The 2013 mEYE World Photographic Competition was judged by renowned Australian photographer Ken Duncan and Australian of the Year 2013 Ita Buttrose. The winning entries were required to show their appreciation of the gift of vision and according to Ken Duncan the “winners captured the very spirit of the person, place or object at a given moment in time.”
“For me, photography is the art of seeing, capturing and presenting images to others. The entries in the mEYE World Photographic Competition this year were diverse in subject displaying technical photographic ability within their categories and presenting balanced compositions. I truly believe the entrants appreciate their vision!” Ken Duncan
Grand finalist and open category winner Denis Fitzgerald, from Golden Square Victoria, reflected on a personal moment captured in a stunning black and white image of his daughter. Denis said of his photo, “I was watching my daughter listening intently to a story being told by her boyfriend sitting opposite. The look I saw in her eyes was one of beauty, of feeling, and one that only a parent knows. It was the realisation that my baby girl is all grown up. How blessed am I to see this.”
Thank you to Optical Distributors and Manufacturers Association (ODMA) for supporting the 2013 competition and to all prize donors who contributed to the fantastic prize packs.
Category winners were:
- Open (General Public) – Denis Fitzgerald, Golden Square VIC
- Healthcare Professionals – Chris Barry, Sorrento WA
- Macular Disease Community – M Honeybun, Perth WA
- Junior (Under 18) – Josh Nicol, Ruby VIC
Winners of the mEYE World Photographic Competition 2013
Open category winner and Grand Finalist - Denis Fitzgerald, Golden Square VIC
Denis said, "Her mother’s eyes. I was watching my daughter listening intently to a story being told by her boyfriend sitting opposite. The look I saw in her eyes was one of beauty, of feeling and one that only a parent knows. It was the realization that my baby girl is all grown up. How blessed am I to see this."
Macular Disease Community category winner – M Honeybun, Perth WA
M Honeybun said, "Spot the Cabbage White Butterfly - an insect attracted to Everlastings. Whilst caring for my mother with macular degeneration I became finely tuned into her world of (lack of) vision. This image would be a blur to mum and makes me appreciate what I see on a daily basis."
Healthcare Professionals category winner - Chris Barry, Sorrento WA
Chris said, "This beautiful world around us contains many magnificent sights. The mechanism of seeing seems so fragile and delicate compared to the vastness of the world around us. Let us hope that soon we can all retain maximum vision into our twilight years so that nature can continue to be enjoyed by us all."
Junior (under 18) category winner - Josh Nicol, Ruby VIC
Josh said, "This photo represents the beauty of life and of our incredible environment around us. The places I visit are what makes me appreciate the gift and importance of vision. Missing out on beautiful places such as this because of impaired vision is not fair and is something worth investing in."
Runners up of the mEYE World Photographic Competition 2013
Open (General Public) category:
1st Runner Up - Kelvin Ball, Claremont TAS
2nd Runner Up - Brian Luckins, Balarang NSW
Macular Disease Community category:
1st Runner Up - Walter Phelps, Fairfield Heights NSW
2nd Runner Up - Seleina Wilson, Caboolture QLD
Healthcare Professionals category:
1st Runner Up - Ingrid Douglas, Cairns QLD
2nd Runner Up - Chris Barry, Sorrento WA
Junior (Under 18) category:
1st Runner Up - Mikayla McCubben, Kingscliff NSW
2nd Runner Up - Charmoni Martin-Cogger, Calista WA