Promoting an annual project to disseminate the charm of the “Sites of Japan’s Meiji Industrial Revolution” | The first step is a photo contest, soliciting photographic works of 23 constituent assets nationwide
~ The prize will be a travel ticket worth 100,000 yen and will be used for SNS and transit advertisements at major stations nationwide ~
Amana Co., Ltd. (head office: Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo, President and Group CEO Hironobu Shindo, hereinafter referred to as “Amana”), which creatively realizes communication innovation, will start in 2022 with the “Sites of Japan’s Meiji Industrial Revolution” World Heritage Council. , has started an annual project to promote the appeal of Japan’s Meiji Industrial Revolution Sites Iron and Steel,
Shipbuilding, and Coal Industry.
This time, as the first promotional measure handled by this project, the “Japan’s Meiji Industrial Revolution Heritage Photo Contest” will be held. We are looking for photographic works that capture the sensibility of each participant, targeting 23 constituent assets* scattered throughout the country.
*Constituent assets are various assets that have common value and constitute a single World Heritage Site.
The Amana Group organizes a dedicated team to support the regional revitalization of local governments nationwide, and participates in various appealing projects. We are developing partner activities through communication design, such as promotion planning, consulting and production support for highly sympathetic visual expressions. The “Sites of Japan’s Meiji Industrial Revolution” will soon celebrate its 10th anniversary since it was registered as a World Heritage Site in 2015. Towards the milestone year of 2025, the “Sites of Japan’s Meiji Industrial Revolution” World Heritage Council and Amana will implement multiple measures based on the concept of “multi-layered value.”
The photo contest is an event held as part of these activities. We aim to rediscover the appeal of World Heritage sites through photographs taken with various sensibilities, and to lead to new communication that will be implemented in the future.
[About “Sites of Japan’s Meiji Industrial Revolution”]
”Sites of Japan’s Meiji Industrial Revolution Steelmaking,
Shipbuilding, Coal Industry” was registered as a World Cultural Heritage Site in July 2015. Twenty-three constituent assets scattered in eight prefectures and eleven cities possess universal value as a single World Heritage Site. A group of industrial heritage sites that played an important role in the modernization of Japan after the Meiji era.The process of industrialization achieved in just over 50 years from the latter half of the 19th century to the beginning of the 20th century is unprecedented in the world. It tells a story.
[About the Meiji Japan Industrial Revolution Heritage Photo Contest] This is an online photo contest that anyone can enter. The theme of the entry is “Connect”. “Sites of Japan’s Meiji Industrial Revolution” is a single World Heritage Site consisting of 23 constituent assets nationwide, including assets currently in operation. We are looking for works that continue to tell the history of more than 100 years, and express heritage that “connects” across areas and times. Regardless of whether you are a professional or an amateur, you can feel free to apply, from self-confident photos taken with your favorite machine to photos that you unexpectedly took well with your smartphone. In addition to prizes such as travel tickets, excellent works in the contest are scheduled to be adopted for SNS and transit advertisements at major stations nationwide.
Event name: “Japan’s Meiji Industrial Revolution Heritage Photo Contest” Period: December 1, 2022 (Thursday) to February 28, 2023 (Thursday) Shooting target: 23 constituent assets scattered in 11 cities in 8 prefectures nationwide
※There are some places where shooting is currently not possible. Please check the website for details.
Application theme: “Connect”
Application fee: Free
Prizes: Grand Prize – 1 work – 100,000 yen travel voucher
Excellence Award-2 works-Travel ticket worth 50,000 yen Area Award-8 works-Assortment of special products from the winning area (equivalent to 15,000 yen)
Judges: “Sites of Japan’s Meiji Industrial Revolution” World Heritage Council, Kenji Yamamura (photographer), Kusamoto Takahashi (Amana Inc. Photographer)
Organizer: “Sites of Japan’s Meiji Industrial Revolution” World Heritage Council Contact: “Sites of Japan’s Meiji Industrial Revolution” World Heritage Council Secretariat (Kagoshima Prefectural World Cultural Heritage Office)
* Event details and prizes are subject to change without notice. ▼Judges
・”Sites of Japan’s Meiji Industrial Revolution” World Heritage Council This is an organization that promotes the management and preservation of the World Cultural Heritage Sites of Japan’s Meiji Industrial Revolution: iron and steel, shipbuilding, and coal industries, as well as promoting understanding and disseminating information.
*Component municipalities (8 prefectures and 11 cities)
Fukuoka Prefecture (Kitakyushu City, Omuta City, Nakama City), Saga Prefecture (Saga City), Nagasaki Prefecture (Nagasaki City), Kumamoto Prefecture (Arao City, Uki City), Kagoshima Prefecture (Kagoshima City), Prefecture (Hagi City) , Iwate Prefecture (Kamaishi City), Shizuoka Prefecture (Izunokuni City)
・ Kenji Yamamura (photographer)
In January 2013, I was fascinated by a postcard in Big Sur in California, USA and started taking landscape photographs. Since then, he has traveled around the world, including Japan’s 47 prefectures, the United States, Northern Europe, and New Zealand, photographing spectacular scenery, and continues to do so today. He also founded PASHADELIC, a photography service that shares three recipes for landscape photography: when, where, and what can be taken. He has more than 150,000 followers on SNS and is also active as an influencer. ・ Kusamoto Takahashi (photographer)
Belongs to Amana Co., Ltd. Studied design and programming at university, became fascinated by photography, which started as a hobby, and spends his days taking snapshots every day. After joining Amana, he learned lighting techniques in the studio, and has strengths in the geometric perspective he acquired at university and the sensory elements cultivated through snapshots.
[About constituent assets]
1-1 Hagi Reverberatory Furnace (Hagi City, Prefecture) 1-2 Ebisugahana Shipyard Ruins (Hagi City, Prefecture) 1-3 Oitayama Tatara Ironworks Ruins (Hagi City, Prefecture) 1-4 Hagi Castle Town (Hagi City, Prefecture)
1-5 Shokasonjuku (Hagi City, Prefecture)
2-1 Former Shuseikan｜Former Shuseikan Reverberatory Furnace Site, Former Shuseikan Machinery Factory, Former Kagoshima Spinning Factory Engineer’s Museum (Kagoshima City, Kagoshima Prefecture)
2-2Terayama Charcoal Kiln Site (Kagoshima City, Kagoshima Prefecture) 2-3 Sekiyoshi Canal (Kagoshima City, Kagoshima Prefecture)
3-1 Nirayama Reverberatory Furnace (Izunokuni City, Shizuoka Prefecture) ▼Kamaishi
4-1 Hashino Iron Mine (Kamaishi City, Iwate Prefecture)
5-1 Mietsu Naval Dock Ruins (Saga City, Saga Prefecture)
6-1 Ruins of Kosuge Dockyard (Nagasaki City, Nagasaki Prefecture) 6-2Mitsubishi Nagasaki Shipyard No. 3 Dock (Nagasaki City, Nagasaki Prefecture) 6-3Mitsubishi Nagasaki Shipyard Giant Cantilever Crane (Nagasaki City, Nagasaki Prefecture)
6-4Mitsubishi Nagasaki Shipyard Former Wooden Pattern Factory (Nagasaki City, Nagasaki Prefecture)
6-5Mitsubishi Nagasaki Shipyard Senshokaku (Nagasaki City, Nagasaki Prefecture) 6-6 Takashima Coal Mine (Nagasaki City, Nagasaki Prefecture) 6-7 Hashima Coal Mine (Nagasaki City, Nagasaki Prefecture)
6-8 Former Glover House (Nagasaki City, Nagasaki Prefecture) ▼Miike
7-1 Miike Coal Mine/Miike Port｜Miyahara Pit (Omuta City, Fukuoka Prefecture), Manda Pit (Arao City, Kumamoto Prefecture), Dedicated Railway Site (Omuta City, Fukuoka Prefecture, Arao City, Kumamoto Prefecture), Miike Port (Omuta City, Fukuoka Prefecture) )
7-2 Misumi West Port (Uki City, Kumamoto Prefecture)
8-1 Government-owned Yawata Steel Works｜Former head office, repair factory, former blacksmith factory (Kitakyushu City, Fukuoka Prefecture)
8-2 Ongagawa water source pump room (Nakama City, Fukuoka Prefecture) [Image 2
[About Amana Co., Ltd.]
Established in 1979 as an advertising photo production company. From concept planning of visual production such as stills and videos (TV commercials, web videos, etc.), CG (retouching, 3DCG, apparel CG, etc.) to output, we are one of the largest production companies in Japan that produces and provides one-stop business. expansion. In 2004, the company went public. Currently, we are working on a visual communication business that utilizes abundant creative resources and knowledge of 20,000 cases per year to extract corporate issues and values and transform the quality and quantity of communication. Furthermore, by combining products (solutions) originally developed by Amana, we support corporate communication measures and DX (digital transformation) promotion, and work with clients on many projects that increase corporate value.
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