2017 American Academy of Optometry Ocular Photography Contest
April Lewis, OD, FAAO, of Punzal Vision in Lihue, Hawaii and Melanie Gonzalez-Oliva, OD, FAAO of the South Texas Veterans Healthcare System, San Antonio, Texas, organized this year’s contest. April reports that the 2017 Annual Academy Ocular Photography Contest received 153 submissions from 96 different contestants—up 50% from last year’s submissions. As in previous years, submissions were judged in two separate categories: anterior segment photos (77 submissions) and poster segment photos (76 submissions). One grand prize winner was awarded in each category, followed by runners-up and honorable mentions from the remaining submissions.
Submissions were graded on seven different criteria, with a numerical score (1–10) assigned for each criterion: focus, exposure, field of view, difficulty of capturing image, absence of distracting elements, lighting, and visual impact (wow! factor). We recognize and thank our distinguished panel of reviewers for their time and expertise: Anthony DeWilde, Amy Huddleston, Amanda Jimenez-Myers, Albert Nemiroff, Devina Patel, Glenn Saxon, Mollie C. Saxon, Melissa Turner, Karen Wadhams, Janis Winters, and Bryan Wolynski. After scoring the images, reviewers selected the winners with highest average total score. We are pleased to share these clinical images with you and recognize the creativity and talent of the photographers.