Show your world at the ongoing annual mEYE World Photographic Competition: Submit your entries by 8th September, 2015

Show your world at the ongoing annual mEYE World Photographic Competition: Submit your entries by 8th September, 2015

21Pick up your camera, look around and capture the beautiful world, a world which is yours. Kindle your creative side and arrest it in your lens. Your artistic world might win you the title of ‘mEYE World Photographic Competition’ along with a coveted prize money.

Macular Disease Foundation Australia is calling for entries into the fifth annual mEYE World Photographic Competition and is asking all Australians to submit a photograph that captures the theme: See My World.

A high profile judging panel will decide this years’ winners, including media identity and Patron of Macular Disease Foundation Australia Ita Buttrose, internationally recognised photographer Rex Dupain and one of Australia’s longest serving news photographers, Alan Pryke.

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 and I am looking forward to seeing entries which are personal and creative interpretations of the entrant’s world.”

Macular disease is the leading cause of blindness and severe vision loss in Australia and includes diabetic eye disease and macular degeneration. These diseases take away the sight of Australians but if detected early sight can be saved.

“This competition reminds us to value our vision and the importance of having an eye test and macula check to protect it,” said Macular Disease Foundation Australia Chief Executive Officer, Julie Heraghty. “There is so much beauty in the world around us and I encourage all Australians to embrace the theme See My World by entering a photo which highlights the importance of sight in their daily life.”

It’s easy to enter. All you need to do is submit a photograph online that represents the theme of See My World, plus a brief description. There is over $13,000 worth of prizes to be won.

The competition runs until 8 September 2015.

For more information and to enter, visit www.meyephotocomp.com.au
Background information

2015 Competition details:
The competition runs from 14 July to 8 September.
Winners will be announced on 12 November.

The four categories for the competition are:
Open – general public
Macular disease community
Healthcare professional
Junior – under 18 years.

Entries must be submitted online and in conjunction with 30 – 60 words that explain how the entrant’s photograph depicts this year’s theme of ‘See My World’. Entries will be judged on their creativity, composition, content and technique.

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Dr Kerry Boytell, of Mosman NSW, won the Grand Finalist and Healthcare Category prize for the mEYE World Photographic Exhibition 2014 with an awe-inspiring photo of a snow leopard.

“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.” Dr Kerry Boytell, Mosman NSW.

The competition is initiated by Macular Disease Foundation Australia which is committed to reduce the incidence and impact of macular disease in Australia through education and awareness programs, research, provision of support services and representing the best interests of the macular disease community. The Foundation is a national charity providing information, guidance and support on prevention, early detection, treatment and rehabilitation.
The Foundation’s work encompasses macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, retinal vein occlusions and a range of other macular diseases.
To find out more visit: www.mdfoundation.com.au

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