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FINAL DEADLINE TO SUBMIT IS 11:59 PM on December 31, 2023


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 FPA Professional Food Photography Awards 2023 

In 2023, the General Incorporated Association, Japan Food Photographer Association, will host its inaugural cooking photography contest: FPA Professional Food Photography Awards 2023. Aiming to elevate the cultural momentum of food photography, we promise that this award will hold significant value for all food photographers. We eagerly await entries from both professionals and amateurs from around the world.

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Contest Guidelines

Food Photography

Photos related to food, such as dishes, food items, and table photography

No age limit on submissions
Open to amateur and professional artists
All nationalities are eligible
Open to artists from all the countries of the world

Submission Deadline
December 31, 2023

You may submit entries as many times as you like during the submission period

Announcement of Winners
Winners and finalists are planned to be announced in late January 2024

FPA  Food  Photographer of the year 2023  (Professional category)
Prize money: $350

・FPA  Food  Photographer of the year 2023  (Non-professional category)
Prize money: $200


One person per category

・Special Jury Prize
One person per category

Finalists from each category will either win the top prize, the best stylist, the special jury prize, or be selected as honorable mentions. Additionally, as a supplementary reward, winners will be presented with a certificate and a logo symbolizing their victory.


Early Entry

Entries for September & October



Regular Entry

Entries for November & December



Non Professional

Photos taken with smartphones are also eligible for submission. We look forward to entries from individuals with diverse backgrounds.

Early Entry

Entries for September & October


Non Professional

Regular Entry

Entries for November & December


Non Professional

FINAL DEADLINE TO SUBMIT IS 11:59 PM on December 31, 2023

Judging Criteria


Does the photo astonish the viewer with unexpected angles or expressions?


Does the photo convey more than just the dish, perhaps a story or a cultural context? Evaluation of its narrative quality.

Thematic Clarity:

Is the overall theme or concept of the photo clear?


Does it possess a style or technique that differentiates it from other photos?


Does the photo reflect the emotions or thoughts of the photographer and move the viewer?


Is the photo taken from a fresh idea or unique perspective? Does it stand apart from the rest?

Overall Photographic Strength:

Does the photo exhibit quality in its overall composition, color scheme, brightness, and techniques?

Emotional Impact:

Does the work evoke emotions or moods in the viewer?


We wholeheartedly welcome challenges in food photography!

The criteria we've set are guidelines intended to honor the multifaceted appeal of food photography and to ensure a fair evaluation. However, these criteria are not meant to be definitive or limiting. What we truly anticipate is photography that expresses each photographer's unique perspective, passion, and love for food. Some of you might wonder if your works meet these criteria, but regardless of your approach or style, we genuinely wish to see the stories and emotions imbued in your food photos.

To expand the horizons of food photography culture together, we eagerly await submissions from photographers of all levels, from novices to professionals.

FPA Professional food photography awards

FPA Awards (Professional Food Photography Awards) serve as a platform to celebrate and enhance the allure and value of food photography.

This contest embodies the following objectives and significance

Improvement in Food Photography Techniques and Cultural Value:

Food photographers elevate their skills and pursue creative approaches, expressing the deliciousness and essence of food in the best possible manner. This amplifies the cultural value of food photos, giving birth to works that deeply impress viewers.

International Exchange among Food Photography Enthusiasts:

FPA Awards connect food photography enthusiasts worldwide, offering a space to share diverse cultures and perspectives. This promotes cross-border communication and understanding, enriching the worlds of food and photography.

Enhancing Branding Value for Food Photographers:

The contest recognizes the talents and skills of food photographers, emphasizing their professionalism and uniqueness. This enhances their personal branding and career prospects, providing an opportunity to establish themselves as respected members of the industry.

Promotion and Respect for Culinary Culture:

Food photographers have a mission not only to depict deliciousness but also the history and stories behind dishes. The awards help in spreading culinary culture globally, fostering deeper respect and understanding towards food.

Matching Clients with Food Photographers:

The awards serve as a meeting point for clients and food photographers. Photographers with exceptional quality and creativity appeal to clients, aiding in finding the perfect partner for projects.

Contribution from Professionals and Amateurs:

By allowing participation from all levels of food photographers, the contest contributes to the growth of food photography culture. The blend of professional advice and fresh ideas from amateurs spurs overall industry growth.

FPA Awards (Professional Food Photography Awards) explore the allure and cultural significance of food through the powerful fusion of gourmet and photography, offering a fresh perspective to the world.


① Regarding the data requirements, it mentions a long side of 2000 pixels, sRGB, jpg, and a maximum of 4MB per file. Is there a specific resolution requirement like 72dpi or 350dpi?


→ There is no specified resolution requirement for submission. (If the resolution is insufficient when introducing the winning entry on the WEB or elsewhere, we may request that you resubmit the data at a specified resolution.)



② When I compress to JPEG, the file inevitably becomes about 2-3MB. Will a smaller MB size affect the judgment?


→ The photo data size, or having a smaller MB count, will not affect the evaluation in any way. 

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