TOYAMA--You don't have to be a professional photographer to take a pretty cool picture.
A kid with a camera can be up there with the best of them.
That was evident from the selection of winners in the photography category of the 36th All-Japan High School Cultural Festival.
Their winning photos, announced Aug. 3, will be displayed when the festival gets under way Aug. 8.
The highest award from the education minister went to Kumiko Inamura, a third-year student at Hyogo Prefectural Kakogawa Nishi High School.
Her work, titled "Mizuasobi" (Water play), shows a dog shaking its coat after a dip in a neighborhood river.
"The interesting thing about photos is that a single picture can capture an instant that may not be visible to the naked eye," she said.
The award from the commissioner for cultural affairs went to Kaho Shimada, a third-year student at Gizan Senior High School in Gifu Prefecture, and Rumi Matsui, a third-year student at Shobara Jitsugyo High School in Hiroshima Prefecture.
The Asahi Shimbun award was presented to Kotomi Tokunaga, a third-year student at Kawanoishi Senior High School in Ehime Prefecture. Her work was entitled "Watashi kirei?" (Am I pretty?). She captured a foreign resident who had taken part in a local mud soccer tournament.
The Yomiuri Shimbun award went to Shintaro Kaneko, a third-year student at Kofu Kogyo Technical High School in Yamanashi Prefecture.
The award-winning photos will be part of the 300 or so on display at Fukuno Bunka Sozo Center Helios in Nanto, Toyama Prefecture, to be held Aug. 8-12.
The cultural festival is being organized by the Agency for Cultural Affairs, the All Japan Senior High School Cultural Federation, the Toyama prefectural government and other organizations. The Asahi Shimbun is also a special supporter of the festival.
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