TOKYO -- The Mainichi Shimbun has won the encouragement prize and the special prize in this year's Tokyo Press Photographers Association awards for its photographs showing the scene of a fatal traffic accident in Tokyo and devastating typhoon damage to Kansai International Airport, respectively.
The association, comprising 35 newspaper companies, news service agencies and other organizations, announced the winners of this year's prizes for distinguished press photos on Nov. 26. The grand prize, the association award, went to the Yomiuri Shimbun's photo capturing protesters in Hong Kong.
A photo taken by Mainichi Shimbun photographer Toshiki Miyama showing a bicycle torn apart by the impact of a car crash triggered by a then 87-year-old driver in Tokyo's Ikebukuro district in April, won the encouragement prize in the domestic general news category. The accident left a woman and her young daughter dead and others injured.
A set of aerial photos shot by Mainichi Shimbun photographer Kentaro Ikushima from a company helicopter showing damage caused by Typhoon Jebi that crippled Kansai International Airport in Osaka Prefecture, western Japan, in September 2018, won the special prize. The pair of photos also earned a prize in this year's Japan Newspaper Publishers & Editors Association Awards in September.
A weeklong exhibition displaying some 300 prize-winning and other press photos is set to open at Nihombashi Mitsukoshi Main Store in Tokyo's Chuo Ward on Dec. 18. Admission is free.
(Japanese original by Shin Yamamoto, Photo Group)