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Home improvement at work: EASY photo contest

Plain white walls in the office or break room? A somewhat dreary and certainly boring sight. That’s how Andreas Schneider, head of the EASY ECM Suite, felt about it. His next thought was: this calls for improvement! So Schneider decided that something needed to be done to enhance the ambience of the social area on the second floor – not just at random, but with the approval and active involvement of the EASY employees working on this floor.

 

Creativity beats monotony

So, in the spring, EASY SOFTWARE AG spontaneously organized an internal photo contest. The only requirement was to use a camera or cell phone to shoot pictures that fit the categories landscape/food, animals/people, or architecture, and submit them for the vote. Anyone who felt like letting their creativity run wild was invited to join in.

 

Choices, choices

EASY employees were eager to participate. Over the following weeks, more than 75 images with miscellaneous original themes were submitted. Some of them were real eye-catchers, from architectural shots and landmarks showcasing various cities, or images of luscious victuals, to funny snapshots of day-to-day scenes. Next came the hardest part of the contest: picking the four best pictures out of so many great submissions. At EASY, this means democracy in action. After the entry deadline, the collected works were made available online for voting.

… and the winner is…

Today it was announced that the winners of the contest are product managers Christian Kopatz and Matthias Wank. First place went to an idyllic wooden pier in the sunset. Another winning picture shows typical rust red Scandinavian houses in front of boats moored along a jetty. Matthias Wank won in the categories landscape/food and animals/people. One of his successful entries is a detailed shot of a meadow bathed in golden sunlight. The other shows the shadows of two camels and their riders in the desert sand. The scene is reminiscent of Arabian Nights – and most certainly neither dreary nor boring.