Olympus Global Open Photo Contest 2015

Winners

Grand Prize

Love in monsoon

Love in monsoon

Username:Suman Ballav

Country of Residence:India

Judge's Comments:

Usually a couple would huddle together under a small folding umbrella if it suddenly started to rain, but this couple did differently. A squall is simply a way to affirm each other's love. Perhaps the perfect photo of a smile is one that makes you smile yourself.

Tetsuro Shimizu
Photographer, Japan

Happiness

First Prize

Happiness

Username:jethuynh

Country of Residence:Viet Nam

Judge's Comments:

Union of love and birth, symmetrical yet complementary; man and woman, identical twins with potentially different moods (smile versus dormant).

Kim Lau
Photographer, Singapore

Overall a pleasure

Second Prize

Overall a pleasure

Username:baoson_pr

Country of Residence:Viet Nam

Judge's Comments:

Two elderly Asian men rejoicing the birth of a baby, seemingly contended with hopes of continuity of family lineage.

Kim Lau
Photographer, Singapore

Mom

Third Prize

Mom

Username:Andrew Z.

Country of Residence:Russia

Judge's Comments:

This picture is a tender photograph of a mother and child in the warm and loving light of a cozy home from the cold and impersonal exterior of an apartment block. I love the juxtaposition of the interior serenity and warmth with the coldness and bleakness of the architecture.

Anne Day
Photographer, U.S.A.

Welcome

Bonus Prize

Welcome

Username:pranab_basak

Country of Residence:India

Runners-up

Un mundo por descubrir

Un mundo por descubrir

Username:ChemaSanchez

Country of Residence:Spain

JOSEFINA

JOSEFINA

Username:JAAH

Country of Residence:El Salvador

In Dad's Arms

In Dad's Arms

Username:divemom

Country of Residence:United States

Hungry nestling

Hungry nestling

Username:Arik

Country of Residence:Singapore

First Stretch

First Stretch

Username:dfids

Country of Residence:Australia

HEART

HEART

Username:Jan Neumann

Country of Residence:Germany

Beginning

Beginning

Username:Pavel Vigriyanov

Country of Residence:Russia

My Fruit

My Fruit

Username:AlfredLilipaly

Country of Residence:Indonesia

家

Username:蒙古高原

Country of Residence:China

Präriehunde

Präriehunde

Username:guneri

Country of Residence:Germany

Iceberg & Pintado Petrel

First Prize

Iceberg & Pintado Petrel

Username:JMV

Country of Residence:United States

Judge's Comments:

Spectacular like a painting. Save this place for the bird in flight.

Anne Day
Photographer, U.S.A.

Age of steam

Second Prize

Age of steam

Username:langier

Country of Residence:United States

Judge's Comments:

No matter how many advances there are in digital technology, scenery that resonates with the human heart is an indelible scene of their childhood. Even if you consider locomotives to be clunky and inefficient, your heart may think differently when you hear the sound of a steam whistle and smell the smoke from the train. The appeal of analog is its ability to take you back in time to that moment.

Tetsuro Shimizu
Photographer, Japan

วาฬบลูด้า

Third Prize

วาฬบลูด้า

Username:pisit sena

Country of Residence:Thailand

Judge's Comments:

The world's largest animal, the blue whale, opening its mouth while breaching the water makes this an intense photo. The compression effect of the telephoto lens gives the illusion that the countless seagulls will be sucked into its mouth.

Tetsuro Shimizu
Photographer, Japan

海钓

Bonus Prize

海钓

Username:张之铭

Country of Residence:China

Runners-up

侗乡闹春

侗乡闹春

Username:Jiaqing83

Country of Residence:China

Etosha Thunderstorm

Etosha Thunderstorm

Username:PhilS

Country of Residence:Germany

蛍の饗宴

蛍の饗宴

Username:Saygo

Country of Residence:Japan

Making Umbrella

Making Umbrella

Username:Arkar Tun Kyaw

Country of Residence:Myanmar

Sunset in Mu Cang Chai 1

Sunset in Mu Cang Chai 1

Username:Pham Ty

Country of Residence:Viet Nam

Ashridge England

Ashridge England

Username:beesparkle

Country of Residence:United Kingdom

prières sur tsomoriri

prières sur tsomoriri

Username:Béa'rt

Country of Residence:France

里の星明かり

里の星明かり

Username:mr

Country of Residence:Japan

Hidden waterfall

Hidden waterfall

Username:Dowon Choi

Country of Residence:Korea

Poo

Poo

Username:Txurrumurru

Country of Residence:Spain

fun gatherings

First Prize

fun gatherings

Username:Галашова Ксения

Country of Residence:Russia

Judge's Comments:

The theme was on point. The moment of family joy is captured perfectly. Spontaneity, relaxation, happiness and love between two people is a goal for this shot.

Silvijo Selman
Photographer, Croatia

Thingyan Festival

Second Prize

Thingyan Festival

Username:Kyaw Bo Bo Han

Country of Residence:Myanmar

Judge's Comments:

This is a wonderful image. The head-on composition, symmetrical main subject, movement of people and water around the edges, the colorful clothes, the light sparkling on the water, and the green background make this look like a frozen moment in time, like a clip from a movie. All elements of the photo work really well together, multiplying the effect of the entire image, making me shout "Wow!".

Kan Mimura
Art Director, Japan

happy in countryside

Third Prize

happy in countryside

Username:pitc

Country of Residence:Thailand

Judge's Comments:

Placement of the small, nearly inconspicuous crab in the center of a photo, the movement of the water, the green of the leaves, the blue of the basket, and the morning sunlight are all maximized to make it a photo with high contrast. On top of all that, the natural smiles on their faces are the icing on the cake. Although it's a photo, you can hear the peaceful sounds and feel the cool water.

Kan Mimura
Art Director, Japan

On wedding

Bonus Prize

On wedding

Username:Sergei

Country of Residence:Russia

Runners-up

Just maried

Just maried

Username:yoyoshoot

Country of Residence:France

七彩人生

七彩人生

Username:Tang Kwok Wah

Country of Residence:Hong Kong

「いけーー!」「とめてーー!」

「いけーー!」「とめてーー!」

Username:ゆうこりんさん

Country of Residence:Japan

Secret smile

Secret smile

Username:mahunor

Country of Residence:Hungary

L'Increvable

L'Increvable

Username:Irving S. T. garp

Country of Residence:Belgium

Un père & sa fille

Un père & sa fille

Username:samlawry

Country of Residence:France

Heartfelt Expression

Heartfelt Expression

Username:Abhijit Banerjee

Country of Residence:India

Tickle

Tickle

Username:JPa

Country of Residence:Finland

くしゃくしゃな笑顔

くしゃくしゃな笑顔

Username:motoY

Country of Residence:Japan

twee komieken

twee komieken

Username:Jan

Country of Residence:Netherlands

A hidden murder

First Prize

A hidden murder

Username:swaroopsingharoy

Country of Residence:India

Judge's Comments:

It is holding its breath in between the flower petals while looking at us. Whether this is before or after acting is unclear, however, this has the pull of a scene from a suspense movie.Although macro shooting tends to be simple and straight forward, this unique point of view tells a story.

Tetsuro Shimizu
Photographer, Japan

Hello world

Second Prize

Hello world

Username:Haniff Halim

Country of Residence:Malaysia

Judge's Comments:

A balance of technical macro and aesthetics, symmetrical with adequate depth to aesthetically portray the psychedelic eye of an insect.

Kim Lau
Photographer, Singapore

web trap

Third Prize

web trap

Username:moojod

Country of Residence:Thailand

Judge's Comments:

A powerful cobweb supporting fallen foilage, housing a non-conspicuous spider. It's the composition and lighting that wins over the technical macro.

Kim Lau
Photographer, Singapore

Wing of Dragonfly

Bonus Prize

Wing of Dragonfly

Username:Chalerm

Country of Residence:Thailand

Runners-up

CLIMBING

CLIMBING

Username:Andreas Messah

Country of Residence:Indonesia

DL-005

DL-005

Username:Danny Leung

Country of Residence:Hong Kong

Bee

Bee

Username:Coratriton

Country of Residence:Germany

Light Droplets

Light Droplets

Username:むこ

Country of Residence:Japan

雨ニモマケズ

雨ニモマケズ

Username:howdyy

Country of Residence:Japan

mushroom

mushroom

Username:photogeorg

Country of Residence:Germany

Nature's Cathedral

Nature's Cathedral

Username:PrinsPhotography

Country of Residence:United States

雨中漫步

雨中漫步

Username:Carrod

Country of Residence:China

Morning encounter

Morning encounter

Username:kikroune

Country of Residence:France

Clown-Fangschreckenkrebs

Clown-Fangschreckenkrebs

Username:kurtiboy

Country of Residence:Switzerland

Learn from the roots

First Prize

Learn from the roots

Username:apujaman

Country of Residence:Bangladesh

Judge's Comments:

It appears to be a construction site. The photographer cleverly used a perspective compression effect to bring out the beauty of the scene which otherwise would have gone unnoticed. A silhoutte against an undisturbed, clear sky -- simple expression, which makes it so powerful. Fantastic.

Wakako Jet
Photographer, Japan

Schöner wohnen...

Second Prize

Schöner wohnen...

Username:Nicole Oestreich

Country of Residence:Germany

Judge's Comments:

The creative and imaginitive power of the photographer really comes through. A world full of wit and irony is created, with the imagery bringing about a sense of surrealism. It makes you want to find out what the subject's story is.

Wakako Jet
Photographer, Japan

Confrontation

Third Prize

Confrontation

Username:liapis171

Country of Residence:Greece

Judge's Comments:

The vertical lines escort your eyes from bottom to top. The image raises the possibility that the two subjects could be the same person -- one being an afterimage of the other. After rain comes growth -- the key to success. This photo gives a feeling of hope and dreams.

Wakako Jet
Photographer, Japan

Cidade Submersa

Bonus Prize

Cidade Submersa

Username:Tania Pires

Country of Residence:Brazil

Runners-up

Chemin de couleurs

Chemin de couleurs

Username:KévinP

Country of Residence:France

Dry Branch

Dry Branch

Username:Kevin law

Country of Residence:Singapore

Stranger in the night

Stranger in the night

Username:Bogdan Tache

Country of Residence:Romania

The Wave

The Wave

Username:Nataliya Andrianova

Country of Residence:Russia

Bleu Bassin

Bleu Bassin

Username:kli_online

Country of Residence:France

...Ladies in White

...Ladies in White

Username:Vlad Sokolovsky

Country of Residence:Belarus

Fortress Besieged

Fortress Besieged

Username:Ho Wing Ka

Country of Residence:Hong Kong

Journey

Journey

Username:Kyaw Kyaw Winn

Country of Residence:Myanmar

Svir river

Svir river

Username:Emil Gataullin

Country of Residence:Russia

降臨

降臨

Username:Sting

Country of Residence:Japan

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