“This competition is such a wonderfully creative way to remind people how precious the sense of sight is.”
Ita Buttrose, Head Judge
Tania Savona, Ormond VIC – Macular Disease Category Winner and Grand Finalist
After a hard day's work of dancing and prancing, these ballerinas were captured recharging their batteries and getting 40 winks. You cannot see their eyes but they have a look of calmness and shared friendship. I'm not a dancer but I love to see my daughter dance and escape into her world of beautiful music and costumes.
Kerry Boytell, Mosman NSW - Healthcare Professional Category Winner
Milford Sound in NZ is usually shrouded in mist. It was a unique experience to be able to see it on one of it's few clear days per year. Being blessed with good vision is essential to experience the visual wonders of our world.
Sharran Makin, Redhead, NSW - Open Category Winner
To see a horse is beautiful, To see a team of horses is majestic, To be able to see it is a gift, and To be able to capture the moment is a blessing.
Floyd Mallon, Maitland NSW - Junior Cateorgy Winner
To me, photography is a mean of connecting with beautiful parts of the world. Astrophotography in particular allows me to see a world that is not visible to the naked eye, seeing the Milky Way on the screen of my camera never ceases to leave me speechless . That is how I connect to nature, to the world.
Kerry Boytell, Mosman NSW - Healthcare Professional:1st runner up
For me, birds and animals are some of the most beautiful creatures in our universe. I felt privileged to witness this beautiful eagle owl in flight over the dunes, on it's evening hunt for food. Being blessed with good vision, enables me to see these wonderful creatures.
Colin Chan, Chatswood NSW - Healthcare Professional 2nd runner up
Sometimes after a long day of seeing patients or operations, I like to take a walk in the local bush near home. Soaking in the sights and sounds and smells around me, helps inspire me and remind me what a privilege it is to be able to restore sight.
Doug Cliff, Elanora Heights NSW - Macular Disease Community - 1st runner up
It's interesting to see the world in black and white. We are so colour driven these days. The more vivid the better. So I have been trying to take pictures in black and white. Its much harder to get something interesting. I wonder if we would be much different if we were only able to see B&W
Yvonne Hill, Paralowie SA - Macular Disease Community - 2nd runner up
Life without sight would be awful if it were not for the support of loved ones and the priceless devotion of a dog, especially a clever one like blue cattle dog, Blaze, who is willing to assist in any way he can, giving unstintingly of his love and companionship.
Desmond Chu, Concord, NSW - Open Category - 1st runner up
Before dawn on this river in China, the scene was pitch black. But when this man lit his oil lamp, we were able to see his world - a beautiful world of cormorants, mountains and a character-filled fisherman. What a privilege to have a glimpse of another's world!
Kelvin Ball, Calremont TAS - Open Category - 2nd runner up
I spy with my little eye something beginning with S,sitting in a tree photographing a bee, I had to stay cool & calm as it crawled up my arm & onto my glasses so to see past my fear I took a selfie after all beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
Geena Gill, Lockridge WA - Junior Category - 1st runner up
My photograph demonstrates the way in which people show their inner world through art. To do this, my subject herself became the artwork, externalising the beauty of her imagination through body painting. Her eye is meant to capture the audience's attention and say "this is how I see myself, this is me showing my soul to the world."
Harmony Foxford, Lake Munmorah, NSW - Junior Category - 2nd runner up
See the hands of my world. Every generation has the responsibility to care for the world we live in. They can hand on that responsibility to the next generation. As past generations move on we can still look back but we can't see into the future. We need to look after the present so our future can be great!