The winners of the 2020 Tokyo International Foto Awards have been announced—these images will blow your minds!

Tokyo International Foto awards recognize, honor and connect talented photographers from around the world to new audiences and new eyes in the creative circles of Tokyo, Japan. The competition is open to everyone and we invite photographers from all over the world to enter their work. The winners receive prizes that are up to $3,000 USD.

More info: tokyofotoawards.jp

#1

Summer Fairies (Nature, Gold)

Summer Fairies (Nature, Gold)

"Himehotaru" living in the summer night forest, females cannot fly, only males, fireflies, an indigenous species of Japan, fly around the summer forest while repeating a blink of a short time, reminiscent of Christmas illumination.

Kazuaki Koseki Report

Sarjana Lastname
Community Member
1 year ago

Some reason I come very sad, touching ... fireflies are gone from everywhere. One i have seen my own eyes, they has been normal thing at past, fairy forest.

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#2

Queen (Advertising/Fashion, Bronze)

Queen (Advertising/Fashion, Bronze)

Astonishingly, the photo is not a composing. It was taken in Croatia in 12m depth. The dress is a parachute.

Christian Zink Report

WhatEvenIsLife
Community Member
1 year ago

I'd be terrified of getting tangled up in that thing and drowning. But it is a stunning picture.

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#3

Heaven On Earth (Nature, Gold)

Heaven On Earth (Nature, Gold)

"I took this picture on a November morning. It is a scenery of Mt.Fuji with red maple leaves in autumn."

Saowanee Suntararak Report

TheBookwormPotato
Community Member
1 year ago

I love the color contrast! I would totally hang this on my wall!

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#4

Kiss (Nature/Wildlife, Gold)

Kiss (Nature/Wildlife, Gold)

I had a rare opportunity to see a giraffe give birth in Masai Mara, Kenya.

Ten years ago, my retired husband and I started our journey to see the world. We have since traveled to more than 50 countries and visited African more than 20 times. We used cameras to capture what we saw. The photos became the way to express our feelings.

Hong Chen Report

TheBookwormPotato
Community Member
1 year ago

The amount of personality captured in these giraffes is stunning

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#5

Pray For Earth (Nature/Landscapes, Gold)

Pray For Earth (Nature/Landscapes, Gold)

This shot I took on the Lofoten Islands in an unknown place that I found going around the Gimsoya Islands (take part of Lofoten). That night was freezing; the temperature touched -20/-22.

Roksolyana Hilevych Report

-OldCarnival-
Community Member
1 year ago

Stunning shot!

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#6

A Sheep (Nature/Animals, 1st Place)

A Sheep (Nature/Animals, 1st Place)

Fluffiness level: 100000000!
This picture is part of a promotional work commissioned by Tuscan Organic Tours.

Claudia Guido Report

TheReader19
Community Member
1 year ago

Blimmey, they're really clean. Just have been freshly blow dried for this shoot 😂

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#7

Empire Of The Stars (Nature, 2nd Place)

Empire Of The Stars (Nature, 2nd Place)

A long exposure still time-lapse day-to-night project consisting of over 700 exposures.

Craig Bill Report

TheBookwormPotato
Community Member
1 year ago

And on the completely different note, time travelers have arrived from 3173

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#8

I Am Not Disabled (Editorial, 2nd Place)

I Am Not Disabled (Editorial, 2nd Place)

"I met in Tokyo several amputated people who were not considering themselves disabled. Dancer Koichi Omae told me, 'if you do not feel physical pain, mental suffering, or practical difficulties, you are not disabled,' he told me, 'so I am not.' Punk pop singer Masami Orimo decided not only to show her prosthesis on stage but also to play it like a stringed musical instrument. Illustrator Makiko Sugawa knows that clothes and fashion can greatly impact how a woman feels about herself. So if a woman with a disability can be "stylish," other girls in the same condition can follow her example.

I work as a hairstylist near Milan, Italy. My passions are travel and photography. My last photographic project is called skin. I wanted to tell the story of albino people and acid attacked women in India."

Silvia Alessi Report

A.M. Pierre
Community Member
1 year ago

My (2-3 years old at the time) cousin was playing with blocks at a children's museum when he saw a little girl with no arms stacking the blocks with her feet. He was, naturally, curious about this and watching her, but I saw her father tensing up nervously/protectively so I spoke up. "Wow, isn't that cool? She can build things with her feet! That's amazing! I know I couldn't do that." And my cousin is immediately, "Yeah, it is awesome! Can you teach me?" and taking off his shoes. The dad just smiled and mouthed "Thank you" to me. Any project or picture that gets people to see others as people and not as their "disabilities" is awesome.

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#9

Misty Morning (Advertising/Travel/Tourism, Silver)

Misty Morning (Advertising/Travel/Tourism, Silver)

Captured on 6th Lake in The Adirondacks. The foggy morning here creates a unique environment to explore.

Kurt Gardner Report

SeaShell
Community Member
1 year ago

It looks so isolated

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#10

Praying (People, Gold)

Praying (People, Gold)

Mt. Bromo, East Java - Indonesia.

Rudy Oei Report

Mary Rose Kent
Community Member
1 year ago

I’m impressed that in a big flat open area he knows which way is Mecca

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#11

Swamps' Colors (Nature/Trees, Gold)

Swamps' Colors (Nature/Trees, Gold)

Incredible colors of the swamps in the late autumn. Kayaking at night is an unreal experience, and these wonderful trees are unique.

Mauro Battistelli Report

Noemie Houtekie-N'Da
Community Member
1 year ago

I can just imagine a girl in an orange trailing dress and earmuffs skating here. (Yes, I am fully aware that this isn't ice. It just looks like it.) Beautiful.

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#12

The Philosopher (Nature/Pets, Gold)

The Philosopher (Nature/Pets, Gold)

My dog Lobo enjoying the view over a frozen lake. Taken and edited with iPhone 6s.

Mariko Klug Report

TheBookwormPotato
Community Member
1 year ago

The doggo looks like he just discovered a new land❤️

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#13

Roaring Storm (Nature/Seasons, Gold)

Roaring Storm (Nature/Seasons, Gold)

An image of a storm cell moving towards the Island in the Florida Keys.

Alexandru Popovski Report

Mary Rose Kent
Community Member
1 year ago

YOWZA!

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#14

Treasures (Fine Art/Collage, Gold)

Treasures (Fine Art/Collage, Gold)

Demonstrating the treasures of humanity combined with the treasures from nature. Humanity often creates treasures in their own worlds, distancing from the world around them. Each treasure confirming us as the pinnacles of creation. But with each treasure we achieve, we often forget we are connected with mother nature and that we, ourselves, are products of her grand architecture and are a part of her beautiful but fragile treasure.

Cheraine Collette Report

TheBookwormPotato
Community Member
1 year ago

This would pretty without the flamingos, but with them, I cannot upvote this enough

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#15

Keyhole (Fine Art/Landscape, Bronze)

Keyhole (Fine Art/Landscape, Bronze)

Ice Cave in Alaska's Matanuska Glacier.

Craig Bill Report

[ HoneyNutAngel ]
Community Member
1 year ago (edited)

Earth makes the best scenarios.This is truly amazing!Sadly we're killing this amazingness :(

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#16

Fishermen Of The Mangroves (Fine Art, 1st Place)

Fishermen Of The Mangroves (Fine Art, 1st Place)

They fished with hand nets for many centuries, but the insatiable public demand for fish has depleted the fish stock or spawned modern technology to fill the gap. So now, their ancient tradition has all but disappeared, leaving the last of the fisherman to re-enact their traditional skills.

Les Sharp Report

Mary Rose Kent
Community Member
1 year ago

This looks like a watercolor

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#17

Ribbon Dance (Nature/Aerial, 1st Place)

Ribbon Dance (Nature/Aerial, 1st Place)

"I loved to taking a helicopter to Lake Magadi when I travel to Kenya. The transformed patterns on the surface of the Lake with Flamingos living there are always amazed me.

The camera is my third eye to explore the wonder of the world. Although every photo I took is an expression of my feelings, what I love the most is wildlife photography. I hope to take more beautiful photos in my lifetime and leave the most lovely memories of mine to the world."

Richard Li Report

Glynna Bowood
Community Member
1 year ago (edited)

I love the colors and the swirl of the river and then to catch it all with those pink flamingos-perfection!

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#18

Quiver Tree At Night (Nature/Trees, Silver)

Quiver Tree At Night (Nature/Trees, Silver)

The amazing quiver trees in Namibia are a sight to behold. I wanted a different view and so painted the tree with a red light to show up against the starlit sky.

Gigi Williams Report

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#19

A Highway Of Flowers (Nature/Panoramic, Gold)

A Highway Of Flowers (Nature/Panoramic, Gold)

"That night, it seemed to be in front of a highway of flowers that passed under a bridge of stars.

Not a traveler, not a photographer, not a bird ... but I love to travel, to photograph and to fly."

Giorgio Graj Report

Bardhi's Dad
Community Member
1 year ago

That description is beautiful

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#20

Silent Hills (Nature/Trees, Gold)

Silent Hills (Nature/Trees, Gold)

Gentle snow-covered hills with single trees, Central Switzerland.

Manfred Zobrist Report

[ HoneyNutAngel ]
Community Member
1 year ago

Just like a fantasy..

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#21

Wave Time (Nature/Panoramic, Bronze)

Wave Time (Nature/Panoramic, Bronze)

"The Wave" Formation on Northern Arizona, USA.

Craig Bill Report

Bardhi's Dad
Community Member
1 year ago

Dreamlike

#22

Jigoku Dayu (Advertising/Fashion, Bronze)

Jigoku Dayu (Advertising/Fashion, Bronze)

Daisuke Kiyota Report

Glynna Bowood
Community Member
1 year ago

Reminds me (somehow) of that painting by Millais -Ophelia in the River.

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#23

Mursi Child (Fine Art/Portrait, Silver)

Mursi Child (Fine Art/Portrait, Silver)

The Mursi tribe is an African tribe from the isolated Omo Valley in Southern Ethiopia near the Sudan border. The photo is part of the album "Ethiopian tribes expedition" 2018.

Svetlin Yosifov Report

Kailey Anderson
Community Member
1 year ago

So serious whilst noming the horns, nom nom nommmm

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#24

Dragon's Eye (Nature/Aerial, Gold)

Dragon's Eye (Nature/Aerial, Gold)

An aerial view of bubbling hot springs deep in the Icelandic highlands. The area has a particularly high silica content, resulting in some beautifully intricate geothermal formations of polished white geyserite.

James Rushforth Report

Mary Rose Kent
Community Member
1 year ago

No explanation necessary—the title covers it perfectly!

#25

Fresh Meat (Advertising/Fashion, 1st Place)

Fresh Meat (Advertising/Fashion, 1st Place)

What do we consider beauty in 2020? With an unrelenting quest for youth, admiration, and a highly controlled self-image, how far are we straying from the maxim that "beauty is only skin deep"?

Sh Sadler Report

[ HoneyNutAngel ]
Community Member
1 year ago (edited)

Wow this seems like witchcraft! it's only like 14.99..maybe 9.99 it's called "Bad Wolfy!"

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#26

Women Protesting In Poland Over Abortion Ban (Editorial, 1st Place)

Women Protesting In Poland Over Abortion Ban (Editorial, 1st Place)

Women's strike Portraits of participants protest against the abortion ban in Szczecin, Poland, Oct. 26-30, 2020. Angered women and their supporters block rush-hour traffic in many cities of Poland. Nationwide protests against the recent court ruling that tightened further Poland's restrictive abortion law. The court effectively banned almost all abortions. The symbol of the fight was the sign of red lightning visible on the participants' faces and masks.

Bartosz Mateńko Report

Wolfstar
Community Member
1 year ago

A reminder: THAT IS NOT THE SYMBOL OF THE NAZI SS! This is lightning. The Nazi SS used a Rune.

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#27

Drying Fish (Advertising/Travel/Tourism, Silver)

Drying Fish (Advertising/Travel/Tourism, Silver)

Long Hai fish market, Ba Ria - Vung Tau, Vietnam is the place to buy and sell seafood, especially dried scad, with the scientific name of Decapterus. Thousands of fry trays are dried on rooftops and yards by hundreds of workers.

Phan Khánh Report

TheBookwormPotato
Community Member
1 year ago

This looks like a tile pattern

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#28

Great White (Nature/Underwater, Gold)

Great White (Nature/Underwater, Gold)

"What an amazing week diving with Carcharodon carcharias (great white sharks) at Guadalupe Island on the Nautilus Under Sea. You can choose to watch life through a screen or go out and live it. Diving with great whites has been a dream of mine ever since I could remember reading about Jacques-Yves Cousteau."

Brice Weaver Report

SeaShell
Community Member
1 year ago

Really highlights how stunning nature is

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#29

Urban Tetris (Fine Art/Abstract, 1st Place)

Urban Tetris (Fine Art/Abstract, 1st Place)

Urban Tetris is a photographic urban exploration project inspired by the famous block game "Tetris" in Sofia, Bulgaria.

Mariyan Atanasov Report

TheBookwormPotato
Community Member
1 year ago

Omg! This is real! I thought this was a drawing at first!

#30

Aqua Marine (Architecture, 2nd Place)

Aqua Marine (Architecture, 2nd Place)

Hotel swimming pools are always interesting, often beautifully old-fashioned and sometimes with a view overlooking the city. In this one, you can even see the famous CN Tower.

Vincent Dupont-Blackshaw Report

SirPatTheCat
Community Member
1 year ago

Looks like something out of a Wes Anderson movie

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