KYOTOGRAPHIE International Photography Festival is held annually over four weeks during the height of the spring tourist season in Kyoto, Japan and has a style that is unique in Asia. In 2016, 17 Exhibitions will be spread across the city in various traditional Japanese and contemporary architecture, accompanied by innovative scenography. The exhibitions & events create opportunities, bringing people together of all ages, cultures, and backgrounds. Now recognized as one of the world’s leading photography events, KYOTOGRAPHIE has attracted some 157,000 visitors from across Japan and overseas in three editions since 2013.
KYOTOGRAPHIE 2016 theme is “Circle of Life”. The Circle is the ultimate system, representing the birth, life, and death of all Nature’s creations. Everything is connected to this circle, intersecting and expanding. Creating a powerful pattern, showing us the fragility and beauty of our existence. Through our exhibitions everyone is invited to imagine their own role in the great ‘Circle of Life’.
KG? is the satellite event of KYOTOGRAPHIE and aim at showcasing up-and-coming photographers and curators. As the satellite event of KYOTOGRAPHIE, this event serves as a meeting spot for photographers, curators, gallerists and special guests from around the world seeking to exchange information. For this 4th edition in 2016, KG+ aim is to give new talent from Japan an international stage and to welcome international photographers from across the globe. Additionally, one of its main goals is to make photographic expression more accessible; to make the exhibits relate to people’s lives. The various venues throughout Kyoto city help to connect local communities and cultivate cultural exchange and discoveries. Each year an emerging artist from KG? is nominated for the KG?AWARD by Grand Marble. The winner will be granted an exhibition at the 2017 KYOTOGRAPHIE festival.
In many cultures and traditions the circle symbolises birth, life and death of all living beings. These different stages intertwine with one another and reveal the beauty and frailty of existence.
This contest invites you to reflect upon the relationship between birth, growth, old age, death and renewal.
The jury comprised of photographers Chris Jordan and Thierry Bouët will select the 3 best images.The 3 photos that amass the most votes will be awarded with the famous wipplayer's award.