The winners of the #StrongerTogether Photo Competition were announced at the celebration ceremony of the 10GA in Durban, South Africa. Although only two clear winners were voted for in the Professional and Amateur categories (congratulations to Tommy Trenchard and Duke!) with five runners up each, a BIG thank you to all the participants; your submissions brought rich context and we are very grateful for your time and effort.
The pictures that we received and their accompanying stories truly touched our hearts; be it the image of eye screenings in war torn Afghanistan, a man compelled to go back to work even before his bandages were removed , an old lady being carried over a hilly terrain to an eye camp – each and every image truly embodied our theme #StrongerTogether.
The process of deciding the winners and runners-up was a collaborative effort, with the delegates attending the 10GA casting their votes for the short-listed pictures with immense excitement. The amateur category especially was very hard-fought.
The competition began in June and by its end on 13 October– World Sight Day–we had 1211 submissions from 89 countries. It was truly exciting for us to receive 363 pictures in the last few days before WSD’16.
Since we began an annual photo competition (with support from Bayer) in 2015, visitors from 149 countries have reached out to us. This year’s competition saw over 200 organisations (a huge thanks to Mission for Vision, LRBT, SEVA Canada, Sightsavers, Shandong Eye Hospital, Dossiers &facto newsletter, Eye from Zion for sending us so many submissions) including Ministries of Health from several countries.
Behind these organisations are several individuals that became our top contributors: Shabana Shahzad, Noble Sebastian, Ellen Crystal, Albino Mahumana, John Leo, Thanuja Panicker. Heartfelt thanks for your time and effort.
We thank each and every participant for sharing their pictures and stories so generously with us to spread the message that we are stronger together and the need to make eye care accessible for all and to prevent avoidable blindness. Do look out for your pictures to become the face of IAPB in 2017, with due credit given of course.
We hope to reach even more hearts and countries with our photo competition in 2017.