Shizuka Minami was born in Tokyo, Japan in 1979. Shizuka completed International Center of Photography’s Documentary Photography and Photojournalism in New York in 2005. She won several photography awards including PDN World in Focus in 2013, American Photo Images of the Year Contest – Documentary/Photojournalism in 2011 and PDN the Great Outdoors in 2008. Her work has exhibited in USA, Japan, Malaysia and Trinidad and Tobago. Her major clients are Japanese and US publications such as Sports Graphic Number, Kyodo Press, Golf Digest Online Japan, PHaT Photo, Sports Illustrated, among others.