PEN Your Story Challenge

An Olympus contest bringing dream projects to life with its new, powerful digital camera


With the Olympus PEN E-PL1, you can take your photography to new places. Compact like a point-and-shoot, it packs an SLR-quality sensor, HD video recording, and eye-popping in-camera filters. Its Live Guide makes experimenting with depth-of-field and shutter speeds easier than ever. (Check out CH’s review and field test of the EPL1’s predecessor, the E-P1.)

What would you do with this much camera in the palm of your hand? Direct a digital film? Document an expedition? Olympus offers the chance —and $5,000 to make it happen—with its “PEN Your Story Challenge.”

Voters on YouTube will nominate the top 20 video proposals. From this group, judges from Olympus and the YouTube community will select six finalists. They’ll receive their own E-PL1 and $5,000 for their projects.

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Once the finalists have uploaded their completed projects to YouTube, voters and Olympus judges will crown the Grand Prize winner, who’ll win a trip to New York City and an invitation to the US Open on Olympus Day. The winner’s project will be showcased at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.

To enter, submit a video proposal on how you’ll unleash the E-PL1’s innovative features to There, you’ll find tips on producing your submission from Erik Beck of Indy Mogul. More details can be found on Facebook, Twitter, Flickr and at The contest is open to US and Canadian residents.