Olympus Image of the Year Award 2022

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Olympus Image of the Year Award 2019Prizes:

  • Global prize: choice of an SZX7 microscope with a DP23 digital camera, or a set of X Line objectives
  • Regional prize: choice of a CX23 microscope or SZ61 stereo microscope
  • Materials science and engineering prize: SZ61 stereo microscope

The winners will be notified in April, 2023.

You can upload up to 3 images. Online submission of digital photographs via the website. You must upload your microscope only.

Image requirements: JPEG or TIFF and have a maximum file size of 10MB.

Judging criteria: artistic and visual aspects, scientific impact and microscope proficiency.


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If you have another lens in addition to a 50mm, you can put them both together to create a powerful macro setup. This technique, known as twin reverse lens or dual reverse lens, will work with any lens as the primary lens (attached to the camera and behind the reversed 50mm), though the longer the focal length of the primary lens the greater the magnification will be. To use this technique to its full advantage, you’ll need to purchase a coupling ring to join the two lenses together. It’s simplest if both lenses have the same size filter threads, but if they don’t, you can use a stepping ring to make them match. To implement this technique, just attach your primary lens to the camera as usual, then reverse the 50mm lens and use a coupling ring (plus stepping ring if necessary) to attach it to the primary lens. The two lenses make this setup exceptionally powerful but somewhat cumbersome, and it can be challenging to get a clear shot while hand-holding the camera. For best results, use a tripod to stabilize the camera and a cable release to fire the shutter.