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Epson Named Official Printer and Paper Partner of the "Wilderness Forever" Exhibition in Washington, D.C.

Exhibit Opens Today at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

LONG BEACH, Calif., Sept. 3, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Epson today announced it is a global sponsor of the new exhibition "Wilderness Forever: 50 Years of Protecting America's Wild Places," which opens today at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C. Marking 50 years since the passage of the Wilderness Act – one of America's most successful and enduring pieces of conservation legislation – Wilderness50, Nature's Best Photography and the Smithsonian Institution are hosting an exhibition of juried photography highlighting the beauty, diversity and longevity of America's wilderness.

Beginning today, "Wilderness Forever: 50 Years of Protecting America's Wild Places," is open at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C. Epson is the official inkjet printer and paper partner for the exhibition.

As the official inkjet printer and paper partner for the exhibition, Epson's professional printing technology enables visitors to experience the award-winning photography of "Wilderness Forever" in its purest form, as a photographic print. Visitors to the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C. will see award-winning photographs selected from over 5,000 public entries submitted nationwide. The images are displayed as large format prints in the nation's most visited museum, which welcomes more than eight million visitors annually.

"Epson has been a strong supporter of the Nature's Best Photography Awards for several years in a row, so when it came time to find a printer and paper partner for the 'Wilderness Forever' exhibit, they were our first choice," said Steve Freligh, executive director of the awards program. "Epson's exhibition-quality printing allows museum attendees to enter a different world when they view these photos, showing the detail and natural beauty we are trying to capture with this exhibit."

The exhibition-quality prints were created with Epson's award-winning 44-inch Epson Stylus® Pro 9900. With the precision of its Epson MicroPiezo® TFP® printhead and the performance of Epson UltraChrome® HDR ink, the printer delivers superb photographic prints with an extremely wide color gamut and incredible sharpness. Used with Epson Professional Papers, this advanced printing technology produces rich blacks and smooth tonal transitions.

"America's wilderness is surely something to be treasured and appreciated, and we are honored to be associated with the 'Wilderness Forever' exhibit which captures the breathtaking beauty of this country," said Larry Kaufman, product manager, Professional Imaging, Epson America, Inc. "Our goal is to provide the most advanced printing technology available to help photographers accurately reproduce the beautiful wildlife and scenery they view and capture in real life."

The exhibition will be viewed by millions of visitors at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History located on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. and is open daily free to the public. For more information about Epson professional printers, visit proimaging.epson.com.

About Epson

Epson is a global innovation leader dedicated to exceeding expectations with solutions for markets as diverse as the office, home, commerce, and industry. Epson's lineup ranges from inkjet printers, printing systems and 3LCD projectors to industrial robots, smart glasses and sensing systems and is based on original compact, energy-saving and high-precision technologies.

Led by the Japan-based Seiko Epson Corporation, the Epson Group comprises more than 73,000 employees in 94 companies around the world, and is proud of its ongoing contributions to the global environment and the communities in which it operates. Epson America, Inc. based in Long Beach, Calif. is Epson's regional headquarters for the U.S., Canada, and Latin America. To learn more about Epson, please visit: www.Epson.com.

You may also connect with Epson America on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/Epson), Twitter (http://twitter.com/EpsonAmerica) and YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/EpsonAmerica).

Note: EPSON, Epson Stylus, Epson UltraChrome, MicroPiezo, and TFP are registered trademarks and EPSON Exceed Your Vision is a registered logomark of Seiko Epson Corporation. All other product brand names are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of their respective companies. Epson disclaims any and all rights in these marks.

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