IPA: International Photography Awards 2011 "In-between Midlife" 1st place in People - Other category

The series... "In-between" (a.k.a. Moon Man) is very very important work for me. (Of course, other works also very important for me but finding the subject inside me was really amazing coincidence at that time of my life.)

I found Moon Man in me the end of last summer. In other words, I finally noticed him who has been there with me since I was little. My inner-life document photographic journey is an on-going project. Yes, keep moving forward...

Here is the link to the Winners Gallery: Winners Gallery ZOOM: Toko Shiiki "In-between"

If you want to see the whole images in the series, please visit:
http://tokoshiiki.com under "Portfolio "Midlife - Chapter 2 In-between"

Here is the press release about this. I'm very thankful to introduce Moon Man outside of the world... Thank you so very much. Toko

Toko Shiiki was Awarded: 1st place in People - Other category for the winning entry "In-between "Midlife""

Entry Description: This is my inner-life document photographs; a story about a man lost his identity, in between birth and death. Where, when, did he start thinking he chose the wrong path and lost the idea of "who he is?" He found a face, and somehow began moving forward, again...

About Winner: 
Born in Japan. Lived, Learned, and experienced in Tokyo most of her life and moved to Michigan, USA 2005. I have a passion for photography that tell a story. Many of my images are inspired by dreams and my life experiences. Now, I have been working on the "inner-life documentary" project, to visualize what I've experienced at this present time... I find photography to be a most effective way to express my view of the world (inside and outside.) No matter what my subject is, I want to create images that tell a story. But it is my hope that every time people see my photographs, they will feel encouraged to interpret the images in their own way. Art is my life power, and I am still finding ways to let it speak through me... 

About IPA:
The International Photography Awards is a sister-effort of the Lucie Foundation, where the top three winners are announced at the annual Lucie Awards ceremony. The awards event will be held at the Lincoln Center in New York on October 24, 2011, before returning to Los Angeles in 2012 in celebration of the 10-year anniversary. Over 8,000 submissions from 90 countries were received for the 2011 International Photography Awards with over 70 jurors, the largest to date. The Foundation's mission is to honor master photographers, discover new and emerging talent, and promote the appreciation of photography. IPA is dedicated to recognizing contemporary photographers' accomplishments in this specialized and highly visible competition.
Visit www.photoawards.com for more details.



  1. Wow! It's difficult to know where to start.....
    I took a break from reviewing Ps to visit your website and have been enriched for doing so! Is it the photos that stick with me? Is the genuineness? The bravery?? The awards??? All I know is that I am touched--deeply so. Thank you. I plan to revisit.... Keep truckin'.... and thanks for sharing. Bill

  2. Dear Bill, Thank you so very much for seeing the images and sharing your thoughtful words with me... Truly, I'm moved and so thankful... Of course, I wished other people to see stories in the images and if felt something... and when I had an opportunity to know that - it is really a treasure moment of life to me. Once again, thank you so so so much... Toko

  3. Omedetou, Toko san! We are very proud of you, and touched by your creativity and generousity!