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The OLYMPUS Visionary program features the most talented, passionate photographers. The constantly growing network caters for photography enthusiasts and top photographers alike. OLYMPUS is proud to share their projects throughout Europe. Read their stories below and take the opportunity to make contact with them.
Discover more stories below and find out more about our Visionaries’ experiences.

  • Small but Mighty

    OM-D E-M1 Mark II • M.Zuiko Digital ED 7-14mm F2.8 PRO • F11.0 • 1/2s • ISO 200 It's a few years ago now that I switched to the Olympus system. In the beginning people I spoke to would often tell me “You’ll end up going back to 35mm format.” If I’m honest about it, I had my doubts myself to start with – but now it makes me laugh thinking about it. Anyone who does any kind of outdoor activity (hillwalking/trekking...
    • 10 Sep 2018
      This post has 2 Likes, 3 Comments and 2335 views
  • Kamchatka Bears

    E-M1 Mark II • M.Zuiko Digital ED 7-14mm F2.8 PRO • F7.1 • 1/25s • ISO 64 There are many places I would like to go to, but when an opportunity for the Olympus Wildlife Project (international photographers, filmmakers and journalists with a chance to visit the distant and wild corners of the world) came up, I chose the Kamchatka Peninsula. Together with Krystian Bielatowicz, we set off to Kurile Lake, which is located...
    • 23 Aug 2018
      This post has 9 Likes, 2 Comments and 2008 views
  • “Perfect cameras for wildlife photography”

    E-M1 Mark II • M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 300mm 1:4.0 IS PRO • f7.1 • 1/2000s • ISO 800 I was invited via Olympus by Hokkaido tourist board to participate a photography tour to Hokkaido – which is the northern most island of Japan and one of my favorite wildlife photography destinations in the world. I love Hokkaido and I accepted the invitation with great pleasure- since this would be my 10th visit to this beautiful island...
    • 20 Jul 2018
      This post has 3 Likes, 6 Comments and 6172 views
  • Antarctica

    E-M10 Mark II • M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 7‑14mm 1:2.8 PRO • 1:16 • 1/125s • ISO 200 There always comes a day when you feel like something is coming to an end. That’s what’s just happened to me. Precisely when I thought my trip to Antarctica wouldn’t end, it did. If I had to sum it up in one word, “floating” comes to mind, since I literally floated across the ocean for three weeks. But “floating” is also appropriate because...
    • 20 Jun 2018
      This post has 1 Likes, 6 Comments and 2088 views
  • Landscape photography with no compromises: the M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-100mm 1:4.0 IS PRO put through its paces for a day

    E-M1 Mark II • M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12-100mm 1:4.0 IS PRO • 1:8 • 1/125s • ISO 64 “F8 and be there”. This is a quote from Jim Brandenburg, a veteran of nature photography, and had he photographed with MFT back then too, the quote would surely be “F4 and be there”. Despite the many trends around – such as working with an open aperture and the shallowest depth of field – this approach is still a guiding principle for...
    • 7 May 2018
      This post has 4 Likes, 4 Comments and 6522 views
  • Out and about with the OM-D E-M1 in Istanbul

    E-M1 • M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 40-150mm 1:2.8 PRO • 1:5.6 • 1/80s • ISO 500 As a 14 million-strong metropolis on the Bosphorus and European Capital of Culture 2010, Istanbul stands at the crossroads between Asia and Europe – and awakens all of our senses. A trip to Istanbul is all about discovering the different atmospheres for yourself, being inspired and amazed, smelling, hearing and capturing the metropolis in extraordinary...
    • 17 Apr 2018
      This post has 6 Likes, 1 Comments and 2433 views
  • Lhotse, 8516 meters: Touching the void

    E-M5 Mark II • M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 7-14 mm 1:2.8 PRO • 1:2.8 • 1/25s • ISO 800 This story begins with a high degree of uncertainty. Having been unable to find anybody to join me on my journey to climb the fourth highest mountain in the world, I had to set off for the Himalayas on my own. In addition to this, I was about to confront the memories of the traumatic experience that I’d lived through just two years before...
    • 5 Mar 2018
      This post has 6 Likes, 6 Comments and 3547 views
  • PEN-F: Latest firmware lets you upload colour and mono profiles used by other photographers

    Firmware upgrades have often been associated with bug fixes and it is true that is one element and why it is so vital to register your camera. It means we can alert you when a firmware upgrade is available. There is much more to the process than tha...
    • 28 Feb 2018
      This post has 7 Likes, 6 Comments and 12395 views
  • “Take it and use it, you can't go wrong.”

    E-M1 Mark II • M.Zuiko Digital ED 17mm 1:1.2 PRO • 1:16 • 1/320s • ISO 200 Since 2003, when I first put my hands on Olympus Camedia camera I did not even dream of what the trip it would be. Ups, downs, changes of style, changes of understanding photography, lot of bad moves and sometimes good ones. One thing never changed... Olympus. E-M1 Mark II • M.Zuiko Digital ED 25mm 1:1.2 PRO • 1:2.2 • 1/250s • ISO 640...
    • 19 Feb 2018
      This post has 1 Likes, 4 Comments and 3045 views
  • Light photography

    There are many ways to communicate. We can cry out or elicit reactions with our facial expressions alone. We can also say nothing: silence speaks volumes. I believe the same is true for photography. Images can be loud and shrill, or quiet and delicate, needing to be discovered by the attentive viewer before they can convey their message. For me, photography is the most beautiful form of communication, and the tools...
    • 15 Feb 2018
      This post has 2 Likes, 1 Comments and 2123 views
  • Every artist's worst nightmare…

    E-M10 Mark III • M.Zuiko 17mm 1:1.8 • 1:1.8 • 1/25s • ISO 1000 Day starts. Coffee, cigarette and hit the shower. Get dressed and grab gear. Take my battery from the charger, stick it in the body, card and lens check. Let’s get to work on the streets.But today is different, usually street photography is my relaxation. No, it’s even more. It’s my therapy, my way of making sense of this world. But not today, today...
    • 30 Jan 2018
      This post has 4 Likes, 2 Comments and 1400 views
  • "I want to keep the craft alive"

    E-M1 • M.Zuiko Digital 17mm 1:1.8 • 1:1.8 • 1/500s • ISO 400 As a documentary photographer, Stacii Samidin photographs the different levels of our modern society and records them in photo documentaries. Not just the different levels, but the different people, identities (stereotypes as well as subcultures), gangs, people from specific communities, or people who are just famous: all of these are "societies" according...
    • 3 Jan 2018
      This post has 4 Likes, 0 Comments and 1851 views
  • Breathtaking image quality with beautiful Feathered Bokeh

    E-M1 Mark II • M.Zuiko Digital ED 25mm 1:1.2 PRO • 1:1.2 • 1/400s • ISO 200 Unlike in painting, in photography you can only focus on one single point. The point in focus is what the photographer wants viewers to see the most. Then by defocusing the other areas, you can make the subject stand out. By doing this, you are communicating what you wanted to show, and what you wanted to express. In general, it is more difficult...
    • 3 Jan 2018
      This post has 1 Likes, 3 Comments and 3256 views
  • Wildlife with the OM-D E-M1 Mark II

    E-M1 Mark II • M.Zuiko Digital ED 300mm 1:4.0 IS PRO • 1:4.0 • 1/500s • ISO 400 "Working with wildlife is not without its challenges, so knowing I have the best equipment for the job is important to me. Using the Olympus OMD EM1 MKII has enabled me to be more creative and flexible with my approach and the 300mm, 40–150mm and 12–40mm as my three go-to lenses for wildlife." E-M1 Mark II • M.Zuiko Digital ED 40...
    • 18 Dec 2017
      This post has 9 Likes, 8 Comments and 5569 views
  • Beyond the horizon: On the road with the new F1.2 PRO lenses

    E-M1 Mark II • M.Zuiko Digital ED 17mm 1:1.2 PRO • 1:1.2 • 1/60s • ISO 200 “Oh yes!” That was my first reaction when I got hold of the new F1.2 PRO lenses. Ultimate euphoria. I quickly planned my trip, not having to take difficult light into account at all. Rain and wind didn’t matter either. I can handle them and so can my camera. And that’s the great thing about the new series of PRO lenses: They're watertight...
    • 13 Dec 2017
      This post has 1 Likes, 6 Comments and 3484 views
  • When technology and emotions come together

    My name is Fiona Bishop. I photograph people, specializing in portrait and wedding photography. For over 10 years, I have been photographing people from early childhood to old age. In 2015, I decided to focus on the latest innovation in photography; mirror-less cameras. After a short test photoshoot, I quickly fell for the Olympus E-M1. Compared to the small, light-weight Olympus, my 4 kg single-lens reflex camera...
    • 5 Dec 2017
      This post has 0 Likes, 0 Comments and 1541 views
  • CIRCUM: The world tour with Olympus

    E-M1 Mark II • M.Zuiko Digital 45mm 1:1.8 • 1:1.8 • 1/4s • ISO 1600 The OM-D E-M1 Mark II hooked me at first sight. When I saw the improvements made over its predecessor, I thought that experimenting shooting with it under all kinds of lighting conditions, would be an irrefutable proof of its effectiveness as an all-purpose piece of equipment. If this new camera was a dream, why not materialize another dream with...
    • 4 Dec 2017
      This post has 1 Likes, 1 Comments and 2354 views
  • My new favorite portrait lens

    E-M1 Mark II • M.Zuiko Digital ED 45mm 1:1.2 PRO • 1:1.2 • 1/640s • ISO 200 I’m home in my studio, located in downtown Cincinnati, Ohio. It’s a warm space with original hardwood flooring and east-facing windows that welcome the sun’s morning light. I photographed in the studio for some of the morning, and spent the evening at a local garden that’s one of my favorite places to take clients for portraits. E-M1...
    • 28 Nov 2017
      This post has 2 Likes, 0 Comments and 2501 views
  • Feathered Bokeh - the new bokeh

    E-M1 Mark II • M.Zuiko Digital ED 17mm 1:1.2 PRO • 1:1.2 • 1/8000s • ISO 200 Getting my hands on the new 17mm f1.2 PRO lens was not only exciting and but something I had been waiting for a long time. I'm a big fan of the 17mm f1.8 and it's definitely one of my most used lenses. Even the 1.8 is great, getting a PRO lens with this focal length is just amazing. I specialize in Rock and music photography where I tour...
    • 6 Nov 2017
      This post has 5 Likes, 5 Comments and 5485 views
  • Weatherproof in New York

    E-M1 Mark II • M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12‑40mm PRO • 1:2.8 • 1/500s • ISO 200 For two and a half years now, I've been living in Orlando, Florida, and have only just finally managed a long weekend in New York. I've already seen lots of pictures, but it's almost impossible to cover everything within 3 days. As with any trip, I try to get by with as little equipment as possible. Due to the airline's relatively strict baggage...
    • 24 Oct 2017
      This post has 2 Likes, 3 Comments and 2285 views
  • Nightlife and bar stories

    E-M1 • M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 25mm PRO • 1:1.2 • 1/50s • ISO 3200 Just like most photographers, my photography path started with landscape shots, but a set of circumstances caused it to broaden into more paths. I am convinced that a photographer should stick to one theme and develop within it, but with me it wasn't like that. Traveling through the universe of photography, I discovered low-light photography. I was already...
    • 5 Oct 2017
      This post has 3 Likes, 3 Comments and 3703 views
  • Macro and nature photography

    E-M1 Mark II • M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 300mm PRO • 1:4.0 • 1/250s • ISO 400 This lens has a focal length equivalent to 600mm in film cameras. Therefore, its main use would be for photographing wild animals in their natural environment, such as birds, large mammals, etc. However, thanks to a series of unique features I found it a good option for close-up photography in nature. First of all, its closest focusing distance...
    • 28 Sep 2017
      This post has 4 Likes, 8 Comments and 2853 views
  • Exploring the world has never been easier

    E-M10 Mark III • M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 300mm PRO • 1:4.0 • 1/250s • ISO 320 When I opened the package, I was thrilled to see what was inside - the new E-M10 Mark III to replace my beloved E-M10 that once led me into the world of the Micro Four Thirds system. At that time, leaving behind the last SLR camera from Olympus - the E-5 - and holding small E-M10 in my hands almost felt like a revolution. It seemed so new...
    • 18 Sep 2017
      This post has 3 Likes, 3 Comments and 2887 views
  • Bali at its Best

    E-M1 Mark II • M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 40‑150mm • 1:4.0 • 1/2000s • ISO 200 Film making has been a passion of mine for years, which is why it was clear that it should also be my profession. I dumped my office job, completed film school, and made my hobby into my career. In 2015, when I used the OM-D E-M 5 Mark II for the first time to complete a project, I switched my equipment to Olympus from one day to the next. This...
    • 5 Sep 2017
      This post has 1 Likes, 0 Comments and 1275 views
  • Antarctica - Expedition to the Mount Sidley Volcano

    E-M1 Mark II • M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12-100mm PRO • 1:4.0 • 1/1600s • ISO 200 As a lava hunter, heat and dust are my calling, my oasis of well-being. I am in my element when I go on trips to volcanoes, such as in the Danakil Desert in Ethiopia. In contrast I can't stand snow and cold. The sound of crunching snow sends a chill down my spine. Nevertheless, just one year ago I fell under the spell of an advertisement...
    • 16 Aug 2017
      This post has 3 Likes, 0 Comments and 2752 views