Environmental Photo Contest for Employees2014

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, 2014
Number of Entries (in Total) 1,061
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

Watering Place of Little Birds (JPN)

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Yukihiko Sugita, Olympus Imaging Corporation

Comment
The places which vital water gushes out from are important watering places for lives so that wild birds preen their feathers in order to sanitize themselves.
When I look at nature through a finder, I can look at the new world that I have not been aware of.
I took pictures by E-M1, mFTS75-300mm with TCON-17X from far away in order not to surprise little birds.

A new life (US)

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Ms. Claudia DeFrancisco, Olympus America Inc.

Comment
A new life and a mother's instinct to protect her baby and care for it. Taken in South Africa December 2007.

Lighting Jellyfishes (EUR)

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Svenja Rathjens, Olympus Deutschland GmbH, Germany

Comment
Picture taken in an aquarium in Germany

航行-福建省泰寧大金湖 (ASIA)

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WANG YING, Olympus (Beijing) Sales & Service Co., Ltd.

Comment
Mountains and rivers are the treasures which nature left for human beings, where various creatures live.
However those treasures are polluted and destroyed by human beings through the high speed evolution of modern society.
The policy which is "Protect the environment, Treasure the blessing of nature" is the navigation for the future.

Works that win the prize

Starlight of Ishizuka-cherry (JPN)

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Rouji Hyuuga

Life in Nature, or Life with People (JPN)

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Risa Ito

The 7th Year Summer (JPN)

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Kenji Nishizawa

A resident in the nearby sea (JPN)

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Hiroshi Ono

Yellowstone Panorama (US)

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Mr. Borg Enders

Machu Picchu (US)

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Ms. Kathy Anderson

The Best Wave in Utah (US)

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Ms. Miko Armstrong

Rainbow Falls (US)

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Mr.Michael Pyle

Amazing Polar Lights (EUR)

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Gemma Rull

Moving Stars (EUR)

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Michael Guthmann

The image is called 'The Hoverfly and the pollen' (EUR)

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John Tully

After the Rain (EUR)

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Iwona Bogusz

Superb Fairy Wren (ASIA)

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Mr. Yuki Tanubrata

锡林郭勒草原 (ASIA)

鸿蒙肇判_中国额济纳 (ASIA)

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CAI BOYU

I love nature (ASIA)

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Hiroshi Kahara