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Galapagos inspires man to become photographer

Date Posted: 2012-07-20

Mitsuaki Iwago found the breathtaking beauty of the Galapagos Islands to be a career-changing experience, motivating him to become a freelance photographer.

Today, Mitsuaki Iwagos Picture Exhibition is on display at the Urasoe Museum, a compilation of travels around the world that led to pictures twice on the cover of National Geographic Magazine. After finishing college, he began freelancing, winning Ihe Kimura prizes in 1979 and 1980. That motivated him to head for Africa and 1 years in the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania, where he took thousands of pictures of animal life.

His life in the Serengeti led to his publishing a photographic collection, Okite, which became a world best seller, with more than 150,000 copies sold. Iwago now focuses not only on the animal world, but also the environment. Hes also been known to dabble in dogs and cats.

The Okinawa exhibition features more than 150 photographs of lions from Africa, kangaroos from Australia, penguins in the Antarctic, polar bars, panda families, and Japanese monkeys. Hes also showing Okinawan cat pictures at the venue.

Saturday, Iwago will present a talk and photo slide show at the Harmony Center in Urasoe City, with free tickets given to the first 100 applicants. Reservations can be made at (098) 865-5200, 10 a.m. ~ 5 p.m. Hes also having a picture signing event at the Urasoe Art Museum fro 11 a.m. to noon for the first 50 to show up. From 3:30 p.m. ~ 5 p.m., hell meet another 100 people. Individuals who purchased photographic collections will get advanced numbered tickets.

The Exhibition is open through September 2nd, 9:30 a.m. ~ 5 p.m. daily except Fridays, when hours are 9:30 a.m. ~ 7 p.m. The Urasoe Art Museum is closed on Monday. Entry fees are 600 in advance or 800 at the door for adults, high school and college students, and 400 advance or 600 at the door for junior high school and elementary school students. Disabled persons and kids under age six are free.

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