Wataru Ninomiya
  • Born in Kanagawa, Japan, 1978
  • Staff photographer for a sports photo agency from 2009 to 2014, in charge of Universiade and Asian Games and later became a freelance.
  • Covered 2 Olympic games for summer and winter.
  • Attending various international sporting events and competitions.
  • Appointed as the official FINA photographer of 2019, the 18th FINA World Championships in Gwangju.

In 2004, I spent agonizing days working at a part-time job and didn’t have any specific goals to look forward to but there was this one sports magazine I really liked and was subscribed to. The magazine not only listed game results but it also illustrated the athletes’ feelings, and I remember being drawn to and fascinated by the world of sports. I was already 26 then, not young at all, but I began to think, “I would rather work in the field I really like”. It was only a vague notion, however a small ad for vocational school that was inserted in a page corner of the magazine caught my eye. I immediately went to the briefing session at the vocational school, got admitted, and started attending classes the next day – that was when my life as a sports photographer began. Since then, I’ve been lucky enough to meet a number of seniors and peers, and I got involved in the world of sports that was vague and daunting at the beginning. To this day I continue in that field without forgetting my feelings of joy and appreciation.
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