Japan Tourism Agency photo contest offers awesome prizes for photos of Japan

By Michelle

The Japan Tourism Agency invites you to share your WOW! moments from your time in Japan by entering their Japan Photo Contest. Photos will be voted on by other users and those with the most WOW!’s (the Facebook equivalent of likes), have a chance to win some fabulous prizes.

WOW! photos of Japan are categorized into six themes:

Cool! : Latest technology and pop culture.

Delicious! : Delicious Japanese food and other cuisines.

Happy! : Japanese hot springs and encounters with Japanese people.

Beautiful! : Beautiful scenery of Japan.

Funny! : Japan’s unique culture and customs.

Miracle! : Amazing and touching photos showing the recovery and reconstruction of the earthquake affected north of Japan.

Those interested in entering the contest can submit their WOW! photos of Japan in three ways:

1) Submit to the official contest site

2) Submit from Facebook

3) Submit from the official contest smartphone app

Grand prizes include All-you-can-eat-sushi at a Michelin Two Star restaurant, shopping in Harajuku with a “Kawaii Ambassador,” a 1-day ninja experience, and many more. All prizes include a flight to Japan and accommodation. Photographers also have a chance to win specialty goods from the Tohoku/North Kanto area awarded to the best photo taken in the region.

The Japan Photo Contest runs until Feb 15, 2013. Winners will be announced in March 2013. For more information, check out the official contest website.

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"The Japan Photo Contest runs from until Feb 15, 2013. " Moderator does it need correction?

According to the official website

"September 1, 2012 to 11.59pm, February 15, 2013 (Japan time)"

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AKBfanNov. 28, 2012 - 01:28PM JST

so this is not for residents of Japan?

English speaking people don't live in Japan! (at least that's what's implied by the prizes)

According to the official rules, only Japanese citizens are ineligible, but you can still reside in Japan.

Overall, the rules associated with this contest are brutal. They include literally every clause that photography sites explicitly state you should see as a warning that the contest is meant to be a rights grab rather than an actual contest.

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All prizes include a flight to Japan and accommodation.

so this is not for residents of Japan?

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(a) grant the Agency the perpetual right (including the right to sublicense to a third party) to use the User Content worldwide without any charge and on a non-exclusive basis (including the right to reproduce, disclose, transmit, distribute, transfer, lease, translate, and adapt), (b) agree not to exercise the moral rights of the author against the Agency

Looks like another idiot only contest from the terms. Basically, even if you don't win you lose copyright over your work (legally equivalent, since they post to facebook using your agreement) and they can use it all they want.

Always look at the fine print people, this is NOT a contest you should enter with good photos, only with those you really could care less about.

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heretoolong: I guess they are trying to cater to what they think foreigners like...sushi, kawaii, ninjas... Hopefully the winner gets to choose their prize. I know I would be going for the ninja thing myself as the other 2 would make me sick.

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A "kawaii ambassador"?!?! I can't think of anything lamer...unless it happened to be somebody from AKB48 or HKT48. I guess everybody has different definitions of "awesome." The RT flight is cool, but the rest...

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