After the immense success of the three successive photo competitions, the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) invites amateur and professional photographers from around the world to join us in celebrating the diversity of stakeholders and patients we reach. The theme for the international Photography Competition this year is ‘Eye Care Everywhere’.
“Eye health work across the world is inspiring change and making it a better place”, notes Joanna Conlon, Director of Development and Communications. “These pictures shine a light on the impact eye care organisations, including IAPB members, have around the world. Together, we can ensure that everyone everywhere experience positive change.”
We know now that 1.2 billion people don’t have access to glasses. Over 3 out of 4–more than 75%–of the world’s vision impaired are avoidably so. The photo competition is a great tool to draw a spotlight on eye care issues across the globe and those who are vulnerable to sight conditions—young children, persons with diabetes, older people, people with limited access to health services etc. With the theme, “#EyeCareEverywhere”, IAPB encourages you to share images that highlight the impact, and strength of our partnerships and most importantly highlight the importance of vision everywhere in the world.
World Sight Day (11 October 2018) is an international day of awareness about avoidable blindness and its prevention and is an important advocacy and communications opportunity for the eye health community. It is a great time to engage with a wider audience – a patient’s family, those who seldom get an eye exam, diabetics – and showcase why eye health needs everybody’s attention.
Participation in the competition is open worldwide – upload a photo that best exemplifies eyecare everywhere, give it a title or caption; clearly note your name, profession and contact details on the competition micro-site: http://photocomp.iapb.org. You can read the competition guidelines, here.
All individuals interested in the theme are welcome to participate in the photo competition. Send your photos with the theme ‘Eye Care Everywhere’ before World Sight Day (11th October 2018). Every week, the IAPB will pick “Editor’s picks” and showcase them on IAPB’s social media accounts. Finally, winners will be selected from these Editor’s picks after World Sight Day (the last day of the competition). The competition will be open till 11 October 2018 – World Sight Day, after which the IAPB will pick two winners and 5 runners-up. Winners will be announced on 15 October 2018. The Amateur prize will be a professional camera: Canon 1200 D DSLR camera. The professional prize this year will be a cash prize of USD 1000.
This year, there is a special prize: delegates to the IAPB Council of members in hyderabad, India will vote for their most favoured submission from the Editor’s picks till the Council begins. The dates of the Council are 15-16 September 2018. The winner will get a special mention and a certificate.
For more information do visit the micro-site: http://photocomp.iapb.org