A Photography Contest for All

Submissions are CLOSED!

Thank you to all who entered. 

Nov. 30, 2020

Submissions Close

Dec. 1 - 15, 2020

Judging Period

Dec. 30, 2020

Winner & Finalists Announced

The Call

We believe that truly great images are not only visually compelling, they also carry with them stories Beyond the Frame. These are the images of ours that we keep looking back on, because their story imbues layers of meaning deeper than what initially meets the eye. 

In this free to enter contest, we want to provide you with the opportunity to share not only an image special to you, but also the story beyond the frame that we don’t perceive. 

Beyond the Frame is an international contest eligible for entry by any legal resident of any country*. 

The Reward

Your work will be reviewed by an international panel of critically acclaimed judges. Together, they will select one winner to receive a brand new Fujifilm X100V, and ten finalists to receive Peak Design X Fujifilm Camera straps

All finalists and a number of honorable mentions will be highlighted and featured on a platform dedicated to Beyond the Frame stories at the conclusion of this contest. 

Details of the Call

Submit one image and an accompanying story in written form. Submissions will be judged on the synergy between image and story.

The Image

Share with us an image significant to you. The image should be able to stand on its own, but also have a story associated which enhances its meaning. 

Submission images should be only minimally edited in post production (no composites). 

Submission Format:

  • JPEG file
  • 4000 pixels or less on the long side
  • Titled: “FirstName_LastName”

The Story

Share with us what's beyond the scene (a story that relates either to the subject matter of the photograph or to the image making process itself).

Your story should provide us with a new understanding or appreciation of the image that we wouldn't be able to gain just by viewing the image on its own. 

Submission Format:

  • PDF file
  • 500 words or less, written in English
  • Titled: "FirstName_LastName"

The Jury

Victor Ha is the Senior Director of Marketing for the Electronic Imaging Division at FUJIFILM North America Corporation and is most passionate about the stories we can tell through the images we make. A product of the image making industry, Victor has dedicated the last 20 years of his life in finding new and creative ways to bring the craft of making images to the world around him.

Valérie Jardin is a French photographer, currently residing in the United States. Valérie is known internationally through her workshops. When she is not teaching others the art of street photography and visual storytelling, Valérie is a prolific author, a speaker, and a podcast producer of the bi-weekly show Hit The Streets with Valérie Jardin. She is also an official Fujifilm X-Photographer.  



Miles Witt Boyer is a huge believer in the magic of what we do. Capturing authenticity, chasing light, taking his clients along with him on adventures and joining them for theirs has opened doors to see so many amazing corners of the world for him. His work is internationally published and award winning but he's most focused on being a proud dad, a focused husband, and an artist obsessed with connection and emotion.



Petronella Lugemwa is a speaker, storyteller, educator and Founder of Petronella Photography, an award-winning photography studio that creates exclusive destination wedding and family photography experiences for discerning multicultural couples by authentically capturing their love and family.  She believes that what makes you different makes you beautiful.



Jonas Rask is an official FUJIFILM  X‑Photographer, based in Denmark. His unique graphic style of street and documentary photography focuses particularly on the human form and how it contrasts with the harshness of the urban environment.



Mindy Tan is a Singapore-based documentary and commercial photographer whose specialty is photographing people. She began her career in tanas a newspaper journalist, covering breaking news migrant labor, and community issues, winning the Society of Publishers Asia Award for Excellence in Human Rights Reporting in 2007. In 2008, she swapped pen for camera and became a full-time photographer.



Derek Fahsbender is a Bronx-based photographer and Fujifilm Creator best known for capturing the aesthetic of the urban landscape and the colorful characters within.



Jan Gonzales is a commercial and fine art portrait photographer based in Cebu, Philippines. Jan specializes in visual direction and production of high end images for advertising, commercial publications and portraiture.



Ben Yan is a Chinese-American candid photographer drawn to urban environments. Ben was selected by Fujifilm US as a 2020 Students of Storytelling finalist and continues to collaborate with Fujifilm on personal projects - such as this contest! 


Frequently Asked Questions

Who can enter?

The Contest is open to entries from anyone 13 or over from around the world, and is void where prohibited by local law.

Where can you ship the prizes?

Prizes are able to be shipped to anywhere in the world except for countries on the United States Restricted Ship-to Countries list.

What type of work is eligible?

All photo-based work is eligible, be it film, digital, tintype, camera-less, etc.

How many photos may I submit?

Just the one!

I'm having a problem uploading my images.

Please make sure that each image is in JPG format, and less than 10 MB. 

If you still are having problems submitting, please email Ben with a subject line that begins with: "CONTEST QUESTION"

Are multiple exposure / composite images allowed?

No they are not. The goal of the contest is to showcase one image in its pure form and have it be enhanced by its story rather than a lot of post-processing. 

Is there a fee to enter?


Do I retain the copyright on my images?

Yes. You retain full copyright to all your images. Entries may be posted online and winning images may be used in connection with the Contest and the promotion of the Contest. 

How old can my images be?

There is not really a time limit. 

How does the judging process work?

All members of the jury will come to a consensus in their selection of all ten finalists and the eventual winner. The synergy between the image and its story will be the key criteria. 

When will the winner and finalists be announced?

The Winner and Finalists will be announced on December 30, 2020. 

Where can I read the rules in detail?

Keep scrolling down for the full contest rules. 

If I have more questions, how do I get in touch?

If after reading the contest info and rules page, you still have questions, please email Ben with a subject line that begins with: "CONTEST QUESTION". 

Official Contest Rules

1. Eligibility

Beyond the Frame is a photography contest (the "Contest") open to any legal resident of any country who is at least 13 years of age at the time of entry (“Entrant"(s)). The contest is sponsored by Jiahao "Ben" Yan (“Sponsor”).

2. Agreement to Rules

By participating, the entrants agree to be fully unconditionally bound by these rules, and the entrants represent and warrant that they meet the eligibility requirements. In addition, the entrant agrees to accept the decisions of the Sponsor as final and binding as it relates to the content of this contest.

3. How to Enter:  

The Contest must be entered by submitting an entry using the online form provided at “https://www.benyanphotography.com/beyond-the-frame”. The entry must fulfill all Contest requirements, as specified, to be eligible to win a prize. Entries that are incomplete or do not adhere to the rules or specifications may be disqualified at the sole discretion of the Sponsor. If You use fraudulent methods or otherwise attempt to circumvent the rules, your submission may be removed from eligibility at the sole discretion of the Sponsor. 

4. Contest Period

Entries must be submitted no later than the deadline of listed on the contest URL, https://www.benyanphotography.com/beyond-the-frame

5. Prize

The Winner of the contest (the “Winner”) will receive one Fujifilm X100V Digital Camera, the finalists of the contest (the "Finalist") will receive Peak Design X Fujifilm Camera Straps. The specifics of the prize shall be solely determined by the Sponsor. No cash or other prize substitution shall be permitted. The prize is nontransferable. No substitution of prize or transfer/assignment of prize to others or request for the cash equivalent by Winner is permitted. Acceptance of prizes constitutes permission for the Sponsor to use Winner and Finalists' name, likeness, and entry for purposes of advertising without further compensation, unless prohibited by law.

6. Receiving Prizes

The prizes will be personally shipped by the Sponsor to the Winner and Finalists. Prizes are able to be shipped to anywhere in the world except for countries on the United States Restricted Ship-to Countries list. Failure by the Winner and Finalists to provide a valid mailing address within thirty (30) days of award notification will result in forfeit of the prize. 

7. Selection and Notification of Winners & Finalists

The decisions of the jury are final. The Winner and Finalists will be notified by email within seven (7) days following their selection. 

The Sponsor shall have no liability for Winner’s failure to receive notices due to spam, junk e-mail or other security settings or for Winner’s provision of incorrect or otherwise non-functioning contact information. If the Winner cannot be contacted, is ineligible, fails to claim the prize within thirty (30) days from the time award notification was sent, the prize may be forfeited. 

Any violation of these official rules by the Winner and Finalists will result in their disqualification, and all privileges as Winner and Finalist will be immediately terminated (at the Sponsor's sole discretion).

All entries will be reviewed by a jury of international photographers selected by the Sponsor. One (1) Winner and ten (10) Finalists will be selected by the Jury under the supervision of the Sponsor, in accordance with the contest rules. All judges will be appointed by the Sponsor. 

8. Rights Granted by the Entrant:

By entering this Contest, the entrants represent and warrant that their entry is an original work of authorship, and does not violate any third party’s proprietary or intellectual property rights. If an entry infringes upon the intellectual property right of another, the Entrant will be disqualified at the sole discretion of The Sponsor. If the content of an entry is claimed to constitute an infringement of any proprietary or intellectual proprietary rights of any third party, the Entrant shall, at their sole expense, defend or settle against such claims. Each Participant retains copyright of his or her images, and credit lines will be attributed to each Participant when exhibited or presented anywhere by The Sponsor. The entrant shall indemnify, defend, and hold harmless the Sponsor from and against any suit, proceeding, claims, liability, loss, damage, costs or expense, which the Sponsor may incur, suffer, or be required to pay arising out of such infringement or suspected infringement of any third party’s right. 

9. Legal Responsibility:

The Sponsor will not be held liable or responsible of any images submitted to the Contest and their potential consequences, or any issues that entrants have to face while taking part in The Sponsor’s Contest.

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