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Hiraide wins prize for adventuring

Jiji Press TOKYO (Jiji Press) — Japanese alpinist and mountain photographer Kazuya Hiraide, 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 21st winner of the prize, named after prominent Japanese adventurer and climber Naomi Uemura, 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.

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