The winners were announced on September 1, 2023. For more information, please click here.

About


Presented by Benrido, the Hariban Award combines a 170-year-old analogue technique with contemporary photography. Glass plates have been used as the base for collotype printing plates which still continues today. The award is called “Hariban” as “Hari” means glass plate, and “ban” means printing plate in Japanese. This Award invites professionals and amateurs alike to submit black and white photographs for a chance to win. Submissions are judged by an international group of Jurors, and the Grand Prize Winner receives a two-week residency in Kyoto, Japan, to collaborate with the master printers of Benrido.

BENRIDO & COLLOTYPE


Established in 1887, Benrido has specialised in the unique printing technique known as Collotype and today remains one of only a few studios left in the world capable of making fine colour collotype prints.

Collotype is an alternative printing process that was invented in 1855 by the French engineer Alphonse Poitevin as a method for photographic fine art printing. Photographic prints of the 19th century had poor image preservability and gradually faded and discoloured over time. To compensate for this, various printing methods using pigments were devised; one of the established techniques among them was collotype.

PRIZES

 

Grand Prize Winner

Two-week residency 

The 2023 Grand Prize Winner’s two-week residency in Kyoto will take place from October 2023. Flights and accommodation expenses will be paid by Benrido.

Activities of the winner during the stay in Kyoto

– The Grand Prize Winner will collaborate with the Master Printer of the Benrido Collotype Atelier during the stay in Kyoto. Working closely with printers, the Winner will produce eight collotype prints of the award-winning works.
– The Grand Prize Winner will learn about the origins of the collotype and how it is made through the Collotype Academy’s collotype hand-printing workshop. The winner will receive one postcard-size plate and one 8×10 inch plate at the beginning of the workshop.
*Flights, accommodation, and production expenses will be provided. (Details to be determined with the Grand Prize Winner)

Solo Exhibition

The 2023 Grand Prize Winner’s collotype prints will be exhibited in a solo exhibition held in the spring of the following year after their residency is complete.

Juror’s Choice Award

An applicant will be selected from the pool of submissions by each Juror as their nomination for the Juror’s Choice Award. The Juror’s Choice Award winners will receive a dedicated text by their respective nominators that will be printed and published along with a selection of their work in the official Hariban Award Catalogue. All Juror’s Choice Award winners will also receive copies of the limited-edition award catalogue for their personal use.

Additionally, as an extra prize in commemoration of the 10th Hariban Award, 2023,
the winner can make 8×10 inch (1 image/10 sheets) or postcardsize (1 image/100 sheets) collotype prints using COLLO-FULL*1.

Benrido Award

Selected by Benrido CEO Takumi Suzuki, the Benrido Award winner will receive a dedicated text written by Mr. Suzuki and will have an image printed and published in collotype within the official Hariban Award catalogue. The Benrido Award winner will also receive a copy of the catalogue for their personal use.

Additionally, as an extra prize in commemoration of the 10th Hariban Award, 2023, the winner can make 8×10 inch (1 image/10 sheets) or postcardsize (1 image/100 sheets) collotype prints using COLLO-FULL*1.

Honourable Mentions

Runners-up from the final round of judging will be given Honourable Mentions. An image of their submitted work will be printed and published within the official Hariban Award catalogue. The runners-up will also receive copies of the catalogue for their personal use.

Additionally, as an extra prize in commemoration of the 10th Hariban Award, 2023, the winner can make postcard-size (1 image/100 sheets) collotype prints using COLLO-FULL*1.

*1 COLLO-FULL: 
Automated Collotype Ordering System 

For All Winner:
HARIBAN AWARD Official Catalogue 2023

All finalists will receive a catalogue for the award printed in collotype and hand-bound by traditional binders in Kyoto, Japan. The catalogue will be published in 2024.

 
 
 
 

APPLICATION INFORMATION

Call for submissions begins: 

1. April 2023

Call for submissions ends: 

30 June 2023

* Extended application deadline
* Important Notice: Applications will close following Japan Standard Time (30/06/2023, 23:59 JST). The deadline times on Picter are converted to the timezone of your computer. Please take the time difference into consideration should you be applying from outside of Japan. Applications will not be accepted after the deadline has passed.

 

Eligibility

Open to professional and amateur photographers & artist from anywhere in the world.

 

Theme

Free

 

Submit

8 – 12 images / black & white

 

* Format;  min. 1500px long side / 72dpi / sRGB, Gray 

 

Applications Fee

US$50

 
* The early bird application fee is US$40 from April 1 to April 30, 2023. The application fee will be US$50 starting from 23:59 on April 30, 2023, JST (Japan Standard Time).
 

 

Requirements for submitting

* Once you have completed your application, you will not be able to edit it again.

Profile

First name, last name
Birthday
Nationality
Postal address
Biography
(max. 1500 characters)
cv

Single image


Image title
Year of creation
Place of creation

Project

Project title
Year of creation
Place of creation
Project description

Jurors

Image © Guram Muradov (original portrait has been cropped and colour edited for award programming). 

Nestan Nijaradze

Co-Founder and Artistic Director of Tbilisi Photo Festival and Tbilisi Photography & Multimedia Museum

Nestan Nijaradze born in 1971 in Tbilisi, Georgia. After graduating from the Faculty of Journalism at the Tbilisi State University, Georgia and obtaining a Master’s degree in Cinema and Audio-Visual Studies at Paris University (Paris VII) in 2003, Nestan Nijaradze returned to Tbilisi and started working as a photo curator, contributing to the promotion of the rich traditions of Georgian visual culture on local, regional and international levels. 

Nestan Nijaradze is the Co-Founder and Artistic Director of Tbilisi Photography & Multimedia Museum ― the first Georgian institution dedicated to the contemporary image in its different forms ― photography, video, and new media the first international photography festival in Georgia created in partnership with Les Rencontres dArles in 2010.

Rei Masuda

the Curator of Photography at The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo

Rei Masuda is the Curator of Photography at The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo. Since entering the museum in 1992, he has been in charge of its photography collection and the curation of its photography exhibitions. His curated exhibitions include Kiyoji Ohtsuji Retrospective―Experimental Workshop of Photography” (1999), Zwischen Wirklichkeit und Bild: Positionen deutscher Fotografie der Gegenwart” (2005), Yutaka Takanashi: Field Notes of Light” (2009), Suzuki Kiyoshi: Hundred Steps and Thousand Stories” (2010), Narahara Ikko: Domains” (2014), and Thomas Ruff” (2016). Masuda completed the Masters Program in Area Studies at the University of Tsukuba.

Awoiska van der Molen

Artist

Awoiska van der Molen is a Dutch artist living in Amsterdam. In 2003, she graduated with an MFA in Photography at the Breda St. Joost Academy in the Netherlands. She is known for her monumental black-and-white images of the natural world. Her work has been exhibited at numerous institutions worldwide. In 2019 Van der Molen was shortlisted for the Prix Pictet prize and in 2017 for the Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize. Van der Molen was the Grand Prize Winner of the very first Hariban Award in 2014.

Image © Sarah Greene (original portrait has been cropped and colour edited for award programming). 

Sarah Greene

Founder and Director of Blue Lotus Gallery & Editions, Hong Kong

Sarah Greene graduated in 1998 with a Masters Degree from the University of Ghent in Asian Arts and Cultures. She founded Blue Lotus Gallery in 2007 in Hong Kong, originally to support local talent in varied media. Currently, Blue Lotus Gallery is focusing on photography only, expressing Hong Kongs culture and identity through various exhibitions and book projects. Greene has been instrumental in launching the careers of Hong Kong’s emerging photography talent, such as Romain Jacquet-Lagrèze, Tugo Cheng, KC Kwan and Christopher Button. The gallery also represents world-renowned artists such as Fan Ho, Greg Girard and Ian Lambot. In 2022 Blue Lotus expanded with a publishing program named blue lotus editions, creating a collection of visual stories related to Hong Kong and beyond.

Schedule


Call for submissions begins:

1 April 2023

            |
Call for submissions ends:
23:59 June 30, 2023 JST (Japan Standard Time)

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Judging will be closed to the public

*No shortlist will be announced

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Winner Announcement:

Early September 2023

  • Grand Prize Winners residency at the Benrido Atelier: October 2023 onwards
  • Solo Exhibition for the Grand Prize Winner: Spring 2024
  • The Hariban Award 2023 Official Catalogue will be published in April 2024.
Regarding Time Difference:
 
The applications will close following Japan Standard Time (JST). Please take the time difference into consideration should you be applying from outside of JapanApplications will not be accepted after the deadline has passed.

Judging Process


First Round

All four Jurors take part in the First Round of Judging. Points are given to each submission from a 0–5 star rating. The submissions that pass the First Round of Judging from the accumulation of points will proceed to the Final Round. All judging will be carried out individually online by each Juror.

Final Round

All four Jurors will take part in the Final Round of Judging to determine the Grand Prize Winner and Finalists. Points are given to each submission within the Final Round of Judging from a 0–5 star rating. The submission with the highest overall points from the accumulated scores from all four jurors will be awarded the Grand Prize. The Judging will be carried out individually online by each Juror.

 
*A preliminary selection will be made by Benrido, Inc., if a large amount of applications are received

 

FAQ

Most frequent questions and answers

*Important Notice:
Applications will close following Japan Standard Time (30/06/2023, 23:59 JST). The deadline times on Picter are converted to the timezone of your computer. Please take the time difference into consideration should you be applying from outside of Japan. Applications will not be accepted after the deadline has passed.

Q. Can I submit more than 12 photos by completing more than one entry form?

A. No. Each artist is limited to one entry.

Q. Should I submit twelve photos from one series, or can I include work from a variety of projects?

A. The selection of photos is entirely yours, however, in our opinion, a coherent series generally makes a stronger impression.

Q. May I submit photos depicting nudity or other controversial subjects?

A. We will gladly accept any images that are not blatantly exploitative or overtly offensive.

Q. Will you accept analogue submissions such as slides?

A. Unfortunately, we are only able to accept digital images submitted using our online form. (All submissions must be made digitally regardless of whether shot on analogue or digital).

Q. What are the details of the winners trip to Kyoto?

A. The recipient of the Hariban Award 2023 will receive an expenses-paid trip to Kyoto for two weeks from October 2023 to work with the Benrido printers. The prints will be exhibited in the winners solo exhibition in 2024 *For the exhibition, the artist will be responsible for their own travel expenses to attend the exhibition. The exact date for the exhibition is to be announced once the residency is completed.

Q. As restrictions on international travel related to the covid-19 pandemic have eased, will the residency and award programme be carried out as before?

A. We cannot predict the impact of the spread of the new coronavirus. The open call will be carried out following the usual schedule. Applicants will be able to submit from 1 April 2023 – 30 June 2023. Once the results of this year’s Award are announced, arrangements for the residency, travel and exhibition details will be coordinated together with the Grand Prize Winner following international and local safety guidelines.

 

*Should you have any questions on how the Covid-19 pandemic may impact your application, contact us directly at haribanaward@benrido.co.jp

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