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Run away to the circus with Olympus for its 100th birthday

When it comes to hosting hands-on events for the public, Olympus has a reputation as one of the more 'interactive' camera brands. And its annual free photographic experience with Giffords Circus is always one of the most popular events on its calendar.

Continuing its 100th anniversary celebrations, this year the big top is heading to the stunning setting of Oxford University Parks – and Olympus is inviting 100 guests to come along and take fantastic circus-themed pictures using the best Olympus camera (opens in new tab)s (you can bring your own if you're an existing user, or borrow some of the latest kit).

Run away to the circus with Olympus!

Photograph Giffords' latest show with Olympus (Image: Olympus Imagespace)

Each attendee will receive two tickets to an exclusive matinee performance of Giffords' latest show, Xanadu, which they will be able to shoot to their hearts' content with some of the best mirrorless camera (opens in new tab)s available. 

"This year’s 70s-inspired show ‘Xanadu’ captures the spirit of Coleridge’s Kubla Khan …It’s midsummer 1973 in Hyde Park and the flower power movement is at its height. Hippies, hipsters, rock stars, musicians, wild women and global nomads with Shamanic horses gather to play, sing dance, protest and perform."

Olympus Ambassadors and product specialists will be on hand to help existing Olympus owners learn new tricks with their kit, or to help users of other brands get to grips with the Micro Four Thirds system for the first time. 

Big biceps inside the big top

Put the latest Olympus kit to the test inside the big top (Image: Clive Downes / Olympus Imagespace)

Giffords Circus provides a fantastically photogenic environment, and this rare opportunity to photograph a performance of the latest show is one not to be missed. With the challenging lighting conditions and fast-moving action, it should be the perfect opportunity to put the new Olympus OM-D E-M1X (opens in new tab) professional body through its paces. 

To be in with a chance of winning one of the 100 free tickets, head over to the Olympus Imagespace website (opens in new tab) to enter. The closing date for applications is 24 May 2019, so fill out the form while you smash a chocolate egg this weekend. 

Read more: 

The best Olympus cameras in 2019 (opens in new tab)
Olympus OM-D E-M1X review (opens in new tab)
Olympus E-M1 Mark II limited edition marks company's 100th birthday (opens in new tab)
Olympus' 100th anniversary: know any 100-year-olds who want their picture taken? (opens in new tab)

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The editor of Digital Camera World, James has 21 years experience as a magazine and web journalist and started working in the photographic industry in 2014 (as an assistant to Damian McGillicuddy, who succeeded David Bailey as Principal Photographer for Olympus). In this time he shot for clients as diverse as Aston Martin Racing, Elinchrom and L'Oréal, in addition to shooting campaigns and product testing for Olympus, and providing training for professionals. This has led him to being a go-to expert for camera and lens reviews, photographic and lighting tutorials, as well as industry analysis, news and rumors for publications such as Digital Camera Magazine (opens in new tab)PhotoPlus: The Canon Magazine (opens in new tab)N-Photo: The Nikon Magazine (opens in new tab)Digital Photographer (opens in new tab) and Professional Imagemaker, as well as hosting workshops and demonstrations at The Photography Show (opens in new tab). An Olympus and Canon shooter, he has a wealth of knowledge on cameras of all makes – and a fondness for vintage lenses and instant cameras.