Kenji Kawamoto Yopparai Tengoku

Yopparai Tengoku (Drunkards’ Heaven) – In Japan, some hard working business men and women are known for drinking as hard as they work. Going on until they reach their absolute limit.

“My photographs are a record of the people who have reached this limit and exhausted their strength after the daily grind. Each one has a different story, but everyone lives at a frantic pace. People drink with friends as a reward for the hard day’s work and to get ready for the next, just like ancient warriors would – A lot of people struggle through such hard working situations.

I took these pictures with a true feeling of respect for the people depicted. I don’t believe the state my subjects are in is shabby in any way. I can feel they have experienced hardships and extreme fatigue to end up this way.” — Kenji Kawamoto

– Discover more of Kenji’s work here.

Monthly Photo Contest

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2020 PEOPLE AWARD Deadline: 31 October 2020

“It is more important to click with people
than to click the shutter.”
- Alfred Eisenstaedt

Spanning across all corners of the globe, crossing both cultures and borders; we’ve created a complex world of traditions and behaviors. There are few restrictions and we are looking for portraiture, travel, street photography, documentary work, photojournalism, or any other form of photographic practice that tells the story of people!

*FREE ENTRY*: Regardless of your budget or location, this month we are offering a FREE ENTRANCE on single-image submission to all participants.


1st Prize: $1000 · 2nd Prize: $600 · 3rd Prize: $400

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