The Consulate General of Japan in Los Angeles

在ロサンゼルス日本国総領事館

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Cute Character Bento Contest 2015

  The Consulate General of Japan in Los Angeles would like to celebrate the inscription of Washoku (Traditional Dietary Cultures of the Japanese – notably for the celebration of New Year- ) to UNESCO’s List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 2013 and to enjoy Japan’s cute and cool food culture with you. As Japanese cute bento creation is already becoming popular in the U.S. , we would like to cherish Japan’s cute and cool food culture by having a bento contest.   We are looking for photos of cute and creative character bento decorated in a food container. Among the posted photo entries, 10 winners will be chosen by the Consulate and BentoUSA, from the following categories: 3 bread-based bento, 3 rice-based, 2 pasta-based and 2 bento that do not fall under the other categories. The winners will be awarded with prizes! Click here to read the official rules terms and conditions.
CuteZCute Bear Bento Lunch Box

This contest has completed.

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Cute Character Bento Contest 2015

Photo Contest Rice Category

Rice-based

3 winners will be selected from bento that includes main ingredient as rice.

Photo Contest Bread Category

Bread-based

3 winners will be selected from bento that includes main ingredient as bread.

Photo Contest Pasta Category

Pasta-based

2 winners will be selected from bento that includes main ingredient as pasta.

Photo Contest Other Food Category

Other Categories

2 winners will be selected from bento that includes main ingredient that falls under other categories.

Cute Character Bento Contest 2015

 

bentousa GRAND PRIZE

 

Second Prize

Third Prize

4th to 10th Prize

10 Winners

will receive an award certificate from the Consulate General Of Japan, Los Angeles, and many more prizes.


 

Photo exhibition
(Mar 13-28, 2015)

Location: Japan Foundation, Los Angeles

 

***The All Nippon Airways (ANA) round-trip ticket to Japan is subject to the following conditions:
Ticket is valid for roundtrip travel, in economy class, from selected US cities to Tokyo (Narita).  Travel may originate at any of ANA’s eight US Gateways; Honolulu, Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Jose, Seattle, Chicago, Washington D.C., or New York. Applicable transportation taxes and fees are the responsibility of the award winner; the winner must verify the applicable amount with an ANA Customer Service representative.  Travel must be completed by the date stated on the award letter (approximately one year from the date of the winner announcement). Travel is not allowed on the following black-out dates: April 25~May 6, August 1~August 16, December 19~January 3.  Travel award is non-transferable, non-endorsable and may only be used by the person to whom it is awarded. Determination of tax liability on travel award is the responsibility of the user.
All the prizes will be shipped separately by the respective supporting companies. As such, neither the Consulate nor the BentoUSA can estimate the timing of the shipping of the prizes.
Read Official Rules

Cute Bento Contest 2015

We are looking for photos of cute and creative character bento decorated in a food container from the following categories: 3 bread-based bento, 3 rice-based, 2 pasta-based and 2 bento that do not fall under the other categories. Images should highlight the food/bento itself and be of good quality for printing on a photo panel. 

WHO MAY ENTER

This Contest is open only to individuals who reside and have a shipping address in the United States of America. For United States’ residents, entrants must be legal residents and at least twenty-one (21) years of age or older at the time of entry.

 

WHAT TO ENTER

1. Arrangement of the food must be no larger than an actual size of 10” x 10”. Anything fitting within these measurements is acceptable, including but not limited to bento box, lunch box, and other containers. Food decorated on a dish or plate is not allowed.

2. Submit a digital photo of your food decoration to BentoUSA, including the following information in English. Entries must be submitted before February 22 2015, at noon Pacific Time. Display name, photo title and brief description of the photos of winners will be displayed to public.

• First Name:____________________
• Last Name:____________________
• Display Name (for photo exhibition credit name):____________________
• Age:_________________________
• Shipping address in USA:________________
• Email Address:_________________
• Photo Title : ____________________
• Brief Description of the photos:____________________

3. One person can submit up to ten separate, distinct creations as individual photos.

4. Photos must not include photographs of people. (The photo should only include the bento.) Photos must not include any licensed characters.

5. Photos must be JPG, JPEG format, of good quality (preferable high resolution). Take photos using the largest JPG or JPEG setting on your camera, or at high resolution with a minimum 3000 x 4500 pixels. If your photo is chosen as a 1-10 winners, your photo will be printed to as large as a 32 x 40 inch panel without adding any modifications on it. Photo panels will be exhibited at the Japan Foundation, Los Angeles between March 13th to 28th 2015.

6. All photos and designs must be original; created solely by the entrant; have never been submitted in any other contest or won any previous awards; have never been published in any publication, (personal blog is accepted); and must not infringe the rights of any third party. Entries must not display any commercial/corporate advertising as determined by the Organizers.

7. Entries may be watermarked if desired, but the watermark should be inconspicuous enough to not interfere with the judging of the photo. Watermark position should only be at the bottom right corner. A watermarked photo might not be honored by the competition (at the judges’ sole discretion) if the watermark is too conspicuous or photographer is unable or unavailable to provide a pristine, watermark-free version of the image when asked.

Photos that do not meet the aforementioned requirements may or may not be judged at the Judges’ sole discretion.

 

This contest has completed.

Click to See Top 10 Winners

 

 

Cute Bento Contest 2015

 

Images will be judged on creativity, originality, technical excellence, composition, overall impact and photo quality. Judging entities and individuals will consist of representatives from the Consulate, BentoUSA, and YouTube personality and bento expert Ochikeron.

Among the posted photo entries, 10 winners will be chosen by the Consulate and BentoUSA, from the following categories: 3 bread-based bento, 3 rice-based, 2 pasta-based and 2 bento that do not fall under the other categories. The winners will be awarded with the above mentioned prizes!

The Consulate and BentoUSA will select the top 10 finalists. Ochikeron will select the top 3 finalists from among the top 10 finalists. The Consulate will select grand prize, second prize and third prize winners from the top 3 finalists.

The judges shall determine winner eligibility in its sole and absolute discretion. All decisions made by the judges are final.

 

SCHEDULES

Online entries can be uploaded starting January 15, 2015 at Noon US Pacific Standard Time (“PST”). Deadline for submitting entries is February 22, 2015, Noon PST.

 

Entrants may be asked to supplement their submission with additional information or materials (such as a paragraph about their photo, the highest resolution version of their photo, or a watermark-free version of their photo) anytime on or after February 15, 2015 – February 28, 2015.

The Grand Prize winner and Runners Up will be announced on March 7, 2015.

 

supporters

All Nippon Airways (ANA)
mitsuwa
Nijiya Market
kinokuniya book store of America
marukai market
cutezcute bento cooking tool

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