Environmental Photo Contest for Employees2013

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, 2013
Number of Entries (in Total) 720
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

-Birth of a new life- (JPN)

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Risa Ito, Olympus imaging Corporeton

Comment
I love to take photos, and love living creates, and love beautiful nature scenery.
I would like to leave photos of breathing and brilliant moment for ensure strong in-life living creates and plants in the nature, so I press the shutter button. This butterfly broke own crysails and spread its wings around the wide world.
We keep the comfortable beautiful nature to live for them. May the earth be in goodness for all kinds of life can shine under the sun.

After the Storm (US)

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Alicia Hayden, Olympus America Inc.

Comment
The image was captured while driving north along the New Jersey Shore six months after Hurricane Sandy. There was a lot of rebuilding completed and much more that needed to be addressed. The level of devastation that still existed was overwhelming. Could efforts to prevent global warming reduce the increasing intensity of our weather patterns?

Cross on the Klein Matterhorn (EUR)

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Milan Tretinar, Olympus Czech Group, s.r.o., Slovakia

Comment
Picture taken on 3rd September 2012 after a snow storm on the Klein Matterhorn, Switzerland.

Nature of growing (ASIA)

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Anchali Ruangsaeng, Olympus Thailand Co., Ltd.

Comment
I think that "Tree is a part of nature". If we start to empathize our small plant from today, start to protect its life,it will be growing to be strong and big in the future, which is like saving the green life.

Works that win the prize

A small thing (JPN)

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Kazuaki Kimura

Smile! (JPN)

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Hiroshi Kodama

My hometown spring (JPN)

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Fusao Kanno

Power of Water (JPN)

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Sinya Hirata

Mother and daughter (US)

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Denise Sauer

Changing Grandeur (US)

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John E Place

Wealth of Life-Jellyfish (US)

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Karamjit Taunk

Silver Sunset (US)

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Kathy Anderson

Green Oasis (EUR)

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Michael Kn端fer

Cave Diving in France (EUR)

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Nicklas Myrin

Natural Water Terraces (EUR)

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Dr. Manfred K辰ssens

Lake under Fog (EUR)

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Michael Guthmann

Black-faced Spoonbill (ASIA)

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Zhongwen Guo

Snow mountain,green lake with golden fish (ASIA)

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Xiaojun Song

Colorful sunset (ASIA)

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Danni Zhao

Green Sea Turtle (ASIA)

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Alana Bakhtadze