World Sight Day 2019

It’s time!

The World Sight Day photo competition is live. Help mark #WSD19 and draw attention to avoidable blindness and vision impairment.

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2019 Theme

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Slit lamp examination, Monrovia, Liberia  submitted by  Terry Cooper  for  #StrongerTogether  Photo Competition

Slit lamp examination, Monrovia, Liberia submitted by Terry Cooper for #StrongerTogether Photo Competition

We know now that 1.2 billion people don’t have access to glasses. Over 3 out of 4–more than 75%–of the world’s vision impaired are avoidably so. The photo competition is a great tool to draw a spotlight on eye care issues across the globe and those who are vulnerable to sight conditions—young children, persons with diabetes, older people, people with limited access to health services etc. With the theme, “#VisionFirst!”, IAPB encourages you to share images that highlight the impact, and strength of our partnerships and most importantly highlight the importance of vision everywhere in the world.

World Sight Day (10 October 2019) is an international day of awareness about avoidable blindness and its prevention and is an important advocacy and communications opportunity for the eye health community. It is a great time to engage with a wider audience – a patient’s family, those who seldom get an eye exam, diabetics – and showcase why eye health needs everybody’s attention.



It is free of cost and open for all,
as long as you own the copyright to your competition entry as it’s author. You can be a amateur or professional photographer, you all are welcome to entry this competition. Submission are invited in two categories. You decide which category for each submission

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



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.



Every week, we will pick “Editor’s picks” and showcase them on IAPB’s social media accounts, Facebook and Twitter. Finally, winners will be selected from these Editor’s picks after World Sight Day (the last day of the competition).The Amateur prize will be a professional camera: Canon 1200 D DSLR camera. The professional prize this year will be a cash prize of USD 1000.



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Important Dates

The competition will be open till 10 October 2019 – World Sight Day, after which we will pick two winners and 5 runners-up.
Winners will be announced on 14 October 2019 and contacted by mail following the announcement. 

Also, The IAPB Council of Members 2019 delegates will be asked to vote for their favourite picture from a shortlist of Editor’s picks.
The winning picture will receive a certificate.

#VisionFirst Photo submission

  • "Professional" applies to the quality of the photo and the equipment used (not the setting or qualification of a photographer).

Did you go through our Terms and Conditions before submitting your photo entry ?


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’ paragraph 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 trade marks, 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.
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    5 years


    It has been an incredible journey. When the photo competition first began in 2015, we never knew how big this would become. Today, with submissions from around the world, the eye care sector have repository of 4000 photos, all generously shared under a Creative Commons licence.

    This is an incredible resource and we are grateful for each contribution. Each photo is a step towards advocating for a world in which each of us has access to better eye health services.

    Thank you.


    About the competition

    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 World Health Organization’s Global Action Plan (GAP) aims to ensure “universal eye health” coverage, especially to those who are vulnerable and most in need. While there is a lot more to be done, the eye health sector has been working to ensure that good quality eye care reaches the most under-served populations.

    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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