An Olympus OM-D E-M1 ll with a 12-40mm F2.8 Pro lens and ¥1M is up for grabs for the winner of the 2016-2017 Olympus Global Open Photo Contest. The competition is open to amateur and professional photographers alike, and the company has placed no restriction on the equipment used to take entered images saying 'Any photographic device from a DSLR to smartphone may be used.'

There are four categories with these themes:

  • Power of life
  • Connections to Cherish
  • Places that Inspire
  • Perspectives Often Missed

There will be three prizes for each category with first place images winning an OM-D E-M5 ll with the 12-40mm F2.8 Pro lens, second placed winners getting an OM-D E-M10 ll with 14-42mm F3.5-5.6 EZ and those coming in third receiving a Pen E-PL8 with 12-42mm F3.5-5.6 EZ. The overall winner will get the OM-D E-M1 ll with the 12-40mm F2.8 Pro lens and the cash.

Entry is free and entrants may submit up to five pictures for each category until the closing date on January 10th 2017. Winners will be announced in April 2017. At current exchange rates 1,000,000 Japanese Yen is worth about $9200/£7400/€8600.

For more information visit the Olympus Global Open Photo Contest website.