The mEYE World Photographic Competition 2012 saw over 560 inspiring photographs 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 from the four category winners to win the "Ultimate Sydney experience" prize package which included flights and stay in Sydney.
The 2012 competition was supported by the Optical Distributors & Manufacturers Association (ODMA).
Category winners were:
- Healthcare Professional - Khang Ta, Heatherton, VIC
- Open (General Public) - Gary Brinkman, Broadbeach Waters, QLD
- Macular Degeneration Community - Helen Dugdale, Dalyekkup, WA
- Junior (Under 18) - Georgina Flanagan, Coolamon, NSW
Category Winners of the mEYE World Photographic Competition 2012
Khang Ta, Heatherton, VIC - Grand Finalist and Healthcare Professionals Category
Khang said, “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
Gary said, “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
Helen said, “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
Georgina said, “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
Courtney McCarthy, Mudgeeraba, QLD - 1st Runner Up
Julie Craigie, Oxley Vale, NSW - 2nd Runner Up
Macular Degeneration Community category:
Jessica Thaddeus, Muswellbrook, NSW - 1st Runner Up
Heidi Pultar, Grays Point, NSW - 2nd Runner Up
Healthcare Professionals category:
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) catergory:
Sean Eiffe, Surfers Paradise, QLD - 1st Runner Up
Alexandra Robb, Reedy Creek, QLD - 2nd Runner Up