Announcement of the World Wide Iwamoto Awards


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The registration period of the 2015 competition has ended!

Find the entries for the 2015 competition here

Find all entries 2001-2015 here


Open international contest of go promotional projects

Announcement and invitation to submit Go projects

Dear Go friends,
We are happy to announce the World Wide Iwamoto Awards. In succession to the European editions, the Iwamoto Awards now go global. Thanks to internet and social media, the world has become smaller, so we think it is time to invite people on a global scale to submit Go promotion projects. The contest has been organized in Europe in the years 2001, 2003, 2007 and 2012 by the European Go Centre.You can have a look here to see the submissions of previous editions of the Iwamoto Awards. We will also publish the 2015 projects on our website.The European Iwamoto Awards were much appreciated by the contributors, the EGF and the Nihon Ki-in. Therefore we want to extend the project and improve some features.

Goal of the Iwamoto Awards


The main reason for this contest is to follow Iwamoto Kaoru’s wish of spreading Go around the world. First of all, it motivates Go players to think about how Go can be promoted. Secondly, through the gathering and exchange of ideas it can lead to a higher quality of popularization of Go all over the world. To accomplish our goal we organize the Iwamoto awards contest and provide a platform, not only to collect and publish all the ideas but also a place to discuss them. We hope to find many Go projects that want to compete in the contest.


How does it work?


We have sent this announcement to all Go organizations we know of; please forward this message to your members. All Go promotion projects that have proven to be successful can be entered for the contest. Just having a plan does not suffice. The criteria for the submissions and the way they are judged can be found on the website. The projects submitted will be put in a searchable database. The deadline for submissions is June 21, 2015. An international jury will choose one, or more, prizewinning project in July 2015. If the jury considers the quality sufficient, the following prizes will be awarded:


  • For the best project: 1st prize of €1.000
  • For up to 2 projects: an encouragement prize of €500

The jury consists of:

  • Yuki Shigeno, 2p, Nihon Ki-in, Japan
  • Ting Li, 1p Kansai Ki-in, Chinese and EGF Board member
  • Chihyung Nam, 2p Korea
  • Fernando Aguilar, 7d, South America
  • Chris Welsh, Secretary of the South African Go Association
  • Albert Fenech, Europe (France), winner of the first European Iwamoto Awards in 2001
  • Andy Okun, President of the American Go Association
  • Australia: David Ormerod

Judgement criteria:

You can find the criteria for judgement here


About the organization

The European Go Centre was founded with help of Iwamoto Kaoru and the Nihon Ki-in foundation in 1992. Therefore the history of the EGCC is strongly connected to the vision of Iwamoto sensei. As such we will continue to promote Go in his vision.


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