2021 Karuizawa Photo Contest: Held on Instagram!


2021 Karuizawa Photo Contest
Held at Instagram!

*Click on the image to open the PDF file.

We are looking for entries under the four themes of “spring,” “summer,” “autumn,” and “winter” in Karuizawa.

1. photograph a moment in Karuizawa that you feel “nice! The moment when I felt “nice” in Karuizawa.
Follow the official Karuizawa Photo Contest account on your Instagram account.
(@Karuizawaphoto.official /)
3. Post photos taken in Karuizawa Town to Instgram with the hashtag “#2021Karuizawa Photo Contest” or “#2021karuizawaphotocontest”. For photos taken at Karuizawa Prince Hotel and Karuizawa Prince Hotel Ski Resort, please add “#Karuizawa Prince Hotel” in addition.

We will repost the works that match the theme from among the submitted photos on the official Karuizawa Photo Contest account as needed.
The Grand Prix, Spring Prize, Summer Prize, Autumn Prize, Winter Prize, and Karuizawa Prince Hotel Prize will also be selected.

closing day

Friday, February 4, 2022

Announcement of results

Around the end of February 2022 (scheduled)
The photographer of the winning entry will be contacted by the contest committee via SNS direct message.

Award Summary

Grand Prix (1) : 30,000 yen
Spring prize, Summer prize, Autumn prize, Winter prize (1 each): 5,000 yen gift certificate for each prize
Karuizawa Prince Hotel Prize (4 prizes): 2 pairs of tickets for a stay at the hotel and 2 pairs of tickets for a lunch.
Sponsor’s Special Prize (4): to be announced on Instagram as soon as they are determined
Luiza-chan Prize (10 prizes): Luiza goods from Karuizawa Tourism Association (slim bottle, bear bell, sticker *You cannot choose the contents of the goods. Please understand)
Winning entries will be announced on the Karuizawa Tourism Association website and official SNS account. Entries will also be used in publicity and other activities.
*Prizes and merchandise must be shipped to domestic destinations only.


Friday, February 4, 2022


Late Feb. 2022
The photographer of the winning entry will be contacted by the contest committee via SNS direct message.

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Follow the official Karuizawa Photo Contest Instagram and post photos taken in Karuizawa with the hashtags “#Karuizawa Photo Contest” or “#2021karuizawaphotocontest”. For photos taken at Karuizawa Prince Hotel and Karuizawa Prince Hotel Ski Resort, please add “#Karuizawa Prince Hotel” in addition.


Everyone is welcome to apply, regardless of professional or amateur, nationality, gender, or age.

Application Rules

Up to 5 entries per person, no group photos.
Entries must have been taken by the submitter themselves between April 1, 2021 and February 4, 2022, and must not have been previously published. Please note that the year to be used in the hashtag should be 2021, even if the photo was taken in the year 2022.
Photos that are composites or extremely processed will not be considered (brightness, saturation, etc. adjustments and cropping within the scope of development are acceptable).
Must be following the official Instagram (@karuizawaphoto.official) of the Karuizawa Photo Contest to be connected by photos.

Notes on Application

Copyrights to all entries and prize-winning works belong to the photographers.
The organizer and sponsors may use the winning entries free of charge for the purpose of promoting tourism in Karuizawa, in media such as PR magazines and websites, in collections of works, in exhibitions, and in displays at other facilities, etc., provided that the photographer’s name or pseudonym is indicated. In addition, the images may be cropped, color-corrected, or otherwise modified as necessary.
The winning entries must be submitted as data, so please save the original data.
If a third party’s permission (portrait rights) is required, it is the responsibility of the entrant to obtain such permission before submitting the entry. The organizer will not be responsible for any complaints or objections from third parties regarding infringement of their rights or compensation for damages in connection with the entries or prize-winning works. The entrant shall be responsible for resolving any such issues.
Entries and prize-winning entries will be invalidated if they are taken in prohibited areas, offensive to public order and morals, defamatory of others, or otherwise deemed inappropriate by the organizer.
By submitting your work, you agree to be bound by the terms and conditions of the competition.
Please be advised that this photo contest is not supported, endorsed, operated or administered by Instagram.

Additional information! On October 30, the Karuizawa Photo Club and the Genki by Photo Project will co-host a photo session in Karuizawa, where the autumn leaves are in full bloom, for the first time in many years. Let’s enjoy photographing Karuizawa’s autumn foliage outdoors and avoiding the density of the city. https://fb. me/e/1Nfv7WExD The Tourist Association is also holding the Karuizawa Photo Contest. In the photo session, as a mission: “The Beauty of Karuizawa” will be set. The mission photo will be eligible for the Mission Photo Prize at the Karuizawa Photo Contest. Mission: No entry fee is required, and participants will meet at the Karuizawa Tourist Association on October 30 at 10:00 a.m. The detailed course will be announced later. Detailed course will be announced later.

Contact information for inquiries

Organized by: Karuizawa Tourist Association
Karuizawa Tourism Promotion Center, 470-3, Karuizawa-cho, Kitasaku-gun, Nagano 389-0102, Japan
TEL 0267-41-3850 FAX 0267-41-3851

Karusawa Photography Contest Awards Winners and Exhibitions for 2020

Exhibition Location
Karuizawa Kanko Kaikan
Fee: Free of charge

From September 22, 2021

9:00 – 16:30 (11:00 start only on September 22)

Pickup Site