Environmental Photo Contest for Employees2016

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 June 30, 2016
Number of Entries (in Total) 1154
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

Summit of Mt. Tsubame (JPN)

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Hiroaki Iwasaki, Olympus Corporation

Comment
Since I got the OM-D digital camera, I began to take photos of mountains and starry skies, and opportunities to get in touch with nature have increased. Mt. Tsubame is called the Princess of the Japanese Northern Alps, due to the beauty of its shape. This photo reminds me that the emotion caused by both a feeling of achievement and the beauty of the shape of the mountain made me take photos, as if it seems just like yesterday.
I am going to climb the mountain this year too.

Hummingbird (US)

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Carmen Porto, Olympus America, Inc.

Comment
The California native hummingbird is nature at it's finest.. Our lesson to be passed on to the future is to respect our natural surroundings and all creatures. With the severe drought in Southern California these passed years these little birds know that we offer them a safe place to stop by for a drink of water.

Glasswinged Butterfly (EUR)

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Lars Huijzer, Olympus Deutschland GmbH

Comment
These butterflies have translucent glass-like wings. As they are quite small (around 5-6 cm) and move around quite fast it卒s tough to capture them. It takes a macro lens, a good spot (like this flower) and a big amount of luck to portrait them.

The Sea Ranch of Xiapu, Fujian (ASIA)

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Liu Pei, Olympus China Co., Ltd.

Comment
The sea ranches in the Xiapu area are set to the benefits of the sea econological protection, and able to produce more aquitic products by utilizing the reefs and islets.

Works that win the prize

Small predator (JPN)

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Tomomitsu Iioka

Almost the time to leave (JPN)

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Takashige Shiratori

I'm feeling so comfortable! (JPN)

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Kento Kokubu

Object that insects gave (JPN)

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Hiyu Hata

Grand Canyon Sunrise (US)

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Jeffrey Brown

Desert Sunrise (US)

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Carmen Johnson

Red Fox (US)

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Robert Penchick

Yellow Jacket Hoverfly (US)

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Sandy Howard

Puffin (EUR)

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Manfred Kaessens

Resilience (EUR)

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Alex Angel-Benscher

Ladybug (EUR)

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Gabriela Kruza

Flashing brain dancing underwater (EUR)

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Gemma Rull

Cassowary (ASIA)

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Sean Fogarty

Look at the Sky (ASIA)

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Suphap Ngamdee

Autumn Scenery Show (ASIA)

Sheltered in the Fall (ASIA)

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