Environmental Photo Contest for Employees2011

We held the Environmental Awareness Month in June to enhance employees' environmental initiatives. During the month, we also held the global photo contest for Olympus group employees in 4 regions as Americas, Europe, Asia/Oceania and Japan. Its theme is "Blessings of Nature that ought to be passed on to the future" that is the view of forest, rivers, sea, land, animals, plants nurtured by nature. We selected the 4 best prize photos and 16 prize photos, and announced them as follows.

Notes ( ) that attached to the title of each work showed its region as follows; Japan as (JPN), Europe as (EUR), Americas as (US), and Asia and Oceania as (ASIA)

Overview of the Contest

Applicants Olympus group employees
Application period June 1 to 30, 2011
Number of Entries (in Total) 1,252
How to Judge in the Contest Four regions select five photographs respectively.

Works that win the prize

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Works that win the best prize in each region

Village of the clear stream (JPN)

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Eiji Otsuka, Olympus Opto-Technology Co., Ltd.

Comment
Fireflies in Matsuo Canyon, Tatsuno, Nagano Prefecture, Japan. In Tatsuno, people has made efforts to improve the good environment for fireflies, that makes Tatsuno became now so called the best SATOYAMA for fireflies in Japan.

Mother Catbird Feeding Young (US)

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Michael Pyle, Olympus Corporation of the Americas

Comment
One day while doing yard work I noticed activity in a holly bush behind my house. Taking a closer look I saw four baby catbirds. After each feeding when the parents flew off, I carefully manicured the bush and set up two remote flash units so as to get just the right shot. I shot hundreds of images over the course of two weekends, but this was my favorite. Sitting and watching the parents feeding their young, this for me was truly a blessing of nature.

Autumn Leaf (EUR)

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Jasper Grahl, Olympus Soft Imaging Solutions GmbH

Comment
A symbolic snapshot with strong colors of water.

The morning sun of terraced fields (ASIA)

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Zhongwen Guo, Olympus (Shenzhen) Industrial Ltd.

Comment
Beautiful and spectacular terraced fields in Long Sheng Xian, Guang X? Sheng, China. I took this beautiful terraced fields with girls at 7 o'clock in the morning, May 30, after I wait for the shooting opportunities for several days.

Works that win the prize

I endure angry waves (JPN)

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Akira Kajima

Fish living in the coral (JPN)

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Hideaki Makino

To spring Tanido (JPN)

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Hideo Suzuki

Lotus flower field (JPN)

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Satoshi Maruyama

Baby Grasshopper on a Day Lilly (US)

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Robert Bernier

Bubble Net Feeding Humpback Whales (US)

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Cory Balliet

Lilly of the Valley (US)

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Mark Kuhl

Eklutna Lake Kayaking (US)

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Jonathan Weikel

Jewel Bee (EUR)

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Thierry Legrand

Parrots in Costa Rica (EUR)

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Norbert Junker

Cielo, nubi, roccia (Italian: sky, clouds, rocks). (EUR)

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Daniele Grandini

Afternoon Siesta (EUR)

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Kenny Walker

Kaiping observation tower (ASIA)

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Shuhong Feng

Flying rainbow (ASIA)

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Wencai Lin

Way of the distant place (ASIA)

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Haiyan Hu

Longing (ASIA)

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Ying Luo