Ted Kim is an artist working with photography. Ted was on the shortlist of contestants in the 2013 Sony World Photography Awards in the Enhance category. Ted is a professional matte painting, landscape, and portrait photographer in South Korea.

Ted uses photography to capture unexpected and spontaneous moments in daily life and to express his personal ideas with a moment of truth and superb workflow. Ted strives to find a different look for landscapes, particularly famous locations, taking unique photographs of places that have been shot many times by other photographers. He is perplexed by perception of artist as coffee-drinking loafers who work whenever they feel like it. He doesn’t even drink coffee. Ted’s photographs are about a way of looking at the world, to reveal magic in the mundane. He hopes his photographs are read and not just seen. He is never bored.

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Naoyuki Toyoda is one of Japan’s most accomplished underwater photographers. Born in 1959, he studied fish behavior at the Tokyo University of Fisheries and learned how to SCUBA dive. After graduation, he worked as an office worker, a fisherman and a journalist. In 1991 he began to take underwater photographs for diving magazines including Diving World and Diver. In 1995 his photographs were prominently featured in Canon calendar.

Naoyuki loves the oceans of Japan, and has taken many photos from the north and south areas. In addition to he photography in the oceans of Japan, Naoyuki has started to shoot in other locations around the globe. Naoyuki has also expanded his craft to include filming for underwater movies, TV commercials, and TV programs. His latest projects involve climbing mountains to take photos of the sea. He believes there is a connection between mountains and the ocean.

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Born in Tokyo Japan, Hanawa Shinichi is a freelance portrait photographer based in Tokyo. Hanawa primarily photographs people including actors and actresses, politicians, and celebrities. He also works with many major camera manufactures shooting sample photos and catalogs.

Hanawa writes articles about cameras and photography for a photographic magazine in Japan. His life work consists of portraits of people outside of Japan and cityscapes. He’s had many experiences conducting photo exhibitions and is a member of the Japan Professional Photographers Society (JPS.)

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Munemasa Kobayashi majored in photography at Nihon University and graduated in 1968. After working at various advertising companies such as the Japan Design Center and Tokyu Agency Inc. he began working independently in 1975. In 1987, he established Mune Studio Inc. where he currently works.

His works have been nominated for the Asahi Advertisement Award in 1973 as well as the Asahi and Mainichi Advertisement Awards in 1974. In 2001 he was nominated for the 48th Catalogue & Poste Fair Advertisement Award. He acquired Color Management Professional degree in 2009, and was assigned to the Denjuku headquarters steering committee in 2011.

Currently he photographs still life, fashion, people, and numerous other motifs. His creative use of light in his vivid depictions of still life is of particular interest.

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Ryo Ohwada was selected for the “Regeneration: 50 photographers of tomorrow” exhibition held by the Swiss Musée de l’Elysée in 2005, In 2011 Ryo received the Newcomer’s Award from the Photographic Society of Japan. He has a Master’s degree in media art studies from Tokyo Polytechnic University Graduate School of Arts. His photographs have been published in Prism (Seigensya), Notes on Photography (Libro arte), and FORM — Scenery Seen Through BONSAI (Shinsuisya).

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Takehiko was born in Yokohama, 1960 and works as a photo retoucher and digital printing operator. Takehiko also lectures for the Nippon Photography Institute and Photo School Tokyo.

While working for the distributor of Apple computers, he taught lessons to designers, photographers, and advertising firms. Later he was contracted with Kodak Japan Ltd. While there he demonstrated how to use Labo’s digital machinery as a color management tecnical adviser.

Today, Takehiko retouches photographs for close friends and teaches photography editing lessons at two schools. Takehiko believes working closely with photographers, makeup artists, and models, maintains his creativity when retouching photos.

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Born in 1979. Jun quit high school to experience the world. He discovered photography was the way to go, so he opened his own photo studio. Based on his working experience, he now works and takes photos for a major internet fashion mall.

Mountain landscapes hve always fascinated him, so now he mainly captures mountain landscape pictures. He is a member of Korea Mountain Photography Association and had a private exhibition.

He has granted over $300K for 2 years from the Keep-Walking Fund organized by Johnnie Walker for his mountain photography work.

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To Jasper Doest, photography is always about emotion. Whether it’s a travel documentary in Mexico or Poland, a photograph of a grebe in his home country The Netherlands, or an image series about arctic foxes on Svalbard: it must be an expressive image, an image that should touch its viewers.

Jasper brings nature, anywhere in the world, closer. Close to him, close to others. He explains: “I owe a lot to the natural world and photography is my way to give something back.”

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Alex Soh believes that a good photograph is all about opportunity. An artist doesn’t make art – art happens. As art director and photographer for RBC Ministries, Alex has literally traveled all over the world building the organization’s stock image library since 1997. His photographs have won numerous awards and accolades and have been featured on the covers of Our Daily Bread that is distributed worldwide with a circulation figure of 17 million copies. Alex grew up in a village in Singapore and his adventures there inspired the creativity that has led to a passion for photography. He is looking forward to publish his first book Life Touching Moments. Alex desires to share with others pictures of God’s creation and pictures that touch lives.

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Born in Aichi Prefecture in 1963, Uozumi was a member of an Indie rock band during his high school years. He encountered the works of Ansel Adams while in Los Angeles, and began taking landscape photos. He repeatedly traveled to the United States, and after a stint as a studio assistant, he became a freelance photographer in 1994. Having moved his office to Tokyo in 1998, he continues to actively pursue his career as a photographer mainly taking portraits for magazines and advertisements.

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