Environmental Photo Contest for Employees2012

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, 2012
Number of Entries (in Total) 1,465
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

Colors (JPN)

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Fusao Kanno, Olympus Imaging Corporation

Comment
Last autumn, I visited the Shiraito Falls in Karuizawa, Nagano, after an interval of 2 decades. I was so moving that the beautiful fall has never changed as I remember and it must be kept the sight not only avoids the damage of disaster but by the usual continuous efforts to preserve the environment by local people. In Japan, the many beautiful places in Tohoku have been changed cause of serious earthquake. I will continue to take moving scenery with the hope to preserve this precious scene forever but afraid that it may happen to be changed.

Raystown Lake (US)

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Michael Pyle, Olympus Corporation Americas

Comment
This image was captured just after sunset at Raystown Lake in Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania - the largest lake situated entirely within the commonwealth. Although created primarily to control flooding and provide electricity, the lake also serves to support recreational activities and preserve our wildlife for all to enjoy.

Arctic Poppy (EUR)

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Carola Buchner, Olympus Deutschland GmbH

Comment
Picture taken during expedition at Northwest Passage, Northwest Territories of Canada.

Flourish amidst Destruction (ASIA)

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Gary Lui, Olympus Singapore Pte Ltd.

Comment
This photograph was taken while I was on the way to a job appointment at one of our major hospitals. The area where the construction was taking place used to be the office of a research lab. I was immediately struck by how the tree can still stand and flourish despite of the chaos and destruction around it. My main purpose when taking the photo is to frame the tree in stark contrast to the construction: life amidst destruction. It serves as an unflinching testament for us, of the tenacity and will to survive, and that life will prevail in the midst of a constantly changing and unforgiving world.

Works that win the prize

Nice Smile (JPN)

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Hiroshi Kodama

Boarder of This Blue (JPN)

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Kenji Ono

Collecting for Their Nest by Using Spiders' Web Nest (JPN)

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Hayakawa Masaru

World in the Glass (JPN)

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Ryutaro Isobe

Owl Face (US)

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Kathy Anderson

Purple Lily Pads (US)

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Alicia Hayden

Nature at Its Best (US)

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Denise Sauer

Mount Hood (US)

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Hiroshi Tanoue

Bold Eagle (EUR)

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Mark Graves

Low Tide at the Island Zanzibar (EUR)

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Andrea Rackow

Dragonfly Muscles (EUR)

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Thierry Legrand

Corn Poppies (EUR)

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Franziska Mahl

Green of Trees (ASIA)

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Yan Zhang

Plenty of Leaves (ASIA)

Green Light (ASIA)

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YaShuang Zou

Come Spring! (ASIA)

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ChengCheng Hu