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Small Is Beautiful on New Olympus BioScapes Imaging Website

CENTER VALLEY, PA., September 23, 2008 – The world is full of surprises, and an extraordinary website devoted to intimate, intricate and often surprising views of the living world glimpsed through microscopes has been unveiled by Olympus America.  The website for the Olympus BioScapes Digital Imaging Competition, which honors the world’s finest life science micro images, both still and moving, is at www.olympusbioscapes.com.   It features hundreds of striking, brilliant images that depict every aspect of life on earth as seen through the lenses of some of the world’s finest scientific photographers.

            Brain cells look like a Van Gogh painting, and budding leaves resemble praying hands.  There are amazing videos of T-cells killing off viruses and fungus rupturing a blueberry.  There are delicate rainbows made of moth wings and the shocking beauty of a rat’s tongue.

            In addition to the extensive galleries and information about the winning images, the Olympus BioScapes website site also offers screensavers and other materials.  Finally, there is a schedule for the exhibit tour of winning images, many of which travel the US each year visiting museums, galleries, and academic institutions.
            The Olympus BioScapes International Digital Imaging Competition focuses on the amazing stories being told through the images and movies captured in today’s life science laboratories, which illustrate the remarkable confluence of science and art.  The world’s foremost forum for recognizing life science images captured through light microscopes, it carries a top prize worth $5,000.

            Scientists and other visitors can enter their own microscope images in the fifth annual international competition.  Deadline for 2008 entries is September 30.  Complete information about how to enter, including all rules and prizes, is available on the site, www.olympusbioscapes.com

About Olympus Scientific Equipment Group
Olympus America 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, creating innovative opto-digital solutions in healthcare, life science and consumer electronics products. Olympus works collaboratively with its customers and its affiliates worldwide 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;
  • Digital cameras and voice recorders.

Olympus serves healthcare and commercial laboratory markets with integrated product solutions and financial, educational and consulting services that help customers to efficiently, reliably and more easily achieve exceptional results. Olympus develops breakthrough technologies with revolutionary product design and functionality for the consumer and professional photography markets, and also is the leader in gastrointestinal endoscopy and clinical and educational microscopes. For more information, visit www.olympusamerica.com.