In October 1919 Takeshi Yamashita founded the company we know today as Olympus, specialising in the manufacture of microscopes and thermometers. 100 years along the line, Olympus’ history of excellence continues with a range of award-winning mirrorless cameras and high-quality lenses.

Reaching the grand old age of 100 years is obviously something that should be celebrated. And while Olympus won’t be receiving a birthday card from the Queen, we would like to mark our centenary by celebrating with fellow centenarians in a unique way.

We are commissioning a group of Olympus photographic Ambassadors to take portraits of 100-year-olds and the results will be collated into a celebratory book and accompanying exhibition at our London gallery space.


If you know someone who is approaching this momentus landmark and think they would be willing to have their portrait taken professionally to become part of this amazing project, please fill in the form below.

We aim to take a wonderful portrait that captures them at their best and if appropriate feature a quote from them that might shed light on their secret to longevity or simply some words of wisdom garnered over their lifetime.


Do you know or are you someone who is or will shortly be 100 years old?
If so, we’d love to hear from you! Please fill out your/their details below to include them in this incredible project and have a professional portrait taken by one of our Olympus Ambassadors!
  • Contact Details of 100 Year Old

  • Your Contact Details

    (If you are applying on behalf of someone else.)
  • (e.g, Relative, Spouse, Friend, etc.)
  • Please select how you are happy for us contact you in relation to arranging a portrait session.

THE SMALL PRINT: While every effort will be made to include all applicants in the project, due to geographical and resource considerations, we cannot guarantee that everyone will be included in the final book/exhibition. There will be no payment for participating in the project although we will be happy to reimburse reasonable expenses incurred by the participants and their carers where agreed. Most portraits however will be taken in the participant’s residence with a minimum of fuss and inconvenience. All participants will receive a print of their final portrait free of charge. By taking part in the portrait project, you assign and grant Olympus, irrevocable and unrestricted right to use and publish photographs from the photoshoot for use on our website(s) or for any other medium, and also the right to alter the photographs without restriction, and to copyright same.