Who Won The Grand Prize?

See all the entries by clicking on the link below: https://www.flickr.com/photos/jcccnc/albums/72157687335309806/with/36317009392/

Opening exhibit featuring photos from the Nikkei Photo Contest 2017

The Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California (JCCCNC) will be hosting a Nikkei Photo Contest Exhibit.  The exhibit will display photo submissions from the Nikkei Photo Contest 2017 with the theme of Japanese American cultural heritage.  The exhibit will feature all submissions, as well as the seven winners. The seven winners are listed below:

Grand Prize:  Miles Y., Executive Order 9066”
 Finalists:  Mark K., “Pride” /  Elijah A., “The Girl from Tancha” / Erik N., “The Meaning of Obon”
Honorable Mentions:  Stephen S., “Sunrise, I Rei To (Soul Consoling Tower), Cemetery, Manzanar, California. 6:17 a.m., 1 April, 2014”  /  Grant E., “Sunset Festival Dancing”  /  Brian K., “心から– From the Heart”

The exhibit will be held at the JCCCNC on Saturday, August 12, 2017 from 3 P.M. to 6 P.M.  The exhibit is an open galleria, and we welcome anyone to join us in celebrating the submissions. At 4:00 P.M., the winners will be formally announced and presented with awards.  Refreshments and hors d’oeuvres will be served. The photos will be displayed for a month after the opening exhibit.

The judging process considered the quality of the photo and written caption, the content of the photo and written caption, and the unity between the photo and written caption. The judges came from diverse backgrounds and professions to ensure different angles when choosing the awards. Judges were also blind to the contestant names.

Edited (08/08/17)


Theme: What does Japanese American cultural heritage mean to you?

How to enter:

  1. Capture a photo
  2. Write a short, meaningful paragraph on how the photo relates to Japanese American culture
  3. Email your photo to photocontest@jcccnc.org with your full name in the Subject line
  4. Complete the online entry form

Deadline: Saturday, July 22 at 8pm PST

  • You do not need to be a professional photographer!
  • Japanese ancestry is not required. It is open to all backgrounds with a connection to the Japanese American culture.
  • We encourage all ages and generations to apply.

The JCCCNC is sponsoring a photo contest with the prompt: “What does Japanese American cultural heritage mean to you?” The goal of the contest is to examine how the community defines and celebrates Japanese American “cultural heritage.”

TAKE A PHOTO, TELL ITS STORY TO WIN $500 – The grand prize winner will receive $500. Three Finalists will be awarded $250 each, and 3 Honorable Mentions will be awarded $100 each. Judges will consider the meaningfulness of the description, the content of the photo, the connection between the photo and the description, and image quality.

This contest is both an opportunity to celebrate and share culture with others, but it is also a thought exercise to encourage discussion and conversation surrounding cultural heritage. The theme is intentionally broad to encourage a wide variety of memories, stories, and creative angles. Everyone has their own unique story, now is your chance to tell it!