Winners of the #VisionFirst Photo Competition

Communications Manager
Organisation: IAPB

Today is the day! Here are the winners of the 2019 VisionFirst! Photo Competition. We have 1 winner each and 5 runners-up each in two categories: Professional and Amateur. Before we take a look at the winning entries, a big shout-out to all our submitters, including those of you who come back to us year after year–thank you so much for sending in all our lovely submissions. Each entry tells a story about eye care, its need and its delivery across the world.

Winner (Professional)

Moments of uncertainty, before her first visual exam. Free Cataract Surgery Camp at Nakuru County Referal Hospital. Kenya — by Sergio Carmona and Silvia Tablada.

Winners of the #VisionFirst Photo Competition - Winner (Pro)Runners-up (Professional)



Winner (Amateur)

Bilateral Cataract Surgery in a couple — by Frenky de Jesus

Winners of the #VisionFirst Photo Competition. Winner (amateur)Runners-up (Amateur)


IAPB Council of Members 2019: Delegate Choice

Winner: Professional

Refraction in Uganda

Refraction in Uganda — by Gregor Kuntscher, Light For The World

Winner: Amateur

Checking the vision of a class of children in a rural government school in Sierra Leone

Checking the vision of a class of children in a rural government school in Sierra Leone — by Graham Coates, Vision Aid Overseas


Thank you once again to all participants — our sincere gratitude. This World Sight Day has been fascinating, and this is the one on the eve of the year 2020. Photos from the Photo Competition have graced a variety of covers, reports, books and web-pages around the world. They have enabled a conversation around eye care delivery and have helped draw attention to a key health indicator as we mark our progress towards the SDGs.

IAPB thanks Bayer for their support in delivering this photo competition.