Macular Disease Foundation Australia is calling for Australians to photograph ‘a sight worth saving’ this World Sight Day and to enter this year’s mEYE World Photographic Competition.
The competition aims to raise awareness of macular disease, the leading cause of blindness and severe vision loss in Australia. Diabetic eye disease is the leading cause of blindness in working age Australians and macular degeneration is the leading cause of blindness in older Australians. Across all ages, and both macular diseases, we need to raise awareness of the importance of having an eye test and that early detection can save sight.
This year’s competition boasts a high profile judging panel including media identity and Patron of the Macular Disease Foundation Australia Ita Buttrose, AO, OBE, iconic Australian artist Ken Done, AM, internationally recognised photographer Rex Dupain and one of Australia’s longest serving news photographers, Alan Pryke.
The competition provides an opportunity for budding photographers to showcase their talent while raising awareness of macular disease and supporting the Foundation in its pursuit to save sight.
Macular Disease Foundation Australia CEO, Julie Heraghty,says “this is an exciting project for the Foundation. We want Australians to use photography to capture the theme ‘a sight worth saving’ and help raise awareness of macular disease and the importance of having an eye test. This is a fun and exciting way to help ensure we can all see a future,” she said.
The competition closes 12 November and winners will be announced on 9 December.
The four categories for the competition are:
- Open – general public
- Macular disease community
- Healthcare professional
- Junior – under 18 years.
Entries must be submitted online in conjunction with 30 – 60 words that explain how the entrant’s photograph shows ’a sight worth saving’. Entries will be judged on their creativity, composition, content and technique.
For entry details visit www.meyephotocomp.com.au