Center Valley, Pa. - Olympus unveiled Monday a new contest awarding budding photographers/videographers an Olympus Pen E-PL1 hybrid interchangeable-lens camera, along with $5,000 "to bring your creative vision to life."
The "PEN your story challenge" will enable potential contestants to submit their video proposals to the YouTube site and enter to win the Pen, the funds and a crack at a grand prize: an all-expense-paid trip for two to New York City to attend the Olympus-sponsored U.S. Open National Tennis Championships on Olympus Day to display the winning video on the giant video board at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center before an audience of thousands.
Potential contestants can submit their video proposals ideas at:
Erik Beck, executive producer of the online DIY filmmaking network Indy Mogul (
), has produced a how-to video with tips and tricks to assist contestants with the production of their submissions for the challenge.
Examples of video project proposals that will be eligible for contest submission range from directing a short film with HD video, to producing a fashion spread of pro-quality still images, to chronicling an adventure or creating a photo montage.
Six of the best proposals will be selected from among 20 semifinalists by the community via thumbs up "likes," six of the best proposals will be selected by a panel of judges from Olympus, as well as the YouTube community.
The six finalists will receive the Pen, the funds and time to shoot their projects.
Once the six finalists have uploaded their final creations to YouTube, the grand-prize winner will be selected based on a combination of popular vote and the panel of Olympus judges.