First International Ikebana Competition Online  
Ikebana Galley Award 2017

Ikebana Gallery Award provides Ikebana students around the world with opportunities to be reviewed their works by art specialists as well as thousands of internet users for free. This project has been recognised as significant in the history of Ikebana.

The online gallery, Ikebana Gallery Australia was designed to support Ikebana students learning in Australia and other parts of the world through providing opportunities for them to share their works and learning experiences. 

To further support and encourage Ikebana students’ learning, Ikebana Gallery Australia organizes an award. This prestigious award also aims to promote Ikebana, Japanese floral culture.

Entry: All submissions must include an image of work in JPEG format (less than 0.5 Mb), your name, address (City & Country), email address, Ikebana school, teacher’s name, lists of materials, a brief comment on your work (less than 100 words). 
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Alternatively, share your work with Ikebana gallery facebook page, 

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Privacy: If there is any items that you do not wish to be published, please state so clearly. We use your first name for our blog post, but your full name will be published if you win the award. We don't publish your email address nor address.

Selection Process: The Ikebana Gallery Award Committee will select five finalists from the works posted on the blog and the facebook. The Committee may consider popular works that received many comments from the visitors to the blog. Our judges will choose the winner from the finalists.

Entry Fee: Free

Award: The winner will receive a certificate. In addition to the Ikebana Gallery Award, we have started the Ikebana Gallery People's Choice Award. We will encourage people to choose their favourites out of our semi-finalists in public through Facebook.

Sponsors: The Ikebana Gallery Australia is looking for sponsors for this award. If interested, please contact Shoso Shimbo,

Eligibility to Participate: The award is open to Ikebana students who are studying Ikebana for no more than 4 years. Entries by Ikebana teachers are not accepted. See FAQ for more details.  
Up to 6 Works: One student can submit up to 6 works in one year. Not all submitted works will be posted on the blog due to the space and time limitation. 

Key Dates:
30 June 2017. Closing date for entries. All the works posted on the blog and the facebook since July 2016 are eligible for the award.
Mid July 2017. Five finalists will be published on the blog.
August 2017. Winner announced.

Our Judges:
Ken Smith: Artist, Former Lecturer in Faculty of Art and Design, Monash University, Melbourne. 

Lesley Kehoe: Director, Lesley Kehoe Galleries 

Susan Renouf: Adjunct Professor of RMIT University in Fashion & Textiles.

Hiroe Swen: Ceramic artist, Former Lecturer in Ceramics at the Australian National University Institute of the Arts.

Dr Yoshiho Kobayashi: Associate Professor of Outemon Gakuin University, President of International Society of Ikebana Studies

Dr Osamu Inoue: Associate Professor of Kyoto University of Art and Design, Vice president of International Society of Ikebana Studies