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  • Written by Tara Fohmsbee

Ita Buttrose: “I want to see your world”

Last weeks to enter the mEYE World Photographic Competition
 
As head judge of the mEYE World Photographic Competition, Ita Buttrose wants all Australians to show her a little piece of their world. The call out is all part of her tireless efforts to raise awareness of macular disease in her role as Patron of the Macular Disease Foundation Australia.
 
“This competition reminds us to value our vision,” says Ita. “There is so much beauty in the world around us and I encourage all Australians to embrace the competition theme See My World by entering a photo which highlights the importance of sight in their daily life.”
 
It’s easy to enter and it’s free. Simply submit a photograph online along with a brief description of how it captures the competition theme See My World. There are more than $13,000 worth of prizes to be won – but only if you enter before 8 September!
 
“Photography captures the world around us like no other medium,” says Ita. “In previous years some of the winning entries have been magical and I am looking forward to seeing a similar standard this year. We are looking for entries that are personal and creative interpretations of the entrant’s world.”
 
The competition, which is in its fifth year, was established by Macular Disease Foundation Australia to raise awareness of macular disease, the leading cause of blindness and severe vision loss in Australia. Macular disease includes diabetic eye disease and macular degeneration, both of which take away a person’s sight. However, if detected early, sight can be saved.
 
Ita will be joined on the judging panel by internationally recognised photographer, Rex Dupain, and one of Australia’s longest-serving news photographers, Alan Pryke.
 
The competition will close 8 September 2015.
 
For more information and to enter, visit www.meyephotocomp.com.au

The competition closes on 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 ‘See My World’. Entries will be judged on their creativity, composition, content and technique.

 
About Macular Disease Foundation Australia
Macular Disease Foundation Australia is committed to reducing 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 is the voice of the macular disease community, building healthy communities through the development of effective public policy, a sound knowledge base and strong relationships and partnerships. 
 
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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