Japanese Climber Hiraide Wins Uemura Naomi Adventure Prize (News)
Tokyo, Feb. 16 (Jiji Press)—Japanese alpinist and mountain photographer Hiraide Kazuya, 37, won this year's Uemura Naomi Adventure Prize, awarded to adventurers who make significant achievements in exploring nature, the prize organizer said Thursday.
Born in the town of Fujimi, Nagano Prefecture, central Japan, Hiraide became the first person to scale the southeastern wall of 7,756-meter Mount Kamet in India in 2008 and received the prestigious Piolets d'Or prize, referred as the "Oscars of the mountaineering world," the following year.
Juries picked Hiraide as the twenty-first winner of the prize, named after prominent Japanese adventurer and climber Uemura Naomi, not only because he has made many achievements as an alpinist including ascents of unscaled peaks but because he, as a photographer, has always tried something new, such as taking pictures of mountains from the air using a kite and drone, according to the organizer.
"I was delighted to know that I was chosen because my activities have positively influenced other people," Hiraide said.
The award ceremony will be held on September 30 in Toyooka, a city in the western prefecture of Hyogo that is Uemura's birthplace and sponsors the award.[Copyright The Jiji Press, Ltd.]