IAPB Announces its 2021 World Sight Day Photos of the Year

IAPB Announces its 2021 World Sight Day Photos of the Year

November 01, 2021

Founded in 1975, IAPB is the premier eye health body which brings together a unique network of members and membership bodies from across the world.

LONDON—The International Agency to  Prevent Blindness (IAPB) has announced the winners of the World Sight Day 2021 Photo Competition. An independent panel of five judges from around the world selected this year’s winners. Winners were selected from over 1,000 images submitted from around the world.

“Our hope was that the competition would provide professional and amateur photographers with the opportunity to share the stories they’ve captured, and we have been blown away by the calibre of submissions, which are nothing short of exceptional.

We thank everyone who participated and congratulations to our winners,” said Simon Darvill, head of communications, IAPB, which launched this year's competition in connection with the Oct.14, 2021 World Sight Day #LoveYourEyes initiative.

The judges have chosen "Ladakhi Weaver" by Julie-Anne Davies as this year’s winning professional Photo of the Year and "Going to School" by Saiful Islam as the winning amateur Photo of the Year.

Judge Fatima Zehra, Eye Health Hero 2020, trainer and consultant, said of the professional Photo of the Year, “This image clearly shows the impact of good vision on personal and economic growth. This picture has rightly captured the hope, joy and happiness of a woman who can see clearly.”

Judge Michael Schoenfeld, award winning photographer, admired the winning amateur photograph, “'Going to School,' has such a beautiful unified colour palette, great expression and emotional tone…The thoughtfulness of the background, harmonizing so well with the subject shows the depth and maturity of the photographer.”

“Since its inception in 2015, the World Sight Day Photo Competition has highlighted the importance of eye health, by shining a light on the social and economic impact of vision loss.

This year, the submissions achieved that and so much more. Choosing winners was not an easy task, but I thank our judges for lending their time and expertise,” added Darvill.

The judging panel consisted of Dave Hogan, world renowned celebrity photographer, Caroline Casey, founder and creator of The Valuable 500; Michael Schoenfeld, multi-award-winning photographer;

The IAPB World Sight Day Photo Competition is made possible with support from Bayer, a global enterprise with core competencies in the Life Science fields of health care and agriculture.

The International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) is the overarching alliance for the global eyecare sector with 150 members worldwide drawn from NGOs and civil society, corporate organizations, professional bodies and research and eyecare institutions.