Macular Disease Foundation Australia Patron, Ita Buttrose, announced the winners of the 2014 mEYE World Photographic Competition and said that she and her fellow judges agreed that the winning photograph had brilliantly captured the competition’s theme - ‘a sight worth saving’.
Leading Australian artist Ken Done, internationally renowned photographer Rex Dupain and one of Australia’s longest serving news photographers, Alan Pryke were on the judging panel.
An initiative of the Macular Disease Foundation Australia, the competition is designed to raise awareness of macular disease, the leading cause of blindness and severe vision loss in Australia. Entrants submitted a photograph of ‘a sight worth saving’, along with a short description of how their photo captured this theme.
Dr Kerry Boytell, of Mosman NSW, took out both the Healthcare category and Grand Finalist prize with an awe-inspiring photo of a snow leopard in the wild. “Good photography is all about timing,” said judge Alan Pryke. “If you can identify the perfect moment and capture it, you’ll have a great shot. I think we can all agree this is true of this year’s grand finalist winner.”
More than 1300 entries were received across the four categories of macular disease community, healthcare professional, open, and junior (under 18).
Ita Buttrose who has judged the competition for four years said, “Photography captures the world around us like no other medium. It gives a unique insight into the world of the photographer. The theme ‘a sight worth saving’ resulted in entries that were diverse in subject and deeply personal to the individual behind the lens.
“Macular disease affects Australians of all ages and we now know that early detection can save sight. The competition is a wonderfully creative way to remind people how precious their sight is and why we should do all we can to preserve it,” Ms Buttrose said.
Grand finalist winner Dr Boytell said “All big cats in their environment are difficult to see, but when I saw this magnificent snow leopard appearing on a ledge it was a sight to behold. I think it was just as amazed at seeing me, as I was seeing it. Our sight is precious, and being able to see nature in its glory is indeed wonderful.”
Category winners were:
- Healthcare Professional – Kerry Boytell, Mosman NSW
- Macular Disease Community – Yvonne Hill, Paralowie SA
- Open (General Public) – Corinne Le Gall, Vincentia NSW
- Junior (Under 18) – Mikayla McCubben, Kingscliff NSW
Winners of the mEYE World Photographic Competition 2014
Grand Finalist and Healthcare category winner - Dr Kerry Boytell, Mosman NSW
Dr Boytell said “All big cats in their environment are difficult to see, but when I saw this magnificent snow leopard appearing on a ledge it was a sight to behold. I think it was just as amazed at seeing me, as I was seeing it. Our sight is precious, and being able to see nature in its glory is indeed wonderful.”
Macular Disease Community category winner – Yvonne Hill, Paralowie SA
Yvonne said, “Because of his poor eyesight due to macular degeneration, my husband now uses a walking stick after taking several nasty falls as a result of lack of depth perception, no sight in one eye and very little in the other.”
Open category winner – Corinne Le Gall, Vincentia NSW
Corinne said, “The savagery of a carnivorous animal having to kill another in order to survive. Witnessing and photographing two kites fighting over a leather-jacket meal is not something that I will forget in a hurry. There is not a day that goes by where I am not thankful for the gift of sight.”
Junior (under 18) category winner – Mikayla McCubben, Kingscliff NSW
Mikayla said, “Staring through the branches I observed how paragliders imitate nature. The paragliders look like seeds, flying off the barren branches. Sometimes a new perspective brings a new life. The interplay between man and nature is truly a sight to behold.”
Runners up of the mEYE World Photographic Competition 2014
Macular Disease Community category:
1st Runner Up – Reg Pollitt, Bardon QLD
2nd Runner Up – Yvonne Hill, Paralowie SA
Healthcare Professional category:
1st Runner Up – Chris Barry, Sorrento WA
2nd Runner Up – Dr Kerry Boytell, Mosman NSW
Open (General Public) category:
1st Runner Up – Kate Tiedt, Mount Kuring-Gai NSW
2nd Runner Up – AJ Foxford, Lake Munmorah NSW
Junior (Under 18) category:
1st Runner Up – Connor Russell, Greenhills Beach NSW
2nd Runner Up – Kyle Sier, Oyster Bay NSW