Environmental Photo Contest for Employees2018

We conduct the Olympus CSR and Environment Month in every June for the Olympus Group's employees to well know about the importance of the CSR activities and environmental activities.
During the month, we also conduct the Global Environment Photo Contest for Olympus Group employees in 5 regions as Americas, Asia Pacific, China, Europe and Middle East, 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.
The prize-winning photos in each region are below.

Note: ( ) that attached to the title of each work showed its region as follows; Americas as (US), Asia Pacific as (ASIA), China as (CHN), Europe and Middle East as (EUR), Japan as (JPN).

Overview of the Contest

Applicants Olympus group employees
Application period June, 2018
Total number of Entries 832
How to judge in the contest Five regions select the prize-wining photos respectively.

Works that win the prize

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Works that win the best prize in each region

Hataria parvulas flying in bamboo grove (JPN)

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Takashi Fujii, Olympus Corporation

Comment
This is the scernery for us to feel relax and think about the importance of nature. The number of bamboo groves is recently decreasing due to developing of housing lands and river engineering, etc., however, I want to convey the importance of nature in order to see such scenery forever.

Chipmunk eating flower (US)

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Sandy Howard, Gyrus ACMI Inc.

Comment
I took this photo at Tower Hill Botanic Garden in Boylston, MA.
As I was leaving, I heard a rustling from the ground cover. I looked over and up popped this Chipmunk!
Then he started nibbling on a flower.
It shows that if we stop and take a moment to look around, we’ll see the most amazing things nature gives us!

Spider on outcast flower island (EUR)

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Marco Hertog, Olympus Nederland B.V.

Comment
Following a rain shower, a puddle formed in a garden around the flower in a garden, I put a hydrangea behind it to achieve the beautiful color contrast. But something was still missing from my photo. I found a little spider who kindly volunteered as a model. It explored the whole flower island and I took lots of photos of it in various poses then chose the best one.

Mantis Silhouette (ASIA)

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Elias Azzam, Olympus Australia Pty Ltd

Comment
Keeping within the title of the competition, the idea/inspiration was to capture the fine detailed outline of a Mantis gazing into the sun in the simplest form yet highlighting the size difference of both natural subjects. As I was unable to capture the idea naturally, this image was in fact photographed in studio. The Mantis was placed on a branch with the backdrop being a flash/strobe posing as the sun.
I just love the simplicity and mystery of this image and I hope viewers are captured by this in the same way I am.

Cattles and sheep can be seen when grasses bend down by blowing wind (CHN)

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Pan Haijun, Olympus (Beijing) Sales & Service Co.,Ltd.

Comment
I took this photograph in a grassy plain in Mongolia. The sun is shining and the cozy wind is always blowing there due to its distinctive geographical condition. This plain is called "Natural Ranch" and famous for a wonderful summer resort area. The cattle and sheep are living vividly and this place is full of vitality like a glittering picture.

Works that win the prize

On the purple (JPN)

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Hiroshi Kodama

In the rain (JPN)

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Risa Ito

Do you know where I am? (JPN)

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Kenji Nishizawa

An aureole above a deer (JPN)

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Yuya Taketani

Snow bathing in Antarctica (US)

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Ginessa Rodriquez

Lion (US)

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Nicole McKinley

Bali (US)

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Sebastian Rigault

Serengeti National Park Tanzania (US)

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Thomas Rizzo

Loch Shiel (EUR)

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Anne Hasenpusch

Malachite Sunbird in South Africa (EUR)

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Gina Maria Giese

Perfect African Sundowner (EUR)

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Jim Amrein

Syrphidae Eye Ommatidia (EUR)

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Patrick Verasdonck

Mountain (ASIA)

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Nguyen Cong Thanh Phuong

The Shy Clown (Fish) (ASIA)

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Kenny Tan Meng Hwee

Tomorrow (ASIA)

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Adisak Sriphet

Holy lake and yaks (ASIA)

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Stone Chen

Creek washers (CHN)

Great beauty of Nujiand river (CHN)

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Chen Sijia

The sunrise in Angkor Wat (CHN)

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Zhou Hong