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Olympus contributes to society by making people’s lives healthier, safer, and more fulfilling all around the world. In line with these contributions, the Olympus Global Open Photo Contest 2016-17 will feature the following four categories:
Enter a powerful photo that conveys how beautiful, vibrant, healthy, and full of energy life can be.
Enter a heartwarming photo that expresses the love and peace of mind that family and friends provide you with.
Enter a breathtaking photo of spectacular, picturesque scenery.
Enter a fascinating photo taken from an imaginative viewpoint rarely seen before, that stimulates our creativity and invites us to venture out and discover.
Only online entries will be eligible.
Enter from the Categories section.
*Anyone submitting an entry is asked to register a username.
Each entrant may submit up to 5 photo entries for each category.
Each image must be in JPEG format and be 15 megabytes or smaller.
Entry: 11:00 AM Thursday, October 13, 2016 to 11:00 AM Tuesday, January 10, 2017 -- times are Japan Standard Time (GMT +9)
Winners Announced: April 2017
It is possible that registration and entry processing may slow down drastically during the final hours of the entry period due to a rush of last-minute entries. To avoid missing the deadline due to this possible slowdown, please complete registration and photo entry as early as possible. The Olympus Global Open Photo Contest Operations Team cannot provide assistance to those entrants whose entries did not get processed prior to the deadline due to system slowdown or error.
Anyone who registers to enter can participate.
Go to Enter or My Page to register.
Those who entered past Olympus Global Open Photo Contests must register again.
You can view photos you entered from My Page.
You can also cancel/replace entries, and edit photo titles/descriptions throughout the entry period from My Page.
Entries will be evaluated by the following judges. (Photographers are introduced in English alphabetical order.)
Anne Day is a veteran photojournalist, portrait, wedding and architecture photographer and writer. Her work has appeared in TIME, Newsweek, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Fortune, Vogue and other publications. As a photojournalist, she has covered events in Haiti, Cuba, South Africa and Namibia, as well as United States presidential inaugurations. She is the 2016 recipient of The Institute for Classical Art and Architecture’s distinguished Arthur Ross Award.
Kim Lau travels through Asia and he has been photographing its landscapes, people and cultures since 2005. His latest expedition started in September 2013 takes him through the countries that made up the four ancient khanates of the Mongol empire. With a multimedia production background, he also documents his experiences through video and audio recordings.
Yann Manach is a corporate and portrait photographer who contributes to photo asset databases and advertising for many companies, and shoots corporate portraits. He also works with models, comedians, and other talent on their profile photos. Always engaging in new photographic projects, Yann loves to share and discuss photographic techniques with other fellow photographers, and his passion for shooting beautiful photos is evident in his work.
Croatian-born Silvijo Selman is a self-taught photographer specializing in portraits, events, and landscapes. His photographic journey began in 1997, and since then his works have been featured in several photo exhibitions in Croatia and Germany. With a knack for capturing surreal moments, Silvijo takes an impressionist approach to photography, focusing on composition.
Tetsuro Shimizu was born in Yokohama city in 1975. His unique viewpoints are seen in a wide variety of formats from natural landscapes to snapshots and documentary photos. In 2012, he published a collection of photos in Mongolia from 15 years of documenting the country entitled “CHANGE”. His awards include the 1st Younosuke Natori Photography Award, the Excellence Award in the People division of the 2013 Nikkei National Geographic Photo Prize, and the 2014 Newcomer’s Award from the Photographic Society of Japan.
Supasit Srisawathsak is one of Thailand's leading fashion photographers. His photographs have appeared in magazines such as Elle, Harper’s Bazaar, Hello, Image, and Anywhere, among others. He has been the featured photographer for Digital Camera Magazine and has given several lectures on fashion design, fashion photography, and professional photography at one of Thailand's best fine art and commercial art universities.
Winners will be announced on this website at the timing stated in the Schedule section.
Olympus will contact winners using the registered e-mail addresses.
*The timing of winner announcement may change depending on the judging process.
Please select your desired language from the language selector in the upper right.
Anyone, with the exception of those employed by Olympus or its affiliates, may enter this contest. If you are under 18, please obtain your parent's or guardian's consent before entering. For citizens residing in European Union countries, we can not accept participation by minors under 7.
Entry is free. However, entrants will need to assume any internet connection costs incurred when entering.
We accept entries taken with any kind of camera of any brand. Any camera from a DSLR to a smartphone camera may be used.
Yes, as long as the photo is scanned into JPEG format under 15MB and can be entered through the contest website.
Yes, post production is allowed on entries, and edited photos will be accepted.
No, the same photo may not be entered in multiple categories.
Only JPEG files up to 15MB per file will be accepted. The sRGB color space will be used for judging. The minimum acceptable image size is 320 x 240 pixels.
No, there are not.
No, there are not.
No, we cannot accept photos which will be entered into other contests or will be displayed at public exhibitions during the Olympus Global Open Photo Contest period.
Photos which an individual has posted on their own website, blog, or social media for non-commercial purposes or on an Olympus community website may be entered.
You can view the photos you entered from My Page, which you can find at the top of this page. If your entries show up in My Page without any status remarks, they have been accepted. Entries with an "Under Preparation" remark are still going through the screening process.
Submitted photos are displayed publicly after they have been deemed as appropriate by Olympus. It may take some time for your photo to be displayed.
Yes, you may replace entries as you wish as long as it is done during the entry period. This can be done from My Page.
If you do not receive an e-mail with the confirmation URL, it is possible that:
・You mistyped your e-mail address. Please try again, entering your e-mail address carefully.
・Your inbox is automatically sending the e-mail to a separate folder or to junk mail. Please check all of your folders and your e-mail settings.
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Please input your password using between 8 and 20 single-byte alphanumeric characters.
Usernames cannot be altered, but you may change your e-mail address and country of residence from My Page.
No, entries will only be accepted through upload on this website, with no exceptions made. The Olympus Global Open Photo Contest Operations Team will not reply to any e-mails requesting for entry acceptance after the entry deadline has passed.
Unfortunately we are not accepting entries after the entry deadline of 11:00AM Tuesday, January 10th, Japan standard time.
Winners will be contacted via e-mail to their registered e-mail addresses. The e-mail will contain items to confirm and fill out, and must be returned to Olympus by the specified date. If the winner does not agree with all of the terms, they may be disqualified. Prizes will only be sent to the address of the winner. Any customs duties incurred by the prize are the responsibility of the winner. Olympus accepts no responsibility for loss of the prize during transit when outside of Olympus jurisdiction. Prize money will be calculated according to exchange rates at the time of transfer when prize money is transferred outside of Japan.
Our offices will be closed between 29 December 2016 to 4 January 2017 due to the winter holidays.
We will be receiving photo entries during the holidays, but may not be able to respond to your inquiry until January 5th or later.
Replies to inquiries received close to the entry deadline may not be sent out in time for the deadline.
We ask for your kind understanding and apologize for the inconvenience.