"The Town of Photography” Higashikawa
In June 1985, Higashikawa was declared the only “Town of Photography” in the world, with the aim of using international
exchange and photography culture to open the town to the world and share the harmony between nature and culture
uniquely found there.
Purpose for organizing the festival
Since being declared the Town of Photography 30 years ago, “The Culture Capital of Photography” Higashikawa aims to
make the town a place of balance and harmony for the future. As the center of photo culture for people across the world,
we organize this festival to encourage students to develop friendships through photo culture and promote international
Outline for the festival
We are looking for works (a series of photos) from the countries and areas listed below, where we currently have
established international exchanges.
The preliminary selection will be held in each country and area.
The 21 selected schools from overseas (one school per country and area) and 3 selected schools from Japan will
participate in the festival in Higashikawa, the "Town of Photography".
3 Japanese schools (2 from Hokkaido and one from outside of Hokkaido) will be selected with a selection organized
by the committee.
21 school participants from overseas
▼ cities, districts and towns are designated by the organizer
||Taipei, New Taipei City, Keelung,
Taoyuan and Yilan
||Special Region of Yogyakarta
*The committee accepts application only from the city, county, and town that are listed above.
*The selection process of preliminary selection is different depending on the countries and area.
Please contact the local coordinator whose name and contact address are in Application Guidelines .