Francis Leroy
Aerial view of the ocean and waves with people swimming.

Meet The 2023 Tokyo International Foto Award Winners

January 17, 2024

TIFA is proud to announce this year's winning photographs! After sorting through thousands of entries, the highly esteemed TIFA jury has selected 20 first place category winners as well as the photographer of the year and discovery of the year. The entries were highly diverse in both style and country of origin. Both non-professional photographers and professional photographers alike can be seen breaking boundaries and exploring new themes in photography that have previously gone unrepresented. 

Program Director Hannah Lillethun reflects upon this year's winning images: "It's been a privilege to observe the impactful images and exquisite artistry presented by thousands of photographers worldwide in the 2023 Tokyo Foto Awards. Each image narrates a vivid story, and we are privileged to highlight these remarkable works.". Let us celebrate these grand achievements in the world of photography through the imagery of the 2023 Tokyo International Foto Award winners!

Photographer of the Year

Shifting Sand, Beach Dream by Francis Leroy

Using aerial photography, Francis Leroy captures hundreds of moments at once across sandy beaches. In his innovative take on landscape photography, Leroy captures the essence and dreaminess of a beach day. With the ever-changing tide and waves, Leroy pays tribute to the enchantment and beauty of a world effected by climate change.

Aerial view of the waves washing up against the beach. Dozens of people stand in the water.

Discovery of the Year

Free Palestine. by Tiziana Sonia Spelta

'Free Palestine', the award winning editorial photography by Tiziana Sonia Spelta, documents Palestinians in Italy. The powerful and heart-wrenching series is meant to stand as a symbol of solidarity between Palestine and Spelta's home country of Italy.

A man surrounded by a group holding Palestinian flags holds up a bloodied sheet.

Professional Category Winners of 2023

ADVERTISINGI Am Here by Gareth Morgans
ARCHITECTUREDark Soul: Scenes from Korea by Yoshihiko Wada
BOOKBroken Shadow by Oyvind Hjelmen
EDITORIALAcapulco After The Passage of Hurricane Otis. by Iván Macías
EVENTSJapanese Tradition by Eiichi Yoshioka
FINE ARTShifting Sand, Beach Dream by Francis Leroy
NATUREHorses Running At Sunset by Shirley Wung
PEOPLEL'Albero Di Giovanni by Ottavio Marino
PORTFOLIOMy Vintage World by Horst Kistner
SCIENCEEastgrip - Ice Core by Lukasz Larsson Warzecha
SPECIALPlanets of A Tiny Prince by Christian Kleiman
A man stands surrounded by orange flowers.

Student/ Non-Professional Category Winners of 2023

A black background with purple and orange flowers laid out in a pattern.

ADVERTISING50 Shades of Pasta by Yuliy Vasilev

ARCHITECTURECurvatures by Anna Wacker

BOOK2023 My Photography Album by Minghang Lai

EDITORIAL: Free Palestine. by Tiziana Sonia Spelta

EVENTSSport Competitions by Yu Ling Ho

FINE ARTDisturbia by Alexandros Othonos

NATURE"I collect flowers to live" by Nataliia Hresko

PEOPLE日式京都婚紗 by Chih Ming Chou

PORTFOLIOA Room of One's Own by Yanyan Zhao
SCIENCEInfection by Sina Nasr
SPECIALWhen Nature Meets Technics by Adam Neuba