WORLD SIGHT DAY Photo competition is Live now!​


It’s time! The World Sight Day photo competition is live. Help us mark #WSD2020 and draw attention to avoidable blindness and vision impairment.

Hope in Sight - Photo Competition IAPB

We know that over a billion people have a vision impairment that could have been treated or addressed. Prevalence of vision impairment in many low- and middle-income regions is estimated to be four times higher than in high-income regions.

2020 has been a year of extraordinary changes because of the COVID-19 pandemic raging across the world. Most countries have prioritized COVID-19 control and every aspect of the country’s health system has a role to play.

Yet, there is hope in sight. There are many innovations and models that eye health, which can positively impact health. With the theme “Hope in Sight”, IAPB encourages you to share photos that highlight the impact, the strength of our partnerships and highlight the importance of vision everywhere in the world.

World Sight Day (WSD)

World Sight Day 2020

World Sight Day (WSD) is an annual day of awareness held on the second Thursday of October, to focus global attention on blindness and vision impairment. World Sight Day 2020 is on 8 October 2020.

It is a great time to engage with a wider audience – a patient’s family, those who seldom get an eye exam, people with diabetes – and showcase why eye health needs everybody’s attention. To know more about the World Sight Day, please click on the below button.

The photo contest is open for all


The Photo Contest is open to all: Amateur and Professional Photographers.


adjective pro·fes·sion·al \prə-ˈfesh-nəl, -ˈfe-shə-nəl\: relating to a job that requires special education, training, or skill : done or given by a person who works in a particular profession : paid to participate in a sport or activity


noun am·a·teur \ˈa-mə-(ˌ)tər, -ˌtu̇r, -ˌtyu̇r, -ˌchu̇r, -chər\: a person who does something (such as a sport or hobby) for pleasure and not as a job.

Please note: “Professional” applies to the quality of the photo and the equipment used (not the setting or qualification of a photographer).


Every week, we will pick “Editor’s picks” and showcase them on IAPB’s social media accounts, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


The Professional winner will get USD 1000


The Amateur winner will get a CANON 1200D DSLR CAMERA 

Important Dates

World Sight Day, Hope in Sight 2020 Photo competition

The competition will be open till 8 October 2020 – World Sight Day, after which we will pick two winners and 5 runners-up

World Sight Day 2020 (WSD) Hope in Sight Winners

Winners will be announced on 15 October 2020 and contacted by mail following the official announcement.

Terms and Conditions

IAPB reserves the right to change the terms of the competition.
  • By submitting an entry to the Competition, you grant IAPB:
  • Permission for your entry to be published on IAPB websites including but not limited to and IAPB social media sites and you grant IAPB a non-exclusive, irrevocable, royalty-free, worldwide, perpetual licence under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License to use, republish, edit and/or modify your Competition entry in any/all media for purposes connected with the Competition and as described in these Terms and Conditions (including as described under ‘Prizes’ section above);
  • The right to use your name and country of residence for the sole purpose of identifying you as the author of your entry and/or as a winner of the Competition
  • * Prizes will be given to one person only, and not to organisations or groups of people
  • Submissions must be made by respondents over the age of 18 (Eighteen). Those under 18, must have the permission of their parent/guardian. The Professional prize is not open to respondents under 18
  • By submitting an entry to the Competition you confirm that you own the copyright to your
 Competition entry as its author
  • Your entry must be your own work, must not be copied, must not contain any third-party materials and/or content that you do not have permission to use, must not include any trademarks, and must not show inappropriate or dangerous behaviour, or otherwise be obscene, defamatory, distasteful, offensive, or in breach of any applicable law or regulation, or in breach of any confidentiality obligations owed by you to third parties.
  • If IAPB has reason to believe your entry is not your own work or otherwise breaches these Terms and Conditions, then IAPB may not consider it and may disqualify it.
  • Entrants also confirm that each individual whose image is featured in the Competition entry has given consent for the use of his/her image in connection with this Competition and in accordance with these Terms and Conditions. Where an individual whose image is featured in a Competition entry is aged less than 18 years the entrant confirms that the parent or guardian of that individual has given the relevant consent.

Submit Entry

Please fill the form below to submit your entry. Before submitting, do read the terms & conditions. In case you have trouble uploading, write to us ([email protected])
Select your Category
(Choose Your Category Type)
“Professional” applies to the quality of the photo and the equipment used (not the setting or qualification of a photographer).
Do you work for an IAPB Member organisation? YesNo
If Yes, Pick the member from the list
If No, Please enter your organisation
Upload your Photo
(Note: Supported fileformats are “.JPG”, “.JPEG” or “.PNG” with below 100MB in size)
Does this photo describe or showcase Eye Health’s response to COVID-19? YesNo
Photo Title
Photo Description
All fields are mandatory  


COVID 19 - IAPB Hope in Sight Photo Competition

The COVID-19 pandemic has upended our lives. It has placed a tremendous burden on the existing health-care system and health-care providers. The eye health sector has had to reduce services, limiting them to urgent cases. Several staff have been reassigned to lend support to their country’s COVID efforts.

Do your photos capture COVID-19’s impact? Let us know. If you are submitting a COVID-19 photo, select the choice in the submission form to tell us it’s a COVID-19 photo. We will showcase your photo in a special album and we will celebrate the best entries. Let us showcase hope in sight.

About The Competition

About the IAPB Hope In Sight Photo Competition on World Sight Day
As they say, a picture is worth a thousand words. This competition can be a great opportunity to highlight eye health successes and also document unmet need.

The International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) is an alliance of civil society organisations, corporates and professional bodies promoting eye health through advocacy, knowledge and partnerships. Together, we can work towards building support for blindness prevention and to ensure universal eye health. We run the photo competition to mark World Sight Day, an annual day of awareness to mark avoidable blindness and vision impairment.

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Image Credits:

Cover Photo: A pupil has her sight tested during a Orbis supported school screening in Birtamode, Nepal. Submitted by Louis Leeson for #VisionFirst! Photo Competition
Important Dates background image: We should learn from these children, their sister is sick, but they are closer than before. Submitted by Soumyabrata Roy for #VisionFirst! Photo Competition
COVID19: IAPB Member VisionSpring – In response to a new global challenge, on the day after Good Friday, eight VisionSpring India team members formed a convoy to deliver food kits to 100 of Delhi’s most vulnerable families.
About the competition: Beautiful smiles abound at the first of 18 schools to receive vision screening in 5 days across the remote islands of Chuuk State, Federated States of Micronesia. Submitted by Dr. Sophia Fang for #VisionFirst! Photo Competition