Cain Shimizu

1970 Born in Osaka, Japan
Graduated from Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto


  I became interested in cameras when I was in high school. At that time, the goal was to shoot the Blue Impulse, an acrobatic flight team. After that, I didn't shoot for a while, but when I was 30, I started shooting again. At that time, I was mainly shooting landscapes in color. However, around 2018, I started taking monochrome photographs in earnest. I was convinced that taking a work in black and white would more accurately represent the scenery I felt. Since then, I have been shooting mainly Japanese landscapes and streets. I think I want you to feel the wonderful scenery of Japan from my work.

- Prize -

  • 2020 MONOCHROME PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS, UK

       ( Honorable Mention in the Photojournalism category, 2 works )

  • 2020 Budapest International Foto Awards (BIFA), Hungary

       ( Gold in Science/Technology category &HM in the Architecture category )

  • 2020 ND Awards, UK

    (Sports category & Architecture Buildings category / Honorable Mention )

  • 2020 Black & White Spider Awards, USA

      (2nd Place  Sport Category & Two works were selected as Honorable Mention &
        One work was NOMINEE)

  • 2020 International Photography Awards (IPA), USA

       (2nd Place  Special/Other,
        & Three other works were selected as Honorable Mention)

  • 2020 One Eyeland, 

          World's TOP10 Black & White Photographers Photo Contest, India
       (Japan's Photographers Rank #1, Action / SILVER & FINALIST )

  • 2020 Prix de la Photographie, Paris (PX3), France

       (Press Category / SILVER , Nature Category / Honorable Mention )

  • 2020 MonoVisions Photography Awards, UK

       (Architecture Category & Nature and Wildlife Category / Honorable Mention)

  • 2020 35AWARDS, Russia

       (Best Photographers In Japan 【 TOP 10 】)

  • 2020 Moscow International Foto Awards (MIFA), Russia

       (1st Place【 Science Photographer of the Year】 & Gold in Science/Technology,
        Two other works were selected as Honorable Mention in the Nature category )

  • 2020 International Photography Awards  One Shot / Movement                   Photo Contest , USA

       (Technology / Machine, Honorable Mention, 2 works )

  • 2020 FINE ART PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS, UK

       (Fine Art & Landscape, NOMINEE, 2works)

  • 2019 MONOCHROME PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS, UK

       (Fine Art, Honorable Mention)

  • 2019 TOKYO INTERNATIONAL FOTO AWARDS (TIFA),  JAPAN

       (Nature-Trees,Honorable Mention)

  • 2019 GR SNAPS Vol.7, JAPAN

       (NOMINEE )

  • 2019 Black & White Spider Awards, USA

       (Nature, NOMINEE )

  • 2019 BREITLING × Tokyo Camera Club AIR, LAND & SEA PHOTO CONTEST, JAPAN     

       (AIR Special Award ) 

  • 2019 International Photography Awards  (IPA), USA

       (Nature & Trees, Honorable Mention, 2 works ) 

  • 2018 MONOCHROME PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS , UK

       (Street, Honorable Mention )

  • 2017 National Geographic travel photographer of the year contest, USA

       (Week2 editors' favorites )

  • 2017 National Geographic daily dozen,USA

       (04 May 2017 )

- Exhibition -

  • Moscow Photocenter  (Russia)

       From 10 September 2020  to 15 September 2020

  • Agora Gallery (USA)

       From 01 March 2020 to 31 March 2020
    (Additional schedule :From Mid July to 31 August)


- Publication  -

  • Photographize Monochrome Issue N.05 (USA)


- Interviews -

  • Photoworld.bg (Bulgaria) 07 July 2020 , "Facebook・Instagram"
  • Photographize (USA)January 2020, "Featured artist"