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Hariban Award 2023 – International Collotype Competition

Applications are currently accepted for the 2023 Hariban Award — a residency and exhibition competition open to all photographers working in black and white only.

The Hariban Award combines a 170-year-old analogue technique with contemporary photography. Glass plates have been used as the base for collotype printing plates which still continues today. The award is called “Hariban” as “Hari” means glass plate, and “ban” means printing plate in Japanese.

Professionals and amateurs alike are invited to submit black and white photographs for a chance to win this remarkable award.

Open to professional and amateur photographers & artist worldwide.

The 2023 Grand Prize Winner’s two-week residency in Kyoto will take place from October 2023. Flights and accommodation expenses will be paid by Benrido. The 2023 Grand Prize Winner’s collotype prints will be exhibited in a solo exhibition held in the spring of the following year after their residency is complete.

All finalists will receive a catalogue for the award printed in collotype and hand-bound by traditional binders in Kyoto, Japan. The catalogue will be published in 2024.

About Benrido & Collotype

Established in 1887, Benrido has specialised in the unique printing technique known as Collotype and today remains one of only a few studios left in the world capable of making fine colour collotype prints.

Collotype is an alternative printing process that was invented in 1855 by the French engineer Alphonse Poitevin as a method for photographic fine art printing. Photographic prints of the 19th century had poor image preservability and gradually faded and discoloured over time. To compensate for this, various printing methods using pigments were devised; one of the established techniques among them was collotype.

Hariban Award 2023 – Application Fee

A payment of US $50 is required to apply to the Hariban Award.