Born in Tokyo in 1961, Kouichi Akagi graduated in image science and technology from the Junior College Department of Tokyo Polytechnic University.
In addition to taking photographs for editorials and advertisements, Mr. Akagi also writes product testing and photographic “how-to” articles for camera magazines such as Asahi Camera and for Web-based media.
He has written many books, including “Masterpiece Lenses of Standard Cameras” (Shogakukan Inc.), and “Lens Supremacy!” (Heibonsha, Limited).
Born in Tokyo in 1947, Kazuo Unno is a nature photographer specializing in insects. Ever since he can remember he has been fascinated by the allure of insects, and he spent most of his time in his boyhood collecting and observing butterflies. He studied insect behavior in the research institute headed by Toshitaka Hidaka at the Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology. The publication by a magazine of a photograph taken in his university days showing the mating rejection behavior of a gray-veined white butterfly motivated him to choose a career as a freelance photographer.
Over many years he has taken photographs of insect mimicry in tropical rainforest regions of Asia and the Americas. Since 1990 he has maintained a studio in Komoro City in Nagano Prefecture, where he records the surrounding nature. His book “Camouflage and Mimicry of Insects” (Heibonsha, Limited) was awarded a Photographic Society of Japan Annual Award in 1994. Other main publications include “Butterflies” (Heibonsha, Limited), “Big Book of Insects – Rainforest Edition” (Data House), “Days of Moths and Butterflies” (Fukuinkan Shoten Publishers, Inc.), and “Portraits of Japanese Insects/Portraits of World’s Insects” (Jitsugyo no Nihon Sha, Ltd.).
Mr. Unno is also active in television, appearing on programs on the NHK Educational TV channel including “Welcome Back, Graduate!”, “Human Lecture” and “Point of View, Point at Issue”.
As well as being chairman of the Society of Scientific Photography, Mr. Unno is a board member of the Japan Insect Association and a member of the Japan Professional Photographers Society, among other organizations.
While pursuing his life’s work of photographing celestial bodies with particular emphasis on nebulae and star clusters, Masanori Senshu is also a popular personality on the Ichihara FM 76.7MHz community FM radio station based in Ichihara City, Chiba Prefecture. There he presents a lighthearted chat show every Thursday introducing local information. His popular program keeps listeners entertained throughout each two-hour live broadcast.
Mr. Senshu also energetically organizes events such as star-watching meetings and study courses in astrophotography for families, women and novices in cooperation with public institutions and private leisure facilities in Chiba and Ibaraki Prefectures.
From early childhood, Rob has had a keen interest in the great outdoors and the wildlife found in it. His first ever look through a spotting scope as a child happened to be his Uncle’s Kowa and now over 30 years on Rob feels privileged that he can enjoy his hobby with some of the best optical equipment available.
Rob spends a lot of his time walking on the beautiful Isle of Anglesey where he is spoilt by the wealth of bird and wildlife that the Island has to offer.
His background has always been in art and design and he has a keen interest in creative photography as well as wildlife. When taking his pictures, Rob always treats every image the same - looking for an interesting composition or pose, a silhouette in a sunset or a striking colour scheme.