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12th “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

"Inverted Spectrum, Circle"
Yoh Aoki
Born in 1982 / Graduated from Waseda University with a BA in Philosophy of Language and Aesthetics.
In these photographs capturing scenes from everyday life, many look at things from a slightly oblique angle. The meaning and content of our memory of events are heavily influenced by trivial differences.

Final Round of JudgingWed. May 13, 2015

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” ExhibitionMon. May 11, 2015 - Thu. June 04, 2015

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


  • "Inverted Spectrum, Circle"

    Yoh Aoki

    Born in 1982

    Graduated from Waseda University with a BA in Philosophy of Language and Aesthetics.

  • "Hollow"

    Naoki Abe

    Born in 1983

    Graduated from Tokyo Zokei University Graduate School with a Master of Fine Arts in Photography.


    Kosuke Ishida

    Born in 1990

    Graduated from the Information Design course of Kyoto University of Art & Design.

  • "2012-2015"

    Mikaru Toshida

    Born in 1986

    Graduated from Nippon Photography Institute with a concentration in Photography.

  • "Wave Erosion"

    Arito Nishiki

    Born in 1981

    Graduated from Tokyo College of Photography.

  • "Baymax Hanzawa"

    photo maker

    Born in 1991

Judges’ Encouragement Prizes

  • "loss, point"

    Marin Kawamori

    Selected by Atsuki Kikuchi

  • "Pavane"

    Shinako Sakurama

    Selected by Ryudai Takano

  • "bush and sea"

    Sho Ishikawa

    Selected by Sayaka Takahashi

  • "white cube"

    Misako Taoka

    Selected by Hiromi Tsuchida

  • "Le Monde"

    Mana Kikuta

    Selected by Satoshi Machiguchi

Second Round of JudgingThu. March 05, 2015 - Thu. March 12, 2015

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

  • Ayumi Miyano
  • Naoki Abe
  • photo maker
  • Masato Suzuki
  • Sho Ishikawa
  • Sayako Kazui
  • Ryota Kurosawa
  • Yusuke Tanakadate
  • Takafumi Sakanaka
  • Chiawen Lin
  • Misako Taoka
  • Mikaru Toshida
  • Kitchen Minoru
  • Koichi Mitsuoka
  • Mana Kikuta
  • Akane Mochizuki
  • Shinako Sakurama
  • Natsumi Awano
  • Kosuke Ishida
  • Yoh Aoki
  • 145
  • Yuji Tozawa
  • Kanae Yokoyama
  • Kohei Fukushima
  • Hana Sawada
  • Marin Kawamori
  • Masamitsu Magome
  • Furuno Tatsuya
  • Arito Nishiki
  • Russell Scott Peagler

Portfolio JudgingWed. February 25, 2015 - Wed. March 04, 2015

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.


  • Atsuki Kikuchi

    (Graphic designer)

    Born in Tokyo in 1974. He attended Musashino Art University, majoring in Sculpture. In 2000 he established Bluemark, and then in 2011 he founded his own design studio. His work areas include brand planning, logo design, signage planning, editorial design, etc., with a strong focus on art, fashion and architecture. He is also the principal of Book Peak, planners and publishers of art books.

  • 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.

  • Sayaka Takahashi

    (Gallery Director of PGI)

    Born in Chiba Prefecture. Studied Literature at Waseda University under Osamu Hiraki. In 1998, she participated as a volunteer at the Higashikawa International Photo Festival, and from 2003 through 2010 served as the festival’s on-site production leader and assistant director. Since the winter of 1998, she has been involved in work relating to photographic preservation and display at Photo Gallery International (PGI), where as Director she is in charge of exhibition planning and operation.

  • 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.

  • 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.