Hiroyuki Nakamura
  • Born in Fukuoka, Japan, 1977
  • Appointed as staff photographer since 1999, later became a freelance in 2011.
  • Covered eight Olympic games for summer and winter, seven FINA World Championships.
  • Shooting a wide range from student sports to top athletes.
  • Appointed as the official FINA photographer since 2015, the 16th FINA World Championships in Kazan.
  • Appointed as the official FINA photographer of 2018, the 14th FINA World Swimming Championships (25m) in Hangzhou.

In 1995, when I was 17, I had a vague intention of pursuing a career somehow related to sports. One day, on my way home from school, I bought a photo book at a small bookstore and that was when I discovered the profession of sports photography. Five years later in September 2000, when I turned 23, I was given a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to cover the Sydney Olympic Games. However at the same time, I experienced the unexpected – my upper body was paralyzed and I completely lost my sense of taste. This was caused by a tick bite virus that was widespread at the time in Sydney. But nothing stopped me from taking photographs at the Olympics and I just kept on releasing the shutter. “If left untreated for one more day, you would’ve been dead,” the doctor told me. For 11 years, I worked at Photo Kishimoto, a sport photo agency where I learned a great deal, and at the age 34, I went independent.
Wrinkles on my face increased, and hair turned salt and pepper, however my feelings and respect for shooting athletes still remain young in my 20s. I am certainly looking forward in covering the upcoming FINA World Championships.
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