Macular disease photo competition winners announced

This year’s the was ‘See My World – In Your Backyard’, and the overall best photo was awarded to Ms Bettina Damme of Rathmines in NSW.An initiative of the MDFA, the competition is designed to raise awareness of macular disease, the leading cause of blindness and severe vision loss in Australia. The high profile judging panel included MDFA Patron MS Ita Buttrose, internationally recognised photographer Mr Rex Dupain, and one of Australia’s longest serving news photographers, Mr Alan Pryke.“This competition is such a pleasure to judge. This year’s entries have been wonderfully creative and they captured our ‘In Your Own Backyard’ the perfectly,” Buttrose said.“Macular disease affects Australians of all ages and we now know that early detection can save sight. The competition is an excellent way to rind people how precious their sight is and why they should never take it for granted.”Damme’s photo, entitled Pollen Face, is of a colour rainbow lorikeet that visits her backyard, and Dupain said the winning image is, “a striking portrait of a native bird with a spectrum of outrageous feathers, and while the parrot’s palette becomes an ornithologist’s delight, we are happy to admire it as a work of art.”The other competition categories include macular disease community, healthcare professional, and junior (under 18), which were won by Dr Edwin Lim, Ms Jen Stocks and Zara Jozsa respectively.COMPETITION GALLERY