The International District's Longest Running Photo Contest

The EXPOSED photo contest is an annual contest that rotates its focus between the three biggest communities that make up Seattle's International District - Little Saigon, Japantown, and Chinatown.

Open to photographers of all ages, the contest invites participants to wander the streets and discover the neighborhood for more than just its tasty delights. This year's photo contest will focus on Japantown and deadline for this year's contest is Thursday, October 31st.

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EXPOSED: Japantown at the 2014 Cherry Blossom and Japanese Cultural Festival!

sakuraWe’re excited to announce that the EXPOSED: Japantown exhibit will be shown at this year’s Cherry Blossom and Japanese Cultural Festival! The event will be taking place at Seattle Center on April 25-27, 2014 and admission is free. You will find our exhibit in the upstairs “loft” area of the Armory.


The Festival was founded 39 Years ago in appreciation of 1,000 cherry trees gifted to Seattle by Prime Minister Takeo Miki on behalf of the Japanese government in commemoration of the nation’s bicentennial. Held at the Seattle Center every April, it began as a small program and exhibit of Japanese art as a way to celebrate Japanese culture and America’s relationship with Japan, the Festival is the first and oldest ethnic festival to be held at Seattle Center in the Seattle Center Festál series.


It is the largest public event demonstrating the breadth and depth of traditional and contemporary Japanese art and culture in the NW and British Columbia. With over 90 displays every year and over 30,000 attendees, we’re excited and thankful to the Festival Committee to let the photo contest be a part of the Festival!


Go enjoy the beauty of Japanese culture and another chance to see the EXPOSED: Japantown exhibit!


April 25-27, 2014
Seattle Center, Armory loft
Free admission


More to come: We’re already making plans to show at another location! If you can’t make it to the Cherry Blossom Festival — you’ll be missing out! — make sure to check out EXPOSED: Japantown at the Kodomo no hi (Children’s Day) event at JCCCW on May 4th! Stay tuned!

Congratulations to Our Winners!

Here are the winners for the EXPOSED: Japantown 2013 photo contest! There were so many great photos submitted this year, the judges had to make some tough decisions. Don’t forget to stop by the exhibit today for our last day of extended hours, from 1 to 5pm. The exhibit features the Top 100 photos and all photographers have at least one of their photos exhibited. Located at 603 S Main St, Seattle 98104, in one of the historic Panama Hotel’s storefronts.


Special thank you once again to our awesome judges – Alan, Rob, Tom and Binko – and all of our sponsors – JPMorgan ChasePhoto ElanPanda LabBumblejaxColor One PhotoOmega Photo, Glazer’s CameraMoonPhoto LabGetty ImagesAlabastro PhotographyKOBO, and Seattle Cherry Blossom & Japanese Cultural Festival! And congratulations to all of our photographers for helping put together a great show!


FOOD: food bought and enjoyed in Japantown
Sponsored by Color One Photo

General Bracket Winner: Glenn Nelson, Art of Manju

Youth Bracket Winner: Isaiah Bush, Ramune


CULTURE: images that represent the Japanese culture, people, or heritage of the area
Sponsored by Photo Elan

General Bracket Winner: Nicole Baum, Zen Teachings

Youth Bracket Winner: Keti Chikhladze, Harmony


SHOPS: local Japantown business in action
Sponsored by Bumblejax

General Bracket Winner: Bruce Fleming, Abe San

Youth Bracket Winner: Angel Fong, Greetings from Higo


SPACES & PLACES: buildings and streetscapes that define Japantown
Sponsored by Photo Elan

General Bracket Winner: Lance Wiskowski, 6th and Jackson

Youth Bracket Winner: Jacqueline Le, Osami’s Barber Shop



Attila Melegh, A Game of Time


Bruce Fleming, Never Wise Up


David Dopko, Hero on Main Street


Glenn Nelson, Panama Alley


Julie Lopez, Geisha


Laura Brodax, Hands Down


Laura Solt, Japantown Lady 3


Sui Sea Solitaire, Matcha Latte at the Panama Hotel





1st Place People’s Pick: Nicole Baum, Calligraphy
Sponsored by Omega Photo

2nd Place People’s Pick: Keti Chikhladze, Beauty of Proportions
Sponsored by Glazer’s Camera

3rd Place People’s Pick: Sophia Egan, Momo Friends
Sponsored by MoonPhoto Lab

4th Place People’s Pick: Jennifer Wong, Left Behind
Sponsored by Massive Monkees


Stay tuned as we’ll announce where the exhibit will travel to next!


Extended Exhibit Hours!

Did you miss our Artist Reception and exhibit unveiling last week? Have no fear! Due to popular demand, we’ve extended our exhibit hours and will be open this Sunday the 15th through Wednesday the 18th, every day from 1-5pm. The exhibit showcases the Top 100 photos from the contest and features all of our participating photographers.


Located in one of the historic Panama Hotel’s storefronts, at 603 S Main St Seattle 98104.


Hope to see you there!



Announcing: People’s Pick Prizes!

As the Artist Reception is drawing near (tomorrow, next to the Panama Hotel), it is time to announce the last round of prizes! We would like to thank Glazer’s Camera, MoonPhoto, and Omega Photo Specialists for providing us with the People’s Pick award, which will be decided upon by reception attendees. Voting begins when doors open at 6pm and closes at 7pm. The People’s Pick award will be announced at 7:15 along with the category winners. Find out more about the Artist Reception at our Facebook event.


The prizes up for grabs include a Laptop Case (valued $30), a Rental Gift Card (valued $25), a T-shirt (valued $10), and a lens cloth (valued $5) from Glazer’s Camera; a 16×24 print on archival paper (valued $55) from MoonPhoto; and a Vanguard Camera Bag (valued $75) from Omega Photo Specialists.


Celebrating photography since 1935, Glazer’s Camera is your source for all things photographic – from cameras and accessories to lighting and grip. They offer all sorts of equipment for photo, video and lighting, as well as classes, like “Lighting for HD SLR Video”. Glazer’s Camera is the perfect stop if you’re looking for used gear or rentals. Check out their main store at 430 8th Ave N in South Lake Union and online.


MoonPhoto started out doing black-and-white prints over 34 years ago and their quality work has allowed them to expand to scanning, retouching, and color printing. However, they still specialize in black and white photo printing – doing it by hand – on fiber and resin. They believe that traditional black and white film photography is special and worthy of preserving; they also offer photo restorations and printing on archival printing among their many other services. Check out their website for more info about their history and services!


Last, but not least, we have Omega Photo Specialists, a local photo equipment retailer and full service photo lab that has been in business for almost 50 years. They pride themselves on “providing quality merchandise and outstanding customer service,” offering a wide selection of photography equipment and accessories, a full service customer processing lab, and even courses and workshops. From cameras for sale to camera repair, photo restoration to passport photos, simple prints to video transfer, Omega Photo could easily become your one-stop shop! Begin browsing their selections on their website to see what they can do for you!

The EXPOSED: Japantown 2013 Exhibit and Artist Reception is This Week!


Mark your calendars! The Artist Reception and unveiling of this year’s exhibit is this Thursday, December 5th. Join us as we congratulate and award each of the category winners in both general and youth brackets. This one-night only exhibit features the top 100 photos from this year’s contest and includes work from all of our participating photographers.


Attendees will also get to take part in the awards and vote for their favorite photo for the People’s Pick award. But don’t arrive too late – we’ll be closing voting at 7pm! Stick around as we announce the People’s Pick award and all the category winners at 7:15pm.


Check out our Facebook event for the reception and invite your friends!


First Thursday, December 5th
Doors open at 6pm. Voting ends at 7pm. Awards will be announced at 7:15pm.
603 S Main St, Seattle 98104


And don’t forget, our winners will also be exhibited at next year’s Seattle Cherry Blossom and Japanese Cultural Festival, April 25-27, 2014.


Hope to see you there!