Environmental Photo Contest for Employees2015

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 through July 1, 2015
Number of Entries (in Total) 994
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

Big Japanese westria tree (JPN)

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Atsushi Toda, Olympus

Comment
This is a big fuji-tree, or Japanese wisteria and 150 years old. This tree has an extraordinary size in the world, so the wisteria flowers spread in sight.
A lot of people are taking care of this tree. I hope this scene will be kept.

Hanover Canal Park (US)

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Jason Lee, Olympus Corporation of the Americas.

Comment
Taken in early June at Hanover Canal Park. After tinkering around I was able to convert an E-PM1 into a dedicated infrared camera (w/ 12-42mm lens). This was my first day out with it. So everything seen here is infrared light.

Lungs of the earth 2.0 (EUR)

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Alex Angel-Benscher, Olympus KeyMed Ltd.

Comment
This picture is a variation on a previous picture I took called 'Lungs of the earth 2.0' it was taken using a Olympus EP-L5. I feel this picture earns its title due to the unique shape of the leaf. It forms a similar shape to a human lung, as well as the inside texture. It reminds us that we are the same as every living thing on earth, and we are all connected. For us to survive, we need these lungs of the earth.

A red dragonfly (ASIA)

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Ke Zhifang, Olympus (China) Co., Ltd.

Comment
In early summer, I participated in the birthday party of my friend's daughter on an excursion boat of Shanghai Qingpu. Before getting on the boat, I happened to find dragonflies joyfully flying over weeds on the shore.
After a while, a red dragonfly was flying and coming to stop on the near weed slowly.
The scenery in front of me was just thing I expected.
I swiftly set a diaphragm of the lens F13, held the camera firmly, pressed the shutter button and took a photo of this red dragonfly.

Works that win the prize

M's Family (JPN)

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Eiji Otsuka

The earth as the planet of water (JPN)

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Kazuya Oguchi

The island where debris of corals is gathering (JPN)

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Hidenori Yasuoka

Snuggle (JPN)

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Masaru Hayakawa

Red Tail Hawk with Lady Bug (US)

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Ann Campbell

Great Blue Heron (US)

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Michael Pyle

Columbia Gorge (US)

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Laura Drabik

Rainbow picture (US)

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Wayne Hardcastle

Macro shot of a nectar collecting bumblebee (EUR)

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Julia Santoso

The ascension of the turtle (EUR)

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Julio Palazon

Beauty Sunset (EUR)

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Artem Klimakov

Camouflaged Hunter (EUR)

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Ilya Makovetskiy

Falling love with a lotus flower (ASIA)

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Guo Zhongwen

Safe and sound (ASIA)

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Ha Dinh Nguyen Anh

Joey (ASIA)

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Nagaraj Bugudi-Adenna

Huangshan (ASIA)

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Tetsu Takimoto