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Olympus BioScapes™ Digital Imaging Competition Debuts

Deadline for Entries is September 7, 2004

Melville, NY, June 1, 2004 - Olympus America Inc. has announced an exciting new photo competition that will honor extraordinary microscope images of life science subjects. Entry deadline for the Olympus BioScapes™ Digital Imaging Competition is September 7, 2004, and first prize will be Olympus microscope or camera equipment valued at $5,000. Nine additional winners will also receive valuable prizes from Olympus.

"We have created this competition because there is so much dynamic work now being done in research laboratories all over the world," said George Steares, Group Vice President for Scientific Equipment at Olympus. "These fascinating shots will tell important stories that shed light on the living universe around us. We want to know these stories and see these images. The BioScapes photo competition will focus exclusively on digital microscopic images in the life sciences and will allow entries in many formats: images, image series, and movies."

The Olympus BioScapes Digital Imaging Competition will recognize the finest images of life science specimens captured through light microscopes, using any magnification and any brand of equipment. Each person entering can submit up to five movies, images, or image sequences. Entries will include information on the importance or "story" behind the images. Winners will be notified in late September, and publicly announced at an event in October.

Uploading images to enter the competition is easy. For more information or to enter the competition, visit www.olympusbioscapes.com. The competition website may also be accessed from the company's well known educational website www.olympusmicro.com, and also www.molecularexpressions.com.

About Olympus Scientific Equipment Group
Olympus Scientific Equipment Group provides innovative microscope imaging solutions for researchers, doctors, clinicians and educators. Olympus microscope systems offer unsurpassed optics, superior construction and system versatility to meet the ever-changing needs of microscopists, paving the way for future advances in life science.

About Olympus
Olympus is a precision technology leader, designing and delivering innovative solutions in healthcare and consumer electronics worldwide.

Olympus works collaboratively with its customers and its parent company, Tokyo-based Olympus Corporation, to leverage R&D investment in precision technology and manufacturing processes across diverse business lines. These include:

  • Gastrointestinal endoscopes, accessories, and minimally invasive surgical products;
  • Advanced clinical and research microscopes;
  • Lab automation systems, chemistry-immuno and blood bank analyzers and reagents; and
  • Digital and film cameras, and digital voice recorders.
  • In the U. S. and Canada, Olympus serves healthcare, scientific and commercial laboratory markets with integrated product solutions and financial, educational and consulting services that help customers efficiently, reliably, safely, and easily achieve superior results.Olympus is the leader in gastrointestinal endoscopy and clinical and educational microscopes. The company's market-leading consumer electronics business spans North and South America. For more information, visit www.olympusamerica.com.