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4th “1_WALL” Photography

Today, modes of artistic expression are becoming increasingly diversified, and together with artists who wholeheartedly seek to express themselves in new ways, Guardian Garden aspires to be a venue for considering new expressive modes. This aspiration derives from our hope that artists will overcome any hurdles in their way by offering them a gallery wall where they can express themselves freely, through their works.

Judging Results

Final Round of Judging

Grand Prize

"submerge garden"
Naoyuki Hata
Born in 1979 / Graduated from Gifu Keizai University (Faculty of Economics, Department of Industrial Business Administration).
I wondered how the world would look submerged in water. I think I was feeling a sense of pressure like that.

Final Round of Judging

The third and final round of judging is conducted open to public viewing. The six finalists give presentations of their works on display and their plans for their solo exhibition if they win the Grand Prize. The judges discuss the merits of each finalist’s portfolio, works shown, and presentation, and together decide the winner of the Grand Prize.

“1_WALL” Exhibition

A group exhibition is held spotlighting the six finalists to emerge from the second round of judging. Each finalist is allocated a gallery wall (approx. 3.85m wide and 2.5m high) to display their works. Besides the works themselves, the judges also take into consideration how the finalists use their overall display space and how they show their works.

Success in the Second Round of Judging


  • "Dust on the Sheets"

    Shuta Iizuka

    Born in 1982

    Graduated from Musashino Art University.

  • "Tokyo, Now"

    Kisara Okada

    Born in 1988

    Graduated from Musashino Art University, majoring in Imaging Arts and Sciences. Currently studying Tokyo College Of Photography.

  • "Unconformity"

    Asako Saito

    Born in 1975

  • "submerge garden"

    Naoyuki Hata

    Born in 1979

    Graduated from Gifu Keizai University (Faculty of Economics, Department of Industrial Business Administration).

  • "Play #01:Photo Drama"

    Arata Mino

    Born in 1987

    Graduated from Waseda University, School of Humanities and Social Sciences.

  • "Sleeping Next to a Miracle"

    Takahiro Yamashita

    Born in 1984

    Graduated from Nippon Photography Institute.

Second Round of Judging

A portfolio review is held one-on-one between each entrant and a judge. Here, the entrants are given the opportunity to directly explain the motives behind their works or their production process. After all portfolio reviews are completed, the judges assemble to discuss their assessments and select the six finalists.

Success in First Round of Judging

Entrants Who Successfully Passed the First Round of Judging

Portfolio Judging

Judging is performed based on entrants’ work files and data. The judges, all prominent in their respective fields – design, illustration, photography, etc. – plus members of the secretariat, render their judgments from various perspectives. Thirty entrants are selected to continue on to the second round of judging.


  • Osamu Kanemura


    Born in Tokyo in 1964. In 1992, while studying at Tokyo College of Photography, invited to participate in “The 3rd Fotografie Biennale: Waste Land from Now on” in Rotterdam, Netherlands. In 1997, received a New Photographer Prize from the Photographic Society of Japan and also at the 13th Higashikawa International Photography Festival. In 2000, received the 19th Ken Domon Prize. His numerous publications include the photo collections Spider’s Strategy, In-between 12 Osamu Kanemura: Germany, Finland and German Suplex.

  • Risaku Suzuki


    Born in Shingu, Wakayama, in 1963. In 2000 he received the 25th Kimura Ihei Award in Photography for “PILES OF TIME.” His recent publications include “Water Mirror” (Case Publishing / Fine-Art Photography Association), “SAKURA” (edition nord), “Étude” (SUPER LABO), “Between the Sea and the Mountain – Kumano ” (amanasalto), “Ishiki no nagare” [Stream of Consciousness] (edition nord) and “Atelier of Cézanne” (Nazraeli Press).

  • Manabu Torihara

    (Researcher of photography)

  • Satoshi Machiguchi

    (Art director, Publisher)

    President of the design studio match and company, inc. In 2005 he launched “M,” a photo book label, and began operating “bookshop M,” a website selling photo books. Since 2008 he has continuously exhibited his works at “Paris Photo,” one of the world’s foremost photography festivals, just one example of how he demonstrates his unique approach to his art. He probes the possibilities of Japanese photo books from a global perspective.

  • Yuri Mitsuda

    (Art critic)

    Graduated from Kyoto University, Faculty of Letters. In 2007 one of her publications won a Scholastic Achievement Award from the Photographic Society of Japan. Other published works include Words and Things: Jiro Takamatsu’s issue with Japanese Art 1961-72 and Photographs by Yasuzo Nojima.