Photo Contest Voting Form
Hey everyone!

Huge thanks to those of you who submitted photos for our first photo contest of 2019. The theme of the contest is 'Hidden Gems'. All of the submissions are unique but we can only chose one for the HAJET website cover. The runner up with have their image displayed as the cover of the HAJET Facebook Page.

Voting is open to all HAJET members and it's one vote per photo. Please take a look at the following entries and cast your vote:

Kent Rasmussen: This is パンケの滝, or "Panke Waterfall" in my town, Okoppe. The water is deep enough to swim around, but is very cold. It takes about a 20 minute drive through a gravel forest to reach it.

Colette English: A new aerial perspective of the rarely visited Kamuiwakka “Hot Falls” deep in the mountains of Shiretoko. This hot falls phenomenon is created from hot spring water running into a river that then turns into this beautiful waterfall off the coast of the Shiretoko Peninsula.

Ted Jones: Multi-colored flowers at Farm Tomita in Nakafurano has become an iconic stop for international visitors to Hokkaido. The Furano and Biei area was actually made famous by the landscape photographs of Shinzo Maeda in decades past. Years later, it has become an Instagram mecca and a great place to visit with friends or family. These rolling hills of central Hokkaido are a good representation of the natural beauty and thoughtful tourism development in this important agricultural area of Japan. The intentionally dramatic landscaping and colorful flowers are a great place to practice photography.

Meghana Brandl: In an instant, the serenity of an afternoon in the park can be shattered by ear curdling screams. Everyone who's ever been to Hokkaido has encountered it's most noticeable winged inhabitants. Their loud, frequent cries are a sound we're all familiar with, even if we wish we weren't. You may wonder what qualifies them as a hidden gem, given that I'm sure everyone would rather they disappeared. However, they and their antics make Hokkaido what it is today. Much like an annoying younger cousin, you may hate them, but the family, or in this case Hokkaido, would be a much lonelier place without them. The crows aren't a hidden gem because their physically hidden, on the contrary, they'll actually quite visible and noticeable, but because their value is hidden. They are diamonds in the rough, too often cast aside and under appreciated.

Rachel Bartholomew: Lake Shikotsuko - Ice Festival
Temperatures drop along the beach of Shikotsuko and the thick layers of ice sap the color out of the landscape. The perfect way to enjoy this scene is to bundle up, run outside, snap a picture, and then sprint to the nearest cafe for a for spot of local tea.

Sonia Chand: Cape Eboshi located on the outskirts of Yoichi. This is a hidden beach with two special rock formations known as Ebisu and Daikoku-iwa. An example of Shintoism fusing with Ainu culture, legend has it that an Ainu woman once angered a sea god by peeing into the scared water. In turn, he pulled back the sea so that the people couldn't fish anymore. To make amends, the local people built a small shrine atop the rock.
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