclaimer

  • Participants must provide accurate information when asked. The organizer does not accept any responsibility for the disqualification of submissions, or any damages incurred as a result of the participants' submission of inaccurate information
  • Submissions are not limited to previously unpublished works. However, when submitting a work that has won an award in the past or work that is being submitted to another contest, the participant should carefully check the submission guidelines of the past contest to prevent any trouble. Works that have been published by the participant for non-commercial purposes, works posted on participant's social media, blogs, etc., and works displayed at non-juried photo exhibitions are also eligible for submission.
  • The copyrights to the works submitted to the Contest belong to the participant.
  • Participants cannot withdraw submissions from the Contest once submitted.
  • Participants are responsible for saving backups of their works.
  • The Tokyo Camera Club Campaign Office cannot accept works (including data stored on storage devices) sent by post mail or directly brought to the campaign office. The campaign office will not return works sent by mail.
  • The winners shall allow Tokyo Camera Club Corporation, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, and the Tokyo Convention & Visitors Bureau (including third parties authorized by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government and the Tokyo Convention & Visitors Bureau) to use, publish, reprint, or broadcast the winning works indefinitely free of charge for public relations activities of Tokyo Camera Club Corporation, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, and the Tokyo Convention & Visitors Bureau. With prior notification, all submitted works may be used in the same manner as above. The participant shall not assert any rights based on the author's moral rights against Tokyo Camera Club Corporation, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, and the Tokyo Convention & Visitors Bureau.
  • Regarding the usage of entries as stated above, submissions may be cropped, edited, or modified using visual effects, music, and sound effects without prior approval from the participant.
  • The winners shall allow Tokyo Camera Club (including third parties authorized by Tokyo Camera Club) to use, publish, reprint, or broadcast the winner's name, winning work, and shooting location, indefinitely free of charge for an "application that shares the winner's name, photo, and shooting location" which may be provided to third parties. The winners shall not assert any rights based on the author's moral rights against Tokyo Camera Club and third parties authorized by Tokyo Camera Club.
  • Participants shall warrant that they hold all rights, including copyrights and portrait rights to the subject and portraits in their works, or that they have prior permission from the right-holders. It is the sole responsibility of the participants to confirm that their submissions do not infringe the rights of any third party. Participants are responsible for obtaining: permission to use the image of any person depicted in the works; in the case of a minor, permission from the parent or guardian; in the case of shrines, temples, or commercial facilities, prior permission for shooting and submitting to the Contest. Participants may not submit works that include advertisements, signboards, or brand logos. Participants may not submit works that offend public order and morals. Participants may not submit works that show the address of private properties.
  • Regarding the provisions in the preceding paragraph, if a third party who has seen the winning submission reports an infringement of copyright or portrait right or an invasion of privacy, the prize may be rescinded after consultation.
  • Photographing a third-party work and using it as a material to process or composite an image without permission is an infringement of copyright. Participants must obtain prior consent from the right holders.
  • Participants shall resolve any disputes with third parties regarding their submission at the participant's cost. Tokyo Camera Club Corporation, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, and the Tokyo Convention & Visitors Bureau do not hold any responsibility.
  • The organizer may delete a submission without prior notice, or rescind the prize given to a participant who has been deemed to have violated public order and morals, has defamed or caused disadvantage to other participants, or falls under the category of antisocial forces (or its equivalent).
  • The Submission Guidelines shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of Japan, and the Tokyo District Court shall have exclusive jurisdiction for the first instance over any lawsuit in connection with the Contest, or Submission Guidelines.
  • No inquiries will be accepted regarding submissions and the selection of winners.
  • Prizes are non-transferable and non-exchangeable for cash.
  • Participants shall bear all costs incurred upon submission to the Contest, excluding the award.
  • The Tokyo Camera Club Campaign Office may change the items of the Submission Guidelines of the Contest when deemed necessary and implement necessary measures to ensure the proper operation of the Contest.
  • Participants entering the Contest shall comply with the management policy of the Tokyo Camera Club Campaign Office and shall not raise any objection to its operation.
  • The Contest is organized by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government and the Tokyo Convention & Visitors Bureau, and conducted by Tokyo Camera Club. Meta Platforms, Inc. and Instagram are not affiliated with the Contest, and do not sponsor, approve, or operate the Contest in any way. Participants are deemed to have agreed that Meta Platforms, Inc. and Instagram have no involvement with the participants' submission and award.
  • In no event will Tokyo Camera Club Corporation, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government and the Tokyo Convention & Visitors Bureau be liable for any loss or damage arising out of the interruption or termination of Facebook, Instagram, and the Contest. The Contest details may be subject to change without prior notice.
  • Affiliates and employees of the organizer or affiliated companies and organizations are not eligible to enter the Contest.

Inquiries

For inquiries regarding the Contest, please contact the "Tokyo Camera Club Campaign Office" here.
*No inquiries will be accepted regarding submission evaluations and winners' selection.
*Please note that the Contest schedule is subject to change without prior notice.
*Response to inquiries may take around three business days (excluding Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays.)