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, they would like to mark our centenary by celebrating with fellow centenarians in a unique way.

They are commissioning a group of Olympus photographic Ambassadors to take portraits of centenarians born in 1918 and 1919, with the results collated into a celebratory book and accompanying exhibition at their London art gallery.

THE 100 YEAR PORTRAIT PROJECT

They 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.

If you know someone who is approaching this momentous 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 by following this link HERE.