Environmental Photo Contest for Employees2017

We held the CSR & Environment 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, 2017
Number of Entries (in Total) 1165
How to Judge in the Contest Four regions select five photos respectively.

Works that win the prize

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Works that win the best prize in each region

The Queen of the southern Japanese Alps and the Milky Way (JPN)

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Ryoji Hyuga, Olympus Corporation

Comment
This photo shows the Milky Way above Mt. Senjogatake called the Queen of the southern Japanese Alps, which was seen at the highland in Ina city of the southern Shinshu region in Japan. It was depicted just before the rainy season. There are not many chances usually to depict the nebulas in this season, however, the wonderful Milky Way appeared above Mt. Senjogatake where snow remained. I want to conserve our nature to see the beautiful sky like this eternally.

My Canadian wonderland! (US)

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Marie Christine Gagnon, Olympus NDT Canada Inc.

Comment
This picture was taken at Moraine Lake in Banff, (Alberta,Canada). It shows just a little of what we can see over there. The landscape is amazing. You can spend a day there without getting bored. When the sun lights into the water it’s a magical moment. A must see in your life!!

Two drops on a blade of grass (EUR)

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Michael Guthmann, Olympus Europa SE & Co. KG

Comment
One of my favorite function of the TG-x series is the microscope mode as it enables you to shoot stunning macros with small equipment very easily. This images has been taken in Iceland on a boring beach without real opportunities for shoot landscape. As it was raining beforehand I recognised that rain drops are hanging on very small blades of grass (the hole blade was smaller then a thumbnail). As I had a TG-5 with me I decided to shoot macros and mounted the FD-1 to get better light. Even though that it was not used in this images it generates an ususual reflection in the rain drops making the image more interesting.

The Dragon Descended to the Earth (ASIA)

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Chen Ji, Olympus (China) Co., Ltd.

Comment
When I travelled to Ha Long Bay, I climbed up the Titov Island and saw the ripples like a dragon which the running motorboat had left, and I took a picture immediately.

Works that win the prize

The middle of summer (JPN)

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Yoshiyuki Tanaka

The fairy-tale street (JPN)

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Hiroshi Kodama

Mother's round arm (JPN)

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Minoru Odaira

Autumn leaves and a white-eye (JPN)

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Kenji Nishizawa

Ibex paradise (US)

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Benjamin Spay

Stronger than us. (US)

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Veronique Simard

Yosemite Valley (US)

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Joey Magno

San Juan Sunset (US)

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Brendon Johnson

Sunset (EUR)

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Gina Marie Giese

The church mountain of Iceland (EUR)

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Manfred Kässens

Green (EUR)

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Patrick Sinn

Boat by the lake (EUR)

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Thomas Berthelsen

Peacock opening his feathers (ASIA)

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Dai Lihao

Summer lotus flower (ASIA)

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Guo Zhongwen

Dolphin (ASIA)

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Ante Badzim

Flight of the Bee (ASIA)

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Peter Sweetman