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World Sight Day Photo Competition Judging Panel

The six individuals on the IAPB World Sight Day 2023 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.

Aníbal Bueno

Aníbal Bueno

Aníbal Bueno is a scientist and professional photographer. He has traveled more than 70 countries in search of the human essence.

Aníbal has specialized in the preparation of reports on the lifestyles of the last minority ethnic groups on the planet, a discourse that he disseminates through his networks, photographic works, talks, courses and editorial publications, which he elaborates as he travels the world.

He has received several awards for his photography, such as the award for best adventure travel photography at the 2018 Adventure Travel show or the medal from the Spanish Photography Confederation.

Caroline Casey

Caroline Casey

President, IAPB

Caroline Casey is an award-winning social entrepreneur. Committed to building a global movement on inclusive business for the 1.3 billion people in the world with a disability, over the past two decades she has set up several organisations and initiatives centred on disability business inclusion.

Caroline is also a TED speaker, Ashoka Fellow, Eisenhower Fellow, a past advisor for the Clinton Global Initiative, a One Young World Counsellor and is a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum. Caroline is also the President, of the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness.

Ian Pearce

Prof. Ian Pearce

Consultant Ophthalmologist and Vitreoretinal Surgeon
Royal Liverpool University Hospital, UK

Professor Ian Pearce is a consultant ophthalmologist and vitreoretinal surgeon at St. Paul’s Eye Unit, Royal Liverpool University Hospital, UK, providing specialist services for AMD, vitreoretinal surgery, diabetic eye disease, and uveitis.

Since 1993, Professor Pearce has been involved in clinical research and has been principal/chief investigator for numerous international and national trials of novel treatments and therapies and surgical management of AMD involving radiotherapy.

Professor Pearce is past President of the Ophthalmic Imaging Association, Director of the Clinical Eye Research Centre at St. Paul’s Eye Unit, and member of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists Scientific Committee. He is the nominated Specialist Clinical Expert Advisor to the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence for the appraisal of novel technologies for the treatment of retinal diseases. For the Department of Health, he is Chair of the Advisory Committee on Dangerous Pathogens TSE Ophthalmic Subgroup.

As well as delivering numerous invited international and national lectures, Professor Pearce has authored 3 national guidelines, 3 book chapters (Evidenced-based Management of Diabetes, Complications of Vitreo-retinal Surgery, and a chapter in Barton and Powers’ Clinical Negligence) and more than 50 publications, which have been cited >700 times.

Professor Pearce has trained many UK and international retinal specialists through St. Paul’s Eye Unit fellowship programs, and is Regional Advisor for Ophthalmology to Mersey Training Deanery, Mersey Deanery Programme Director for Medical Ophthalmology, and examiner for the Royal College of Ophthalmologists.

Imraan Gallo

Imraan Gallo

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.

Kwame Yeboah Jnr

Kwame Yeboah Jnr

Optometrist, 2022 WSD Photo Competition Winner

Kwame Yeboah Jnr is a young, budding optometrist from Ghana. He is very passionate about improving the lives of people through the provision of high-quality vision care. He currently works with the Cape Coast Teaching Hospital.

For the past two years he has been engaged with outreach programs in rural communities to help reduced avoidable blindness within the Central and Western Regions of Ghana.

Marge Axelrad

Marge Axelrad

Senior Vice President and Editorial Director, Vision Monday VMAIL, Jobson Optical Group, New York

After a series of business journalism roles, Axelrad joined Jobson 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. Vision Monday is part of the Jobson Optical Group, which consists of the leading publications/websites/information resources for the vision care field and includes 20/20 Magazine and others. The Optical Group is a part of Jobson Medical Information, which is a division of WebMD.

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 via Vision Monday, VMail, VisionMonday.com and VM’s Global Leadership Summit. She is also the editorial liaison for the Jobson Research Group.

Axelrad is a founding board member of the Optical Women’s Association and honored by the OWA in 2013 with its Pleiades Award. In 2008, Axelrad was recognized by the Accessories Council with its “Hall of Fame” Award and in March 2011 she was honored by SUNY’s Optometric Foundation.

In 2017, Axelrad was recognized as Prevent Blindness’ “Person of Vision”. She has also served on the national board of Prevent Blindness America (2009-2013) and, is currently on the board of trustees of SUNY-Optometry/Optometric Foundation of New York.

A graduate of the University of Rochester, Axelrad started her b-to-b journalism career first as an editorial assistant and then as reporter and editor covering the fields of men’s apparel, home furnishings and department store retailing.

Jobson Optical Group also includes Review of Optometric Business, Review of Optometry, Review of Ophthalmology, FRAMESData, Jobson Interactive and Jobson Research.

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