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    mEYE World 2012

    Photo competition winners announced on World Sight Day.

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    mEYE World 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.

    Khang Ta, winner of the Healthcare Professionals category, was selected as grand finalist winner.

    Macular Degeneration Foundation CEO, Julie Heraghty was thrilled with the quality of entries received this year.

    “The entries received have been truly inspiring and have told wonderful stories about the world in which we live and just how important our vision is.” said Ms Heraghty. “I want to thank everyone who entered this year’s competition and to congratulate all our winners and runners up for their success in the mEYE World Photographic Competition 2012. I especially thank our sponsor the Optical Distributors & Manufacturers Association (ODMA) for their generous support of the mEYE World Photographic Competition 2012 for a second year running.”

    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

    Khang Ta, Heatherton, VIC

    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

    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.

    Posted: 11 November 2012

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