Osamu James Nakagawa, #E28A, from Mado, 1991
The city of Sagamihara (Kanagawa Prefecture) launched a photo festival in 2001 to celebrate photography as a witness of the past as well as a modern artistic means of expression. Each year, it awards honors to acclaimed photographers in Japan and Asia. It has become one of the most prestigious photo awards in Japan alongside the Ken Domon Award and the Higashikawa Photo Award. Past winners of the Sagamihara prize include: Hiroo Kikai, Seiichi Furuya, Shisei Kuwahara and Lieko Shiga.