In Focus

Nebuta float at Aomori Nebuta matsuri, by David M. Weber

Every print issue, Metropolis features a large-size In Focus photo on page 3 —a fresh, striking image that captures the mood of the city and country that we live in. The In Focus photo is the first thing readers see when they open the magazine, and we are looking for submissions of quality images that have not been published in other English-language magazines in Japan.

For The Sep 5 Issue:

We’re after your images of hanabi, Japan’s fireworks festivals. More than just colorful explosions, the fireworks in Japan are community gatherings: some are tiny affairs set in a small park off the local shotengai, while others are massive city-wide events such as the annual Sumidagawa extravaganza. We’d like to see more than shells bursting in the air. Show us the people enjoying the festival, the vendors gathered to supply them, the crowds, the revelry and the, uhh, boom factor—whatever that means to you!

How to Submit Your Photo

Digital images can be submitted using the form below, and must meet the following minimum specifications:

  • Format: jpgs, tif, eps, png
  • Size: W:2480 pixels x H:1536 pixels
  • Or: W:8.3in x H: 5.2in
  • Or: W:22cm x H:13cm
  • (If you use a digital camera, it has to be at least 4.0 megapixels using the largest format available.)
  • Resolution: 300dpi
  • (If you send a 72dpi file, multiply the size specified above by 4)
  • Please do not send prints, positives or negatives.

Submit Your Photo

All submissions must include the following information:

Your Name

Your Email

Where the photo was taken

When the photo was taken

Brief description of photo

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Terms of Use

We regret that we are unable to accept any submission that does not include all of the above information, or meet the minimum specifications, nor can we return prints, positives or negatives as we are no longer accepting them.
By submitting photos for In Focus, you are agreeing to let Metropolis publish any or all of those photos in the In Focus section in one issue of the magazine each, and on the website in perpetuity, without charge. If you no longer want photos previously submitted to be published you must contact the editor in chief, or call 03-4550-2929. We regret that we may not be able to cancel publication of photographs that have already passed a certain stage in the production process, a decision that will be made by the editor in chief and/or art director.

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