2024 Karuizawa Photo Contest was held!


2024 Karuizawa Photo Contest
Held at Instagram!

Theme: “Karuizawa I want to see again,” “The colors of Karuizawa

How to participate

1. Photograph “nice” moments in Karuizawa.
2. Follow the official Karuizawa Photo Contest account @karuizawaphoto.official on your own Instagram account.
3. Post photos taken in Karuizawa on Instagram with the hashtag #2024karuizawaphotocontest.
4. We will repost the photos that match the theme of the contest on the official Karuizawa Photo Contest account from time to time. The photographer of the winning photo will be contacted by the contest committee via SNS direct message.

closing day

Sunday, February 2, 2025

Announcement of results

Around the end of February 2025 (scheduled)
The photographer of the winning entry will be contacted by the contest committee via SNS direct message.

Award Summary

Grand Prix (1) : 20,000 yen

Karuizawa Prize to see Karuizawa again (2 prizes) : 5,000 yen

Karuizawa Color Prize (2 prizes) : 5,000 yen

Beautiful Village” Award (2 prizes): 3,000 yen
Winter Stories Special Prize (4 items): Prizes, etc.
Honorable Mention Award (30 entries): web announcement only
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.

[Apply to

Karuizawa Photo Contest Official Instagram

and post a photo taken in Karuizawa with the hashtag #2024karuizawaphotocontest. Entry is complete once you have posted your photo with the hashtag.

Click here for detailed instructions on how to register and apply for Instagram (PDF)


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

Application Rules

Entries must have been taken by the submitter himself/herself between February 3, 2024 and February 2, 2025, and must not have been previously published. Please use the hashtag #2024karuizawaphotocontest for all entries, even if they were taken in 2025.
Photos that are composites or extremely processed will not be considered (brightness, saturation, etc. adjustments and cropping within the scope of development are acceptable).

Karuizawa Photo Contest Official Instagram (@karuizawaphoto.official)
You must be following @karuizawaphoto.official.
If you are submitting your own prints, scan or photograph the originals before submitting them.

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.
If multiple photos are submitted in a single submission, the first photo will be considered the entry.

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

Another photo exhibition, 2024 Karuizawa Foto Fest (KFF2024)

This is a photography festival created by your photos, and it conveys the charm and power of photography to as many people as possible.
Dates of the open-air exhibition: April 27 – May 26, 2024,
Exhibition venues will be Yagasaki Park and Oiwake Park as public facilities.
For more information →.

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