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2022 Okinawan Festival Photo Contest

Help us to document the experience at the festival by entering the photo contest. Our goal is to gather and archive photos from this event to preserve the rich history of Okinawan culture in Hawaii. Photos must be taken at the Hawaii Convention Center on September 3 & 4, 2022.

Submissions are due by 9/19/2022 (08:00 AM Hawaii Standard Time)
*For all submissions, we reserve the right to have ownership of the photo to be used in future publicity or documentation of this year's Okinawan Festival. Downloadable PDF.


The contest is open to the WHOLE public/ all participants (e.g. HUOA members and the public). All prizes will ONLY be mailed to United States Addresses (e.g. Hawaii and USPS addresses).


1. Ohana

The Okinawan community has been able to continue to be preserved and perpetuated through the strong ties of Ohana, meaning family in Hawaiian. Our community had started to come together during the plantation era as immigrant workers and has been able to continue to be preserved. Through this theme, we wish to capture memories that families make at this year's Okinawan festival. 

Examples include family members enjoying the festival, people volunteering together at festival booths, and any scene that embodies the Aloha spirit or Ohana coming together. 

2. Culture

The Okinawan culture known as Uchinanchu, can be traced back many years. It is our hope to capture the spirit and essence of the Okinawan culture as it is expressed through teh festival

Examples include but are not limited to: cultural booths, activities and events, people interacting with those booths, activities, or cultural displays.

3. Digitally Enhanced Images (NEW CATEGORY!)

If you take a photo at the festival and want to bring in your artistic abilities, feel free to submit your artwork!

All photographs manipulated for artistic purposes by applying digital special effects will be accepted! 


Photos must be taken at the Hawaii Convention Center during the days of the festival, September 3 and 4 2022. 


ALL submissions must be digital. Cellphone photos are accepted. 

If the photo is taken with a camera, please make the long side of the photo 1000 pixels.

Basic editing is allowed for the Ohana and Culture categories. This includes contrast, toning, color adjustment, doging, burning, removal of spots, sharpening, and gray scale conversions

If the judges determine that a photographer altered his or her photo they reserve the right to move the photo to Digitally Enhanced images or disqualify it.

Full editing is allowed ONLY for digitally enhanced images. This includes all of the above and the addition and/or subtraction of objects.

Additional Rules


All Entries must be received by HUOA by September 19, 2022 at 8:00 am Hawaii Standard Time). Entries must be submitted directly to the following link: 
A maximum of three (3) photos can be submitted per participant 

Judging Process:

  • Submission Deadline: September 19, 2022 8:00 am HST
  • Committee Judging: September 20, 2022 - September 28, 2022
  • Criteria: Photos will be judged originality, composition, style, and the ability to embody our listed catefories as well as the overall festival theme of "Sharing Uchinanchu Aloha."
  • Announcement of Winner: Week of October 3, 2022 

Notification of Winner:

Winners will be notified by email after the committee judging has taken place, via the email address provided with the entry.  

Winners' failure to respond to notification within three (3) bussiness days after its transmission 

The return of an email notification as undeliverable after three (3) attempts. 

Upon contacting a winner and determining that they have met all eligibility requirements of the contest, such individuals will be declared a "winner" of the contest via announcement on HUOA's social media, Purple Blast and website

Publicity, Consent and Waiver:

By participating, all participants and winner(s) grant the Hawaii United Okinawa Association exclusive permission to use their names, photographs, voices, submitted photographs, and likenesses in connection with the promotion of this and other contests and waive any claims to royalty, right, or remuneration for such use. We will not share your personal contact information without your permission.

Other Rules:

Participants must be the photographer and the sole owner of the photo. By entering the contest, you agree that the submission is your own photo cannot infringe on any copyright, statutory, common law or other rights of any person, entity, firm, or corporation 

HUOA shall retain the rights to all photos submitted and has the right to use and publish the photos for HUOA-related purposes

For any winning photos in which a person/ person is/ are recognizable, you must provide a 'model release from the subject or in the case of a minor, the subject's parent or guardian. 

The Hawaii United Okinawa Association reserves the right to change or discontinue the contest at any time and/or to extend the end date.

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