TIEC Photo Contest 2023

Tokyo International Exchange Center (TIEC) has held the "Photo Contest" for international students and Japanese students who live in TIEC, and staffs of Tokyo Academic Park*.

*Tokyo Academic Park is a consortium of Tokyo International Exchange Center (TIEC), National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation (Miraikan) and National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) Tokyo Waterfront.

  • This contest is subsidized by the Nakajima Foundation

1. Organizers

2. Theme

"A scene from daily life"

3. Duration of Exhibition

Monday, November 13th, 2023 - Monday, November 27th, 2023
(Result of photo contest announced on December 14th, 2023)

4. About the Exhibition

Online Exhibition and Elevator Hall on 1st floor of Plaza Heisei

5. Exhibits

53 Photos that was taken by residents and staffs of Tokyo Academic Park.

6. Number of votes

Voting form: 217 (Number of votes)

7. 2023's Winners!

Grand Prize : Daily commute


From platform to platform, life's journey continues.

TIEC Prize : Beautiful Harmony/Reiwa


This photo is how I see Japan; a mixture of the old and the new. For a foreign resident in Tokyo, daily life in the city means learning and appreciating how the Japanese Society was able to find a harmony between its history, the present, and its future. Reiwa 令和, which means "Beautiful Harmony", also the name of Japan's current era, is a perfect description of how Japan and the people in it move forward while looking back at its meaningful past.

Miraikan Prize : A lucky cat

A cat

A cat suddenly appeared and gave me a big smile!

AIST Tokyo Waterfront Prize : A walk of a lifetime

Walking man

The photo was taken at an ancient Japanese town along the Tokaido highway. What captured my attention was the scenes of old couples walking together there. They have walked together the whole life. And that is exactly what, we, as young people nowadays, are looking for, but we might just have not known yet.

Special Prize : My Life and the dawn of Nagano


I'm traveling between Nagano and Tokyo to get my glider license. This is a photo at dawn. I will practice today as well, hoping that my dream will come true.

Honorable Mention : Sunset view of "Fugaku" from the town where I live


On a clear, sunny day, you can see the beautiful Mt.Fuji from this location. A famous ukiyo-e artist used draw this image from here.

Honorable Mention : Daily life of a bird

a sparrow with cherry blossom

While often busy our human life events, we tend to forget that other creatures around us also coexist, enjoying their own time and sometimes posing for a photo :)

Shot with Nikon D800 and Sigma 150-600mm F5-6.3, ISO3600, 1/640

Honorable Mention : Fuji's Serene Silhouette: A Glimpse from Lake Suwa


Captured in Nagano on the 13th of January 2023, this stunning photograph frames the iconic Mount Fuji between two rugged peaks, casting its majestic silhouette against the ethereal, hazy skies over Lake Suwa. A breathtaking glimpse of Japan's natural beauty.

Honorable Mention : Autumn happiness


Walking around the park, I saw a beautiful image of two girls playing with the fallen leaves!! Autumn has come again and I hope to watch this scene daily!!

Honorable Mention : Land of the Rising Moon

a moon

Beautiful sunrise was captured at the full moon time from my balcony at TIEC

Honorable Mention : Scene of Commute

Platform on subway

Everyday view of people in Tokyo using public transport to commute from one place to another.

Honorable Mention : Summer time of TIEC


I took this photo the hottest day of summer. I love summer in Japan.

Honorable Mention : sunset



Honorable Mention : A Day at Tokyo Metro

clowded station

Salarymen line up to get inside the trains of Tokyo Metro. This is a daily scene that show life as a worker in one of Japan's busiest cities.

Honorable Mention : "Everyday view from my balcony: Cotton Candy Clouds"

a summer day

Everyday, I savor my morning tea while taking in the stunning view of cotton candy clouds from my balcony.

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