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Olympus Posts Finalist Images and Kicks Off Public Voting for ‘Photographer of Tomorrow’ Contest

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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 for space as needed.

Olympus today unveiled the 20 finalist images for the second annual Photographers of Tomorrow contest, commencing the public vote portion – which is new this year! The contest is designed to inspire students enrolled in top photography programs across the country. This year’s theme is “YOUR WORLD: The Art of Technology Through Your Eyes” and all images were captured using E-System products. The 20 finalist images were chosen by award-winning Olympus Visionaries, professional photographers Larry C. Price, Maki Kawakita and Nick Kelsh.
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While many students participated in the contest, there can only be one (popular vote) winner. Through May 15, 2009 the public is encouraged to visit www.olympusamerica.com/yourworld to vote for the student who best captured the innovation or technology that had the greatest impact on his/her life.

“The Photographers of Tomorrow contest is a way for the next generation of pro photographers to showcase their work nationally, build their portfolios, and be recognized by their peers and critiqued by some of the world’s most accomplished photographers,” said John Knaur, senior marketing manager, Digital SLR, Olympus Imaging America Inc. “The online popular vote is a great way for fans to view unique photography and to support young, gifted photographers.”

In June, the winner of the public vote will be announced and will receive an Olympus E-520 kit. Additionally, one grand-prize winner chosen by our esteemed judges will receive a $5,000 scholarship and an Olympus E-3 camera, ED 12-60mm f2.8/4.0 SWD Zoom lens, ED 50-200mm f2.8/3.5 SWD Zoom lens and gadget bag. The Grand Prize winning student’s professor will also receive a matching Olympus E-3 outfit.

The Olympus E-System is designed with revolutionary features that expand the frontiers of digital photography. Based on the Four Thirds Standard, Olympus offers 100 percent digital lenses for edge-to-edge sharpness in a durable, yet portable design. Olympus pioneered Full-Time Live View, Dust Reduction and other technologies for DSLRs, leading where others have followed.

New E-System cameras provide easy-to-use Art Filters, Multiple Exposures and Multi-Aspect Shooting (built right into the camera) for capturing creative images on the go – without being tethered to a computer and editing software. Proof that Olympus technology combines innovative features with intuitive product design to enhance what you see and what you can do.

This year’s finalists include students from the Art Institute of Colorado, Hallmark Institute of Photography, Pellissippi State Technical Community College, Texas A&M University at Commerce and the University of Missouri. Complete rules and regulations are available at www.olympusamerica.com/yourworld.

About the Judges

  • Larry C. Price – A two time Pulitzer Prize Winning Photojournalist, Price has published photographs in Time, Newsweek, U.S. News and World Report, and National Geographic among others and has worked as an industry leading photojournalist and a photo editor at many of the country’s top newspapers and newswires.
  • Maki Kawakita – A rising star in the global photographic scene and known for her “Kabuki Pop” style, Kawakita divides her time between celebrity portraiture, commercial work and a personal series she calls “Makirama.” She has photographed numerous celebrities and pop and style icons including Beyoncé, Missy Elliott, Hillary Duff and many more. Kawakita’s Japanese, American and European influences shape her style and creativity, making her one of America’s most coveted fashion photographers.
  • Nick Kelsh – One of the world’s top photographers, shooting for many of the “Day in the Life” series of books, and a renowned family and commercial photographer, Kelsh has appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show and has written numerous best-selling books including Siblings with Anna Quindlen and How to Photograph Your Baby. Kelsh is best known for his radiant, engaging, black and white images of children and babies.

About the Olympus Visionary Program
Established by Olympus Imaging America Inc. in partnership with some of today’s most talented photographers, the Olympus Visionary program is dedicated to creating superb digital images with the help of Olympus’ digital cameras and lenses. Olympus Visionaries span all fields of photography and work in a diversity of styles and subject matter, but they are united in realizing their creative vision through digital photography. The Visionaries use Olympus digital cameras in their daily assignments and personal work; participate in speaking engagements and appearances; and provide Olympus with input into equipment development. The Visionaries include several Pulitzer Prize-winning and Magnum photographers, as well as internationally-renowned photographers who have photographed assignments around the world.

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Urban Forest Photographer Offers Arbor Day Giveaway

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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 for space as needed.

During the month of April, in celebration of Arbor Day (April 24), award-winning photographer David Paul Bayles offers an Arbor Day Giveaway of a $1200 signed, framed limited edition photograph from his book, Urban Forest, Images of Trees in a Human Landscape.  Anyone who purchases the book before May 1 is entered into a drawing to win the photograph. A portion of all proceeds will be donated to the non-profit organization TreeLink to plant trees and support urban forests.
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Urban Forest, published by Sierra Club in 2003, was acclaimed by numerous respected publications including Los Angeles Times, Sierra, Nature Conservancy and Audubon Magazine. Christian Science Monitor selected it as one of the top seven photography books of 2003.

David Paul Bayles, environmentalist and former logger, has been a professional photographer for 25 years, with photographs in exhibits and collections in the U.S. and Europe. His photographs explore the relationship between people and nature, particularly our connection to trees. In the preface to Urban Forest, he emphasizes the importance of trees in our towns and cities. “Tree-lined streets and garden spaces have been woven into a living fabric that shades and soothes our souls. In a real biological sense, trees are our home. That is the deeper meaning of the urban forest.”

Bayles is donating a portion of the sales of Urban Forest and the Arbor Day Giveaway to TreeLink, a non-profit organization dedicated to urban forests across the United States and Canada. TreeLink serves tree professionals such as arborists and urban planners and helps community groups raise funds for their own tree planting projects through TreeLink’s funding branch, TreeBank, supporting education and grass roots efforts to restore, plant and care for urban forests.

To be entered in the drawing to win the photograph for the Arbor Day Giveaway, a signed copy of Urban Forest or a signed copy of Urban Forest paired with a special edition print from the book, may be purchased by midnight April 30, 2009. Read more about the book and the Arbor Day special, view selected photographs and place an order at http//:www.urbanforestbook.com

Canon U.S.A. and Pro Football Hall of Fame Award Winners of the “Why Do You Love Football” Photo Contest

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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 for space as needed.

LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y. – Canon U.S.A., Inc., recently announced that Stuart Steele, 47, of Kansas and Ben Queen, 13, of West Virginia have been named the winners of the Adult and Teen Divisions of the Canon and Pro Football Hall of Fame “Why Do You Love Football?” photo challenge, respectively.

Each won a trip for four to attend Super Bowl XLIII in Tampa Bay, Fla. where their winning photos were displayed at the NFL Experience. Additionally, both have won a trip for four to the 2009 Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Celebration in August where their winning photos will be unveiled and on display for a full year in the Hall of Fame.

This is the fourth year of the nationwide photo contest in which one Grand Prize winner from each division was selected. Fans could enter their photos in two categories, “Action” and “Feature.” This photo contest allowed football and photography fans the opportunity to capture the passion and excitement of youth football by submitting photos of everything from a playful catch in the backyard to any youth, school or organized football game.

Queen’s photo, “The Longest Yard,” was captured during a Middle School game and features a single ball carrier dragging several defenders with others in hot pursuit. Much of Queen’s inspiration for photography can be directly credited to Canon Explorer of Light and Sports Illustrated photographer Peter Read Miller, whose personal Web site and NFL photo tips have helped Queen develop his abilities as a photographer.

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Ben Queen, 13, of West Virginia, won the Teen Division of the Canon and Pro Football Hall of Fame "Why Do You Love Football?" Photo Challenge. (Photo Credit: Ben Queen via Canon's Media Department)

“Year in and year out this photo contest has grown to become a valued part of Canon’s association with the National Football League,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, senior vice president and general manager, Consumer Imaging Group, Canon U.S.A.

The judging panel reviewed more than 10,000 entries and included former NFL quarterback Archie Manning along with some of the world’s top sports photographers including Peter Read Miller; 2007 and 2006 “Why Do You Love Football?” photo contest adult grand prize winner Diana Porter; Steve Apps of the Wisconsin State Journal; Scott Heckel of the Canton Repository; freelance photographer Dave Drapkin; and Tony Tomsic, a freelance sports photographer who has photographed every Super Bowl to-date.

The other finalists in the 2008 adult division included: Michelle Young, California; Scott Strine, New York; Jason Day, Michigan; Tom Manning, Virginia; Rich Barnes, New York; Scott Rohloff, Wisconsin; Regina Dunlavy, Indiana; Derek Johnson, Texas; Randy Owens, Texas; Robert DeForge, Michigan; Gary Jones, California; Cheryl Padget, Michigan; and Greg Kremer, Minnesota

The other finalists in the 2008 teen division included: Garreth Patterson, Alaska; Jessica Brown, Georgia; Quenton Rexroth, Pennsylvania (twice); Hailey Austin, Texas; Aaron Montes, Texas; Nam-My Le, Texas; Cody Tyler, Montana; Ryan Morris, California; Kristyn Russell, Kansas; Richard Gonzales, California; Samantha Cunningham, Texas; and Casey Jackson, Texas.

Canon U.S.A., Inc. delivers consumer, business-to-business, and industrial imaging solutions. Canon Inc., is listed as one of Fortune’s Most Admired Companies in America and is on the 2008 BusinessWeek list of “Top 100 Brands.”

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February 15, 2009 at 3:13 am