Call for Submissions: JAPAN PARADE ART CONTEST 2023

Call for Submissions: JAPAN PARADE ART CONTEST 2023


Call Type Competition
Call Eligibility National
Entry Dates 12/20/22, 2:56 PM - 1/20/23, 11:59 PM 322 Days Left
Entry Fee? No
Call for Submissions: JAPAN PARADE ART CONTEST 2023

New York United States


We’re thrilled to announce that the “Japan Parade Art Contest 2023” application is now open. It’s time to show us your ideas and creativity!

Our Art Contest began in 2012 as the Japan Day Art Contest, when we first invited the public to submit illustrations for our official posters, flyers, and programs. The contest was such a success, resulting in so many splendid entries and yielding such wonderful winning artwork, that we decided to make the art contest an annual part of the Japan Day event. This year marks the 11th annual Art Contest and the second Japan Parade Art Contest, and we can’t wait to see your work!

About “Japan Parade”
Japan Day @ Central Park was an annual event celebrating Japanese culture, art, and tradition in Central Park since 2007, with three objectives: to promote cultural exchanges between Japan and the U.S., to express appreciation for New York City, and to strengthen the solidarity of the Japanese-American community.

After years of cancellations due to the coronavirus pandemic, the event was reborn as the Japan Parade in 2022, with the inaugural parade being a fantastic success. The Japan Parade will return in 2023, and with the help of your artwork, we hope to make it every bit as memorable and enjoyable as the first.

The application’s details are as follows.
Deadline: Friday, January 20th, 2023

Theme: Japan, New York and Parade

?We ask participants to create artwork incorporating all three main visual themes.

<Submission Guidelines>

JPEG format, portrait orientation, actual size H24” x W18”
Initial submission must be under 2MB
Prize Winners will be later asked to send full resolution versions
2D work only
Artwork must be the original creation of the artist
Only one entry per artist
NOTE: Artwork must be able to be transferred to a digital format in high resolution. Unfortunately, we cannot accept media such as paintings that cannot be digitized to be true to their original.

<Application Fee>

One (1) Grand Prize Winner

One (1) Second Prize Winner

Four (4) Honorable Mention Winners

Grand Prize Winner:

Two (2) economy class round-trip tickets between New York and Tokyo (ANA / All Nippon Airways Co., Ltd.)

Second Prize Winner:

One (1) night at a Japanese-style Bed and Breakfast in CT (O gawa shou)

Grand Prize Winner, Second Prize Winner, All Honorable Mention Winners:


The chosen artwork will be used for the event’s collateral materials (poster, official program, T-shirt, etc.).

Artists must be available to accept their prizes on the day of the event.

The final layout and design of collateral materials that utilize submitted artwork will be created and approved by Japan Day Inc. and does not require artist approval for publication.

By submitting their artwork, artists grant Japan Day Inc. the right to use their work for the purpose of marketing, exhibition, and other Japan Day related uses.

Artwork that has been submitted to previous contests and/or was previously shown or published

Artwork that violates copyrights, intellectual property rights, and/or any related rights of a third party (i.e. the use of existing anime characters would be a violation of copyrights)

Artwork containing explicit sexuality, violence, or any discriminatory elements

Posted on: 12/20/22, 7:58 PM