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Olympus' logo. Click here to visit the Olympus website! PRESS RELEASE: Olympus Us Open Sweepstakes Delivers Winning Match Of Unprecedented Access And Innovative Cameras

Five Lucky Consumers Will Capture It All with Exclusive Access at Grand Slam Tennis Tournament

CENTER VALLEY, Pa., May 14, 2008 – Olympus, sponsor of the US Open and the Olympus US Open Series, announces today its second annual national sweepstakes that will send five winners and their guests on the trip of a lifetime to the 2008 US Open Tennis Championships in Flushing Meadows, New York. Winners will receive a weekend getaway August 29-31, 2008, which will include hotel, airfare, spending money and two tickets to the Grand Slam tennis tournament. They will also be granted exclusive access to locations normally limited to professional photographers where they can capture the on-court and behind-the-scenes drama.

Starting in the Olympus luxury suite located in Arthur Ashe Stadium at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, winners will be coached by an award-winning photographer, an Olympus Visionary, on best techniques for shooting nonstop tennis action. They will have access to the photographers’ lounge and other elite locations, to capture images from a vantage point only the pros typically have. The winners’ ultimate photo experience will be in the exclusive Olympus photo pit, shooting elbow-to-elbow with professional photographers and capturing amazing up-close images of the tournament action with Olympus E-System digital single lens reflex (DSLR) cameras.

“As the official camera of the US Open, Olympus has the opportunity to share unprecedented access to and experience one of the top sporting events in the world, while giving consumers the chance to shoot like the pros,” said Mark Huggins, executive director, Brand Marketing, Olympus Imaging America Inc. “Our cameras and this tournament are a perfect match, and we are thrilled to have consumers share in this winning experience.”

Consumers purchasing an Olympus camera between May 13 and July 18, 2008 may register to win by completing a registration form at participating retail locations, entering online at www.getolympus.com/register, or mailing a postcard or letter containing their name, mailing address, email address and telephone number to: emg3, Shoot With the Pros, 215 Commercial St., Portland, ME 04101. Registration for the sweepstakes runs through July 18, 2008 and complete rules are available at www.getolympus.com/register.

The US Open Tennis Championships is the fourth and final Grand Slam tennis tournament of the year. It will take place August 25-September 7, 2008 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center at Flushing Meadows-Corona Park in New York.

The USTA is the national governing body for the sport of tennis in the U.S. and the leader in promoting and developing the growth of tennis at every level -- from local communities to the highest level of the professional game. It owns and operates the US Open, the largest annually attended sporting event in the world, and launched the Olympus US Open Series linking 10 summer tournaments to the US Open. In addition, it owns the 94 Pro Circuit events throughout the U.S., and selects the teams for the Davis Cup, Fed Cup, Olympic and Paralympic Games. A not-for-profit organization with 725,000 members, it invests 100% of its proceeds in growing the game. For more information on the USTA, log on to usta.com.

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.

Olympus Imaging America Inc. is a precision technology leader, designing and delivering award-winning products for consumer and professional markets.

Olympus Imaging America Inc. works collaboratively with its customers and its ultimate parent company, Olympus Corporation, to develop breakthrough technologies with revolutionary product design and functionality that enhances peoples’ lives every day. These include:

  • Digital Cameras as well as related Underwater Products and Accessories
  • Professional Digital SLR Imaging Systems as well as related Underwater Products and Accessories
  • Digital and Microcassette Recorders
  • Digital Media
  • Binoculars

Olympus Imaging America Inc. is responsible for sales in the United States, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America. For more information, visit: www.olympusamerica.com.

(First posted on Wednesday, May 14, 2008 at 13:53 EDT)

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