Awards and Publications

Various prizes and publications of my photographs around the world.

– (March 2015)  1st Prize of the March 2015 Monthly Photo Contest, Popular Photography Magazine, USA
– (Nov 2015)  Special mention (佳作) at the PPK 第10回舞妓ともみじ大撮影会 (

– (March 2016) Special Selection (特 選) at the Photo Partner West  第6回京都舞妓大撮影会 写真コンテスト (Summer 2016) (
– LensCulture: While I didn’t win any prize for my participation in their Photo Contest, I did receive an invitational account on (
– (Nov 2016) PPK 11th Maiko and Momiji Photo Contest – 2nd Special Selection, 準特選 at the PPK 第11回舞妓ともみじ大撮影会 (

– (May 2017) N-Photo Magazine’s Photographer of the Year 2016, #5 in the Portrait category (
– 2017, a Gurushots’s Top Pick in contest “Solo Subject” enabled my photo to be exhibited at the Hinterland Gallery in Vienna (
– One of my photos was featured for the cover of an article about Obon in the France Culture Papiers magazine

– (Fall 2018) A series of photos on “Devotion” was published in the Kyoto Journal issue #92 (
– (Dec 2018) Short article on Street Photography on the Photocrowd website (

– 2019, one of my photos won the following three awards on Viewbug:

  • (Janvier 2019) Won Contest Finalist in Image of the Month Photo Contest Vol 40
  • (February 2019) Won Contest Finalist in Monthly Pro Photo Contest Vol 47
  • (March 2019) Won Contest Finalist in Covers Photo Contest Vol 1

While I am not very organized, a number of my photos can be seen around the internet on my old photo website (, as well as on Flickr, 500px, Viewbug, Gurushots, and Photocrowd.

And of course, you can follow me on Instagram

Here are various prizes and awards received…

The Kagai

Geiko walking down the street

The Kagai, or Hanamachi, literally translated as “Flower Town” is the term Kyoto people use for the districts where the geiko (geisha) and maiko (apprentice) practice the high-class arts that have made their beauty and refinement legendary the world over.

There are five Kagai in Kyoto: Gion Kobu, Miyagawa-Cho, Pontocho, Kamishichiken and Gion Higashi — these are known as Kyoto’s Gokagai.  

Winner of the National Dress photo contest on Photocrowd:

“Executed with explicitly beautiful technique and a very tight square composition, I love this shot. The tight focus on the subject with the focus dropping away quickly adds to the composition around the subject matter. Add in the green detail, the sharpness of the focus on the eyes, mouth and a little highlight to the right of the hair makes this image of a geisha walking down the street a standout for me. A very aesthetic and simple portrait but one which beautifully captures the brief.”

Reviewed by Liam Bailey

Photo selected by N-Photo magazine (UK) for the Nikon Photographer of the year 2016 (NIK71.NPOTY2.pdf)



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