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As a photography ambassador for Hoya Filters, I’m thrilled to bring you a post that will not only help you enhance your photography skills but also give you the chance to win fantastic prizes in the Kenko Tokina Co., Ltd. upcoming International Filter Photography Contest 2023.

In this post, we will explore the magic of using filters in photography and how they can transform your images into breathtaking works of art.


The Art of Using Filters in Photography

Filters are like secret ingredients in the world of photography. They offer a world of possibilities, enabling you to control light, add drama, and achieve artistic effects in your shots. Let’s delve into the various types of filters you can use to elevate your photography:

1. Neutral Density (ND) Filters

ND filters allow you to control the amount of light entering your camera. They are perfect for capturing long exposures, such as silky waterfalls, smooth cloud movements, and dreamy seascapes. By slowing down your shutter speed, you can create stunning, ethereal images that stand out.

2. Circular Polarizing Filters (CPL)

CPL filters help reduce glare and reflections, making them ideal for shooting in bright, sunny conditions. They intensify colors, boost contrast, and provide vivid blue skies and clear waters. Whether you’re photographing landscapes or architecture, CPL filters can be your best friend.

3. Graduated Neutral Density (GND) Filters

GND filters are essential for balancing the exposure in scenes with a significant difference between bright and dark areas. They help you capture striking sunsets, cityscapes, and landscapes by darkening the bright sky while preserving details in the foreground.

4. Color Filters

Experimenting with color filters allows you to create unique and creative effects in

your photos. From warming up your images with a subtle orange filter to adding a touch of mystery with a blue filter, the possibilities are endless.


Join the International Filter Photo Contest 2023 

Now that you’ve got a glimpse of how filters can transform your photography, it’s time to put your skills to the test! Kenko Tokina Co., Ltd. is thrilled to announce their  annual International Filter Photography Contest 2023, and this year, it’s bigger and better than ever.


Contest Details:

  • Submission Period: Closing date is 31 October 2023
  • Prizes: Various including a top prize of 500,00 Yen. 
  • How to Enter: Visit the contest page to submit your best-filtered photos.


Tips When Entering

  1. Showcase your creativity: Don’t be afraid to experiment with different filter combinations to create unique and eye-catching images.
  2. Pay attention to composition: A well-composed photograph with the right filter can make all the difference.
  3. Tell a story: Share the narrative behind your photo; it adds depth and meaning to your submission.



Filters can really help add that extra touch of magic to your images. Whether you’re a seasoned pro or just starting on your photography journey, they can open up a world of creative possibilities.

Don’t miss this incredible opportunity to showcase your talent, win exciting prizes, and be part of the Kenko Tokina Co., community.

You can enter the competition by clicking here. 

Some guidance:

Submit Photos that make effective use of filters.

  • Filters may be from any manufacturer.
  • Filters such as protectors whose effects cannot be seen in the photograph are not permitted.
  • Photos that have been heavily edited using retouching software (color swap, etc.) cannot be accepted.
  • The competition is open to anyone regardless of age, gender or nationality.

    Entries are restricted to unreleased and unpublished original photos for which the copyright is entirely owned by the applicant. Photos that have won prizes or are being screened in other competitions are not eligible. (Photos that have been entered in another competition but have not been awarded a prize are eligible.) Photos that have been published in non-commercial publications such as club exhibitions for which the photography was not remunerated, or websites operated by individuals are eligible.

    Entries will be disqualified if the sponsor deems that the subject matter is in breach of the law, public order and morals, or the purpose of this contest.

    Applicants who are under the age of 18 must obtain approval of their parent or guardian before applying. If an applicant is under the age of 18, it will be assumed they have already obtained approval of a parent or guardian.


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