The 2021 (44th open call for participants) Grand Prix selection public screening of Canon's cultural support project "New Century of Photography" was held at the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography in November 2021. "THE LAKE" won the Grand Prix. The "New Cosmos of Photography" has been announced to be the last open call for participants this year, which marks the 30th anniversary. This year, recruitment was conducted from March 17th to May 31st, 2021, and a record number of 2,191 applicants (groups) were received from Japan and overseas.
At the Excellence Award Selection Judging Committee held in July, 7 Excellence Award winners and 14 Honorable Mention winners were selected. At Banner Design the Grand Prix Selection Public Judging Committee held in November, the seven winners of the Excellence Award each attended a presentation and a question and answer session with the judges, and then the Grand Prix was decided by the discussion of the judges. In addition, Mr. Kaku was awarded the award following the honorable mention in 2017. Mr. Kaku, who won the Grand Prix, was presented with a 1 million yen incentive and a Canon mirrorless camera "EOS R5" / interchangeable lens "RF24-70mm F2.8 L IS USM" as a supplementary prize. The right to hold was awarded.
In the fall of 2022, a retrospective exhibition commemorating the 30th anniversary of the "New Century of Photography" will be held at the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography and Canon Gallery S. The works to be exhibited at the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography are said to be decided by a general vote from the works of successive award winners. Voting will be accepted on the "New Cosmos of Photography" website until May 25, 2022. * The article has been updated because the general voting deadline for the retrospective exhibition has been extended to May 25 (2022/2/28 JDN editorial department).