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Olympus E-3 DSLR to Capture Earth’s Beauty from Space Station, Raise Awareness for Environmental Protection

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I will often publish media releases related to photography on this blog in order to help keep you informed. These media releases are created by the respective companies. I edit the releases as needed for space.

CENTER VALLEY, Pa., – Olympus Corporation commemorates its 90th anniversary by creating the “Olympus Space Project” to photograph the majestic beauty of our planet and raise awareness to protect it. The company’s flagship E-3 digital single lens reflex camera and ZUIKO digital lenses will journey to the International Space Station (ISS) on the next Space Shuttle Discovery mission.

Dr. Koichi Wakata, a Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) astronaut, will take images of the earth with the Olympus E-3 throughout his three-month mission on the ISS. Specifically, he will stay in the “Kibo,” which is the Japanese Experiment Module. It is located in the ISS and is Japan’s first manned facility where astronauts can conduct experiments for long periods of time. ‘Hope’ is the English translation for Kibo, and Dr. Wakata will be the first astronaut to inhabit the new experiment module. Images captured by Dr. Wakata will be available on Olympus’ Web site.

“For 90 years we’ve continued to develop innovative products that help improve peoples’ lives every day – from capturing memories to documenting environmental changes,” said F. Mark Gumz, president, Olympus Imaging America Inc. “Olympus cameras are used by the National Park Service to track air quality at our nation’s parks and by wildlife photographer Mitsuaki Iwago, whose images focus on global environmental issues and nature preservation. We’re taking this commitment to the next level by capturing our planet’s delicate beauty from space.”

Designed for professional and aspiring photographers, the E-3 offers amazing image quality, splashproof and dustproof durability, and a magnesium-alloy body that survives the toughest shooting environments. The E-3 complies with NASA’s standards for use in space. Olympus continues to be an innovator, developing new technologies to expand the frontiers of digital photography and leading where others have followed.

Details on the ISS, JAXA, the Japanese Experiment Module, Dr. Wakata and the next mission of the Space Shuttle Discovery are available here.

‘Smithsonian’ Magazine Opens Entries for 7th Annual Photo Contest

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Smithsonian magazine on March 2 will begin accepting submissions for the 7th Annual Photo Contest. The magazine will also announce the 50 finalists for the 6th Annual Photo Contest.

For the past five years, Smithsonian editors have judged a total of 72,000 photographs from more than 90 countries around the globe.

“As we enter our sixth year, we have a clear sense of what makes a photograph a Smithsonian winner. Technical quality, clarity and composition are all important, but so too is a flair for the unexpected and the ability to capture the right moment. We are excited when we can see the photograph through your eyes—through your skill, your passion, your vision,” stated a media release on the magazine’s Website.

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February 26, 2009 at 12:31 am

‘Arkansas Catholic’ Newspaper Sponsoring Photography Contest

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From the Arkansas Catholic Newspaper

David G. Turner's photo of St. Vincent de Paul Church in Rogers was featured on the cover of the 2009 diocesan directory. (Photo Credit: David G. Turner via the 'Arkansas Catholic' Website)

David G. Turner's photo of St. Vincent de Paul Church in Rogers was featured on the cover of the 2009 diocesan directory. (Photo Credit: David G. Turner via the 'Arkansas Catholic' Website)

The Arkansas Catholic newspaper is holding a contest to choose a photo for the cover of the 2010 diocesan directory. Any professional or amateur photographer in Arkansas can enter their photo of a Catholic church or institution in the diocese. March 20, 2009, is the deadline to enter the contest.

Dave Turner of Lowell, Arkansas won last year’s photo contest with a photo of St. Vincent de Paul Church in Rogers, Arkansas. His photo was featured on the cover of the 2009 Catholic Diocese of Little Rock Directory.

Complete rules and an entry form are available on the Arkansas Catholic Website. For more information, call Emily Roberts at (501) 664-0340.

Written by jeremyparce

February 26, 2009 at 12:05 am