Mitsuhiko Imamori 今森光彦
Mitsuhiko Imamori (1954–) is a native of Shiga Prefecture and a self-taught professional photographer. Starting in his birthplace near Lake Biwa, he began work as a freelance photographer in 1980, taking as his theme the relationship of people and nature—an interest that led him onward to tropical rain forests and deserts around the world. He is also known for his papercut designs, striking cutouts of natural forms that he fashions from scissors and paper. Konchu-ki (Days of Insects) won the Anima Prize in 1989, while his Sekai konchu-ki (Insects of the World) won the Mainichi Publishing Culture Award, the Grand Prize of the Sankei Children's Book Award, and the Kimura Ihei Award in 1994—just some of the many accolades his numerous publications have garnered. Ojiichan wa mizu no nioi ga shita (Grandpa Smelled of Water) received the Shogakukan Children's Publication Culture Award in 2006.