Satoyama Photo Contest Award 2018

The Japan Times Satoyama Photo Contest Selected by Readers 2018

~ Share the beauty of “Satoyama” to the world ~

Announced the Winners

This contest is aimed at spreading more interest in Satoyama by photos taken in various areas. In the contest, we received applications for general category 879 works and 51 municipal category, and judging by adviser of this consortium, voting by Japan Times readers, one prize in each division and two outstanding prizes were decided The prize-winning works are scheduled to be published on the English language newspaper The Japan Times on Nov.5th 2018.

General category

Best Award Best Award
Best Award Mr. Hideto Hirayama
Photographer :
Mr. Hideto Hirayama
Shooting Place :
Hoshi-toge, Niigata Pref.
Thank you for choosing my work. Even more of just allowing me to take pictures, I will continue to keep my manners and show my respect to the people of the area.
Excellence Award Excellence Award
Excellence Award Ken-san
Photographer :
Mr. Masayuki Mafune
Shooting Place :
Itoshima-shi, Fukuoka Pref.
We do not get much snow in Fukuoka, but when we do, it only sticks possibly once a year. Despite such a region, when the snow falls, it is shoveled away for worshipers to pass through which resembles a feeling of Japan and to be able to photograph that was an honor itself. I am very pleased to be chosen for the Excellence Award. I would like to continue to take photographs of Japanese landscape from now on and continue with Satoyama Landscapes. Thank you very much.
Excellence Award Ken-san
Photographer :
Ken-san
Shooting Place :
Nantan-shi, Kyoto Pref.
I am very pleased that my work has been selected for such a wonderful prize, I never thought I’d be contacted. If it weren’t for me leaving early in the morning, I would not have seen a scene worthy of a Satoyama landscape. This has brought up nostalgic memories. I believe it would be best to keep Satoyama Landscapes. Thank you very much.

Municipal category

Best Award Best Award
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Municipality :
Hayama-machi
Town Mayor :
Mr. Takahito Yamanashi
Shooting Place :
Kamiyamaguchi, Hayama-machi, Kanagawa Pref.
Comment :
Unusual rice paddies remain in Kanto as like in this original scenery of Hayama. At dusk, the colors created by natural nature such as the sky and the mountains shine beautifully.
Municipality
introduction :
Through Instagram, the town is sharing glimpses into residents’ daily lives and its idyllic paradisal scenery with the world. The account, @hayama_official, is one of the most popular municipal accounts in Japan. The town boasts many vacation homes and is surrounded by a pristine landscape that includes rice terraces and the coast where Japan’s yachting scene originated. The town is the renowned location of an Imperial villa, which was completed in 1894.
URL:
http://www.town.hayama.lg.jp/
Excellence Award Excellence Award
Excellence Award Kumano City
Municipality :
Kumano-shi
Mayor :
Mr. Kanji Kawakami
Shooting Place :
Maruyama-Senmaida, Mie Pref.
Comment :
“Maruyama Senmaida” is chosen as the Japanese one hundred rice terraces. Every year in early July, 1340 torches are lit and an insect repellent event is held in this fantastic landscape.
Municipality
introduction :
Located in the southern part of Mie Prefecture, the city of Kumano is home to several UNESCO World Heritage sites, including the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage routes, Onigajo rocks, Shishi Iwa rock and Hananoiwaya Shrine. Mikan (mandarin oranges) cultivated in warm weather are the specialty of this city that is blessed with rich nature and an abundance of tradition.
URL :
http://www.city.kumano.mie.jp/index.html
Excellence Award Yamagata City
Municipality :
Yamagata-shi
Mayor :
Mr. Takahiro Sato
Shooting Place :
West Part of Yamagata-shi, Yamagata Pref.
Comment :
On a gently rolling hilly area west of Yamagata City, rice patty fields have been made and used since long ago. It is not as big as a rice terrace, however, rice is preciously cherished here.
Municipality
introduction :
The city of Yamagata is home to the famous Zao Onsen Ski Resort and Yamadera (formally, Risshakuji Temple), which is registered as one site of the Japan Heritage program. Visitors to the capital of Yamagata Prefecture can appreciate a broad range of traditions, food and crafts. These include the historical castle town that used to be home to a flourishing safflower trade, the Yamagata Hanagasa Festival, agricultural products nurtured in bountiful nature, sake, imoni (simmered potato) and ramen (Yamagata has the largest consumption rate in Japan).
URL:
http://www.city.yamagata-yamagata.lg.jp/