Cain Shimizu


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


  The reason I take pictures of nature is that it makes me feel calm when I come in contact with nature or when I go to a park with few people. I may be feeling the quietness and subtle changes that nature creates. The dignified morning atmosphere also sharpens my senses. I make such feelings into a work by releasing the shutter as if drawing a single picture. Also, the reason I shoot the work in black and white is because I was convinced that I can express the scenery I felt more accurately. 

On the other hand, airplanes make me feel excited. I've always liked airplanes flying in the sky since I was a kid. And when I was in elementary school, I was impressed when I first saw the Blue Impass of the Japanese aerobatics team. I was overwhelmed by the performance that unfolded from the wonderful formation. That may be the reason why I am still looking forward to the aerobatics of Blue Impass. That's why I still keep taking pictures of airplanes. This is because I want to capture an airplane that I feel is cool as a work. 

I feel different emotions working when I take pictures of nature and when I take pictures of airplanes. I hope that you who see my work will feel both of my worldviews. 

Favorite camera
Nikon D850, Z6, D500
RICOH GR III, GR

- Prize -

  • 2022 refocus AWARDS

       (Event & Wedding Category / Bronze )

  • 2022 iPhone Photography Awards (IPPAWARDS), USA

       (People Category / Honorable Mention)

  • 2022 MonoVisions Photography Awards, UK

       (Travel Category / Honorable Mention)

  • 2022 Moscow International Foto Awards (MIFA), Russia

        ( Honorable Mention in the Editorial-General News category )

  • 2021 MONOCHROME PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS, UK

       ( Honorable Mention in the Photojournalism category )

  • 2021 TOKYO INTERNATIONAL FOTO AWARDS  (TIFA), Japan

       ( 1st Place winner in Events & Gold in Events/Sport, Silver in Events/Other )

  • 2021 Budapest International Foto Awards (BIFA), Hungary

       ( Gold in Science/Technology category , SilverBronze / Events category )

  • 2021 ND Awards, UK

    (Street Photography category / Honorable Mention )

  • 2021 Black & White Spider Awards, USA

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

  • 2021 International Photography Awards (IPA), USA

       (3rd Place  Event/Other,
        &  Other work was selected as Honorable Mention)

  • 2021 One Eyeland, 

          World's TOP10 Black & White Photographers Photo Contest, India
       ( Action category 2 Works & Street Category / FINALIST )

  • 2021 MonoVisions Photography Awards, UK

       (Street Category & Travel Category / Honorable Mention)

  • 2021 Moscow International Foto Awards (MIFA), Russia

       (Silver in Events category , 3 works)

  • 2021 35AWARDS, Russia

       (Best Photographers In Japan 【 TOP 10 】)

  • 2021 FINE ART PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS, UK

       (NOMINEE in Photojournalism category)

  • 2020 ONE EYELAND PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS, India

       ( Bronze in Sports category )

  • 2020 TOKYO INTERNATIONAL FOTO AWARDS  (TIFA), Japan

       ( Gold in Science/Technology category )

  • 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
      (Science category 1st place [Science Photographer of the Year] &
             Science Technology Category Gold Award, Honorable Mention x 2)
  • 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 -

  • A solo exhibition 

      Fuji Photo Gallery Ginza, Tokyo (Japan) 
      From 12 August 2022 to 18 August 2022

  • Tokyo International Foto Awards Winners Exhibition in 3 locations

       House of Lucie Budapest (Hungary)
       Shibuya Cultural Center Owada, Tokyo (Japan)

       House of Lucie, Soorijan, Kashan (Iran)
       From 20 July 2022 to 24 July 2022

  • Moscow International Foto Awards Winners Exhibition

       The Crimean Republican Universal Scientific(Russia)

       From 17 December 2020 to 31 January 2021  

  • Moscow International Foto Awards Winners 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  -

  • BEST OF THE BEST PHOTOGRAPHERS 2021 (India)
  • PX3. 14 (France)
  • 100 [HUNDRED] Photographize Best Selected 2020 Vol. 01(USA) 
  • Photographize Monochrome Issue N.05 (USA)


- Interviews -

  • TIFA(Japan) Jan.2021,Posted in an interview on the homepage
  • Photoworld.bg (Bulgaria) 04 Nov. 2021 , "Inspiration Feeder"
  • Photoworld.bg (Bulgaria) 07 July 2020 , "Facebook・Instagram"
  • Photographize (USA)Jan. 2020, "Featured artist"