AJET Haiku and Photo Competition 2011

AJET Haiku & Photo Competition 2011

Every year, AJET encourages poets and photographers from the JET community to exercise their creative talents with out annual AJET Haiku and Photo Competitions.

Haiku Competition – Opens immediately. Closes 31st May.

Haikus can be in reference to life on JET or in the traditional style. We’re not fussy! Humorous Haikus are always welcome too.

The competition will be split into two categories, English and Japanese, so get creative with your Nihongo skills too.

Submissions should be:

  1. accompanied by the name, address and JET number of the poet
  2. original works
  3. written in English and/or Japanese
  4. if written in Japanese, accompanied by furigana and an English translation

There is a limit of two (2) haiku per entrant total. Current National AJET Council members are not eligible to enter.

Entries and inquiries should be sent to .

Judging will be conducted by members of the AJET council. We are also hoping an outside Haiku poet will be able to judge this year.

Ownership/ Use Rights: Haiku authors retain the copyright of their haiku. By entering the contest authors agree to have their submitted haiku displayed on the AJET website (ajet.net), displayed on the National AJET fan page (facebook), and used in AJET publications without any fee or other compensation. Haiku will be credited to the author named in the entry form. Please make copies of poetry you want to keep on record. Entries will never be used by AJET in any manner for advertising or sale. In the even that ownership of any haiku is contested in any manner, AJET retains the discretion to disqualify that haiku and discontinue use.

Two first place winners, one in English and one Japanese will win a 3000 yen Amazon online gift voucher. Second place (in English and Japanese) will win a 1000 yen voucher.

Photo Competition – Open immediately. Closing date 31st May.

AJET wants to encourage all professional and budding photographers to send in their photos of Japan and life on JET.

We are interested in ‘human’ or humorous photos of your life on JET. Landscape photos are unlikely to get much attention.

Judging will be conducted by the AJET council. The winner on the competition will win a 3000 yen Amazon online gift voucher and will feature in the Tokyo Orientation Guide Book for the incoming JETs (often the front page).

Submissions should be:

  1. accompanied by a caption describing the scene
  2. accompanied by the name, address and JET number of the photographer
  3. original images
  4. high quality JPG files; for example, a single image should be at least 400kb in size

There is a limit of two (2) images per entrant. Current National AJET Council members are not eligible to enter. In the case that you submit photographs including people’s faces, please receive permission from those featured before submission.

Entries and enquiries should be sent to .

Ownership/Rights: Photographers retain the copyright of their photos. By entering the contest photographers agree to have their submitted photo displayed on the AJET website (ajet.net), displayed on the National AJET fan page (facebook), and used in AJET publications without any fee or other compensation. The photo will be credited to the photographer named in the entry form. Please make copies of the photo that you want to keep on record. Entries will never be used by AJET in any manner for advertising or sale. In the even that ownership of any photo is contested in any manner, AJET retains the discretion to disqualify that haiku and discontinue use.