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10th “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

Tatsuya Yamashita
Born in 1982 / Born in Fukui Prefecture.
I try to have a keen awareness, through photography,
of land that can’t be restored by human hands
and records and memories that can’t be erased.

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


  • "u"

    Kazumi Abe

    Born in 1981

    Attended Japan Women’s University, Faculty of Integrated Arts and Social Sciences, Department of Humanities and Cultures.

  • "pin HOLE"

    Yuya Koike

    Born in 1987

    Graduated from Tokyo Polytechnic University’s Faculty of Arts, Department of Photography.

  • "sample"

    Mai Chaya

    Born in 1982

    Graduated from Tokyo University of Foreign Studies.

  • "future SOUND"

    Takahiro Mizushima

    Born in 1988

    Graduated from Tokyo Visual Arts.

  • "Decontamination"

    Tatsuya Yamashita

    Born in 1982

    Born in Fukui Prefecture.

  • "empty space"

    Tadataka Wakayama

    Born in 1980

    Graduate of Waseda University Art and Architecture School.

Judges’ Encouragement Prizes

  • Kensuke Sasaki

    Selected by Satoshi Machiguchi

  • Takamitsu Nii

    Selected by Ryudai Takano

  • Yusaku Yamazaki

    Selected by Hiromi Tsuchida

  • Maiko Suzuki

    Selected by Kimi Himeno

  • Mika Sato

    Selected by Rei Masuda

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

  • Naoki Abe
  • Kazumi Abe
  • Takamitsu Nii
  • Tamami Iinuma
  • Hiroyuki Otsuka
  • Mika Kajiya
  • Gen Kasuga
  • Ryoma Kanoh
  • Yuya Koike
  • Yutaka Komase
  • Kazuma Sakurai
  • Kensuke Sasaki
  • Mika Sato
  • Maiko Suzuki
  • ​Yuki Takada
  • Shuhei Takeshita
  • Mai Chaya
  • Daigo Tochimaru
  • Keisuke Torio
  • Yuki Nakamura
  • Chihaya Nishii
  • Hishinuma Isao
  • Hatsumi Matsushita
  • Masashi Matsuda
  • Akira Matsuda
  • Takahiro Mizushima
  • Nami Miyataka
  • Yusaku Yamazaki
  • Tatsuya Yamashita
  • Tadataka Wakayama

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.


  • Ryudai Takano


    Born in 1963. His major photo books are IN MY ROOM (Sokyusha), How to contact a man (Akio Nagasawa Publishing), Kasubaba (Daiwa Press), α (SUPER DELUXE) and Manazashi ni fureru (Suiseisha). In 2006 he won a Kimura Ihei Award in Photography.

  • Kimi Himeno

    (Principal and director of AKAAKA Art Publishing)

    Established AKAAKA Art Publishing in 2006. To date the company has published more than 200 books, mainly photo books and art books. Publications include many recipients of the Kimura Ihei Award: Lieko Shiga (“CANARY” 2007); Atsushi Okada (“I am” 2007); Masashi Asada (“Asadake” 2008); Cozue Takagi (“MID” 2009; “GROUND” 2009); Arata Dodo (“Taigan” 2012); Ryuichi Ishikawa (“A Grand Polyphony” 2014; “okinawan portraits 2010-2012” 2014); and Aya Fujioka (“Here Goes River” 2017). Since 2018 she is also a professor at Osaka University of Arts.

  • Hiromi Tsuchida


    Born in Fukui Prefecture in 1939. His major works include Zokushin (1976), Hiroshima (1985), Counting Grains of Sand (1990) and BERLIN (2011). In 2008 he won the Domon Ken Award. Collections of his works are found at the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, Centre Pompidou in Paris, etc.

  • Rei Masuda

    (Chief curator at The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo)

    Born in Kobe in 1968. Completed the graduate course in Area Studies at the University of Tsukuba. Since 1992 he has worked at The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo (MOMAT). Among exhibitions he has curated in recent years are: “Josef Koudelka Retrospective” (2013), “Narahara Ikko: Domains” (2014), and “Thomas Ruff” (2016).

  • 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.