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World Sight Day Photo Competition Judging

The seven individuals on the IAPB World Sight Day 2022 Photo Competition judging panel were chosen for their credibility, expertise and diversity. Each a leading voice in their field, the judges brings a range of perspectives and vast experience.

We invite you to meet our judges.

Caroline Casey

Caroline Casey

Founder and Creator, The Valuable 500
President, IAPB

Caroline Casey is the businesswoman and activist behind The Valuable 500, the world’s largest CEO collective and business move for disability inclusion. Casey launched the movement at the World Economic Forum’s Davos Summit in 2019 and since then has signed up 500 multinational organisations with a combined revenue of over $8 trillion, employing 20 million people worldwide to radically transform the business system. The membership includes 36 of the FTSE 100 companies, 46 of the Fortune 500 and 28 of the Nikkei. Recently appointed President of the IAPB, Caroline also sits on several diversity and inclusion boards to include L’Oréal and Sky and is a much sought-after speaker. Caroline has received an honorary doctorate as well as multiple awards and accolades for her work as a disability activist.


David Katz

David Katz

Internationally Acclaimed Photojournalist, Founder of the David Katz Foundation

David Katz is an Internationally acclaimed photojournalist, who in 1986 at just 19 years old was already working at the Daily Mail Newspaper. He quickly built a reputation as one of the top sports photographers in the British national press and has photographed presidents, prime ministers, royalty and celebrities, and in 2007 was appointed Benjamin Netanyahu’s personal photographer. However, it wasn’t until 2017 that David spoke publicly about being legally blind from birth. In 2019, David founded ‘The David Katz Foundation’, a charity supporting and improving the lives of visually impaired people and their families.


Dean Saffron

Dean Saffron

World-Renowned Photojournalist

Dean is a freelance documentary photographer and filmmaker. He is passionate about aid work projects and has travelled throughout Bangladesh, the Myanmar border, East Timor, Vietnam, Cambodia, Australia and Mexico to document programmes in conjunction with the World Food Programme, UNICEF, UNHCR and various eye health organisations. Dean’s work has been exhibited globally as well as been featured in The New York Times and National Geographic Traveller. Dean’s success is attributed to respecting the responsibility of being a global citizen, appreciating the privilege of being invited into people’s lives and insight into the impact of sharing such moments captured through the lens. See more of Dean’s work at www.deansaffron.com and follow him on Instagram at @deansaffron.


Dr. Princess Ifeoma Ike

Dr. Princess Ifeoma Ike

IAPB Eye Health Hero

Dr. Princess Ifeoma Ike is a Public Health board certified optometrist from Nigeria with 9 years of professional experience. She currently serves as the CEO of Princess Vision Eye Clinic Limited in Abuja. She is a graduate of the Pioneer Pandemic Preparedness Series offered by the One Young World Academy in partnership with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, a climate reality leader trained by former US Vice President Al Gore, an Africa Ambassador for Business Innovation by the Government of Sao Tome and Principe and is the National Advocacy Secretary of the Nigerian Optometric Association. She is a 2021 IAPB Eye Health Hero and a World Economic Forum Global Shaper with the Abuja hub currently serving as the Curator. Follow Dr. Princess Ifeoma Ike on Instagram at @star_optometrist


Imraan Gallo

Imraan Gallo

Visually Impaired Photographer, Advocate for Artists with Disabilities

Imraan Gallo is a portrait/still life and automotive photographer based in Cape Town, South Africa. He was diagnosed with open angle glaucoma at 15 and by 31 was legally blind. Before this he was a mechanical engineering designer, but photography was always a hobby. Due to his condition, he tends to shoot in controlled environments with low ambient lighting. He is passionate about helping others, including giving back to the low-vision clinic at the blind school he attended. His dream is to have a studio for himself and others to work from, and to make a living from photography.


Julie-Anne Davies

Julie-Anne Davies

Professional Photographer, World Sight Day 2021 Photo Competition Winner

A professional photographer since 2004, Julie-Anne’s passion lies in documenting the wildest parts of this planet and the people, wildlife and cultures that inhabit them. She spent two months documenting the people and culture of the Khumbu Valley of Nepal and her most recent work has taken her to the Galapagos, Amazon, Mexico, Ladakh, Bhutan, Vietnam, Morocco and again throughout Nepal, focusing on documenting the connection between women and the natural world. In May of 2022, her work was exhibited by The Atlas of Humanity project in Paris. See more of Julie-Anne’s work at www.julieannedavies.com and follow her on Instagram at @juliannedaviesphoto


Marge Axelrad

Marge Axelrad

Senior Vice President and Editorial Director, Vision Monday and VMail

Axelrad joined Jobson Optical Group in 1988, when she was named editor-in-chief of Vision Monday and her role at Jobson has since expanded to senior vice president and editorial director of both VM and VMAIL and 20/20. With more than 30 years of experience as an eyewear and vision care market observer, columnist and frequent speaker about optical industry issues in the U.S. and internationally, Axelrad oversees Jobson’s coverage of industry developments. She is also the editorial liaison for the Jobson Research Group. She is a founding board member of the Optical Women’s Association and honored by the OWA in 2013 with its Pleiades Award. She was recognized by the Accessories Council with its “Hall of Fame” Award, was honored by SUNY’s Optometric Foundation and has been recognized as Prevent Blindness’ “Person of Vision”.


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Bayer is a global enterprise with core competencies in the Life Science fields of health care and agriculture. Its products and services are designed to benefit people and improve their quality of life. At the same time, the Group aims to create value through innovation, growth and high earning power. Bayer is committed to the principles of sustainable development and to its social and ethical responsibilities as a corporate citizen.