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mEYE World Photographic Competition 2012 Winners Announced!

The Macular Degeneration Foundation is pleased to announce, as part of World Sight Day activities, the grand finalist, winners and runners up of the mEYE World Photographic Competition 2012.

The Foundation invited enthusiasts and budding photographers to submit photographs, with a supporting 30-60 word description, that showed their appreciation of the gift of vision. Over 560 photographs were received from across Australia.

The variety and quality of the entries received made it a difficult job for the judges, who included media identity and Macular Degeneration Foundation Patron, Ita Buttrose and mivision editor Mark Cushway.

Photo l to r: Richard Grills and Finola Carey, representatives of competition sponsor ODMA, Khang Ta with his winning entry, representing the judges Mark Cushway of mivision, and Julie Heraghty of the Macular Degeneration Foundation

Khang Ta, winner of the Healthcare Professionals category, was selected as grand finalist winner from the four category winners to win the "Ultimate Sydney experience" prize package.

The competition included four categories including; Open, Macular Degeneration Community, Healthcare Professional and Junior (under 18) and the Macular Degeneration Foundation is pleased to announce:

Category Winners of the mEYE World Photographic Competition 2012

Khang Ta, Heatherton, VIC - Grand Finalist and Healthcare Professionals Category

This is my 4 year old daughter Kalina examining the eyes of Stanley, her classroom dog who she took home for a week. This is my little part of the world.

Gary Brinkman, Broadbeach Waters, QLD - Open Category

Where once there was light, now I see only darkness. As I stare into the vast blackness, the light behind the eye is nothing but a visual memory of the optical abundance I once enjoyed. My ageing eyesight and stepson's vision problems has brought a heightened appreciation of the gift of sight that so many take for granted.

Helen Dugdale, Dalyekkup, WA - Macular Degeneration Community Category

Her Aunty, Uncle and Great Grandmother have all suffered and are suffering from this disease, she is their eyes and they have never seen her beautiful, deep and meaningful brown eyes.

Georgina Flanagan, Coolamon, NSW - Junior (Under 18) Category

My photograph has inspired me to appreciate the gift of vision because it shows the light dancing in my younger brothers eyes. This light is something to appreciate as it can quickly diminish, as seen firsthand. My 79 year old grandmother has Macular Degeneration which has left her with significantly diminished sight in both eyes.

Runners up of the mEYE World Photographic Competition 2012 by category


Courtney McCarthy, Mudgeeraba, QLD - 1st Runner Up

Julie Craigie, Oxley Vale, NSW - 2nd Runner Up

Macular Degeneration Community:

Jessica Thaddeus, Muswellbrook, NSW - 1st Runner Up

Heidi Pultar, Grays Point, NSW - 2nd Runner Up

Healthcare Professionals:

Lisa Sayers, Kotara, NSW - 1st Runner Up

Gail Hoole, Artarmon, NSW - Equal 2nd Runner Up

Hong Hua, Lane Cove, NSW - Equal 2nd Runner Up

Junior (Under 18):

Sean Eiffe, Surfers Paradise, QLD - 1st Runner Up

Alexandra Robb, Reedy Creek, QLD - 2nd Runner Up

Winners, runners up and a selection of entries from each category have been showcased on our YouTube channel, click through below to view.

The Macular Degeneration Foundation would like to thank all entrants, judges, supporters and sponsor for making the mEYE World Photographic Competition 2012 a great success.

Click here to see the winners, runners up and entrants videos

Click here to find out more about the mEYE World Photographic Competition