Honorable Mention TOKYO-2020 Nature / Seasons


  • Photographer
    Masahiro Hiroike
  • Agency / Studio
    Side Ltd
  • Technical Info
    Long Exposure
  • Photo Date
    2017/07/18 - 2019/07/17

"Himebotaru" is a small firefly about 6mm long living in the forest. On a summer night, they fly with light. I have been researching the firefly habitat for seven years and taking pictures. The shooting location is 10 to 30 minutes by car from my house and I shoot every night in June and July. All photos are taken with a single shutter and are not composited. I use 3 to 5 cameras at the same time. A shutter with a timer function is attached to each to shoot automatically.

Masahiro Hiroike is a computer engineer and photographer born in Tottori, Japan in 1962.