It's Strange How Things Don't Work Out As You Expected Them.
More so when dealing with a large company that you thought would have their act together!
I was fortunate to be invited to Ireland a couple of years ago by this company but the German branch not here in the UK. It was for the launch of the Olympus OMD E-1 and it was so well organised and so we done I just could not fault it. I left feeling I had dealt with a well organised company that knew what its goals and targets were.
Then at the beginning of last year I was pointed in the direction of a competition they were running for protégés and decided after previous experiences with +Olympus
this would be a good chance to have an input in the UK organisation. I was fortunate (with a lot of help from yourselves) to be selected as a protégé in the animal section.
Then it just went awry! At first it was a with a separate marketing company who I struggled to communicate with to find out where things would be progressing. Eventually Olympus took over the marketing and there was a hope things would improve, sadly they did not. We had a meet up in London with all the protégés and mentors along with Olympus where plans for the future were outlined. Since that meeting at the end of last year none of the plans have come to fruition. I know myself and my mentor had to wait for certain seasons etc to photograph the animals we wanted but that did not mean the other protégés could not have continued their progress.
What has happened to date?
One cannot get in contact with their mentor to arrange anything, they get little or no response. Another has given up on his and has left the project altogether. Another has only just started working with his mentor some 6 months after the initial meeting.
As for myself I too have left the project altogether as well. I was supposed to have attended a workshop with Olympus Europe in Prague but was advised by the UK branch it was not intended for me. I wish I had gone to ensure the first time was not simply a fluke.
If this the level of organisation expected from Olympus UK then I'm sorry to say it's sadly lacking. I will simply stay with Canon until someone can convince me otherwise.
To make matters worse for some reason the Olympus OMDE-10 has decided to stop working!