Olympus is holding a global photo contest that could net the winner an Olympus OM-D E-M1 II paired with a 12-40mm F2.8 Pro lens and one million Yen. Their 2016-2017 Olympus Global Open Photo Contest is open to amateur and professional photographers from around the world.
Interestingly, Olympus hasn’t placed any restrictions on what type of equipment can be used to take entered images. On the contest website, it says, “Any photographic device from a DSLR to smartphone may be used.”
This year’s competition features four themes:
- Power of Life
- Connections to Cherish
- Places that Inspire
- Perspective Often Missed
Prizes will be offered for the top three entries in each category. First place winners will get an OM-D E-M5 II with a 12-40mm F2.8 Pro lens. Second place receives an OM-D E-M10 II with a 14-42mm F3.5-5.6 EZ lens. And third place winners will get a Pen E-PL8 with a 12-42mm F3.5-5.6 EZ lens.
There will also be an overall winner who will receive the OM-D E-M1 II with the 12-40mm F2.8 Pro lens. ¥1M. While the contest is open to anyone from around the world, the prize package is in Japanese Yen. Assuming current exchange rates don’t change, 1,000,000 Yen is worth about $9200.
Entrants can submit up to five images for each category, and each entry is free. The contest closes on January 10, 2017. Winners will be announced sometime in April 2017.
For more information visit the photo contest website.