Graduate optometrist Perry Yeow, from Specsavers Warnbro Centre in Western Australia, has been named the global winner of the Specsavers Global Clinical Photography competition.

The annual contest, which has been running for eight years, showcases the best fundus and anterior images captured by staff in Specsavers stores across the world.

The judges unanimously singled out Perry’s image of choroideremia for its sharp details, good control of lighting and focus, and vivid colours.

As Specsavers Clinical Photographer of the Year, Perry has won a Pentax digital camera, as well as entry and one night’s accommodation to attend the 6th Specsavers Clinical Conference taking place in Melbourne from 2-3 September 2017.

Three regional competition winners were also presented with Pentax digital cameras in recognition of their excellent clinical photography skills:

  • ANZ winner: ‘Central retinal vein occlusion’ by Kam Kabiri – Specsavers Cheltenham East, Australia
  • UK/ROI winner: ‘Optic disc with double helix looping blood vessel’ by Steve Morris – Specsavers Wickford, UK
  • Nordics winner: ‘Macular pucker’ by Heli Meriläinen – Specsavers Optikko Oulu Keskusta, Finland

ANZ winner Kam Kabiri

The competition attracted more than 190 high-calibre entries, including almost 80 from the ANZ region.

Optometry Development Manager Dr Ben Ashby, the judge representing the ANZ region, agreed with his UK counterpart Simon Williams that the judges continued to be impressed year on year with the range of interesting conditions and pathology captured, and the quality of the images.

“As professionals, the use of fundus photography really enhances our ability to capture, monitor and diagnose conditions, allowing the best possible outcomes for our patients – this competition celebrates that professional expertise amongst our colleagues worldwide.”

The competition judging panel comprised Dr Ben Ashby; Simon Williams, Director of Clinical Services UK; Trine Johnsen, Head of Professional Advancement Northern Europe; and Rakesh Kapoor, ophthalmic partner at Specsavers Wembley and Edgware, UK.

2016 Global Clinical Photography competition winners