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Eyes on the future Competition

The Macular Degeneration Foundation (MDF) has launched the inaugural mEYE World Photographic Competition to raise awareness of Macular Degeneration, with the theme ‘eyes on the future’.

Macular Degeneration is the leading cause of blindness in Australia. It affects central vision, which is responsible for our ability to see faces, read, drive, distinguish colours clearly and see the focus of our world.

The mEYE World Photographic Competition, which started last month (March) and runs until 27 April, provides an opportunity for enthusiasts and budding photographers to share and showcase their talent while raising awareness of the disease.

Renowned Australian photographer and competition judge, Robert McFarlane, realises the importance of early detection after his mother was diagnosed with Macular Degeneration.

Early detection of this disease saves sight. We want to spread the word for people to get their macula checked, especially those at risk, which includes people over 50, those with a family history of the disease and those who smoke

“Vision affects the way we experience life on every level. My mother was diagnosed with Macular Degeneration, which means I have a 50 per cent chance of developing the disease because of my family history. This photo competition is a perfect way to raise awareness of Macular Degeneration as our sight is crucial to us for seeing the world we live in and especially our loved ones,” said Mr. McFarlane.

MDF CEO, Julie Heraghty is encouraging all Australians to enter. “This is an exciting project as our focus is your vision. The Foundation wants Australians to use photography, a powerful and popular medium, to illustrate the precious gift of sight. We’re asking everyone to help raise awareness, support the Foundation and save sight,” she said.

“Early detection of this disease saves sight. We want to spread the word for people to get their macula checked, especially those at risk, which includes people over 50, those with a family history of the disease and those who smoke.”

Entries must include 50 words or less that explain how the entrant’s photograph conveys the ‘eyes on the future’ theme. Entries will be judged on their creativity, composition, content and technique. The prize pool includes cameras and photography software.

To enter go to www.meyephotocomp.com.au and enter your photograph online.

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