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Olympus' logo. Click here to visit the Olympus website! PRESS RELEASE: Olympus Sweepstakes Winners Shoot With The Pros At The 2008 US Open

Five Lucky Consumers Capture It All Through Exclusive Access at the World-Class Tennis Tournament

CENTER VALLEY, Pa., August 20, 2008 - Olympus Imaging America Inc. today announced the winners of its second annual national sweepstakes, which is sending five lucky tennis fans and their doubles partners on a weekend getaway (August 30-September 1, 2008) to New York City to experience the fast action and excitement of the 2008 US Open Tennis Championships. The winners of this dream trip are: Kristi Davenport of Lansing, MI; Ted Dehmer of Glendale, AZ; David Iorio of Hudson, NY; Anne Reilly of Berlin, CT; and Katelyn Sexton of Virginia Beach, VA.

Winners are receiving hotel, airfare, spending cash and two admission tickets to the world-class tennis tournament, including exclusive access to designated professional photography locations at the event, enabling them to capture the on-court and behind-the-scenes drama. They are shooting with the newly available E-420 and E-520 digital SLR (single lens reflex) cameras and Olympus’ flagship E-3 DSLR. The E-3 coupled with the 12-60mm lens offers the fastest autofocus technology and provides weatherproof and dustproof durability – perfect for professionals and photo enthusiasts shooting in the field.

The winners’ access to the tournament begins in the Olympus suite located at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, where they are coached by Olympus Visionary Jay Kinghorn, an award-winning photographer, on best techniques for shooting nonstop tennis action. Access also includes the Olympus Photographers’ Lounge and other elite locations. The ultimate experience is in the photographers’ pit, where the winners shoot alongside the professional photographers, capturing amazing up-close images.

“Olympus and the US Open are a perfect match, promoting active, healthy lifestyles,” said Mark Huggins, executive director, Brand Marketing, Olympus Imaging America Inc. “Our tough and rugged cameras – waterproof and dustproof, to name a few – enable consumers to take images in situations where other cameras can’t. Proof that Olympus let’s you capture it all.”

The 2008 US Open will mark the culmination of the Olympus US Open Series, the six-week summer tennis season linking all major ATP and Sony Ericsson WTA Tour tournaments in North America to the US Open.  The US Open is the highest attended annual sporting event in the world.  More than 75 million viewers watched the 2007 US Open on CBS Sports and USA Network, and international broadcasts reached more than 180 countries.  In 2007, Roger Federer earned the largest payout in tennis history -- $2.4 million -- for winning both the US Open and Olympus US Open Series titles.  In the women’s singles final, Justine Henin defeated Svetlana Kuznetsova to capture her second career US Open title. 

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 from the United States, Bermuda, Canada, Italy and Japan.

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 and Film 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 Friday, August 22, 2008 at 06:39 EDT)

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