IF A picture tells a thousand words, Julie Craigie’s photo of a handful of sweets tells a lot more.
Her photo took second place in the mEYE World Photographic Competition, which is an initiative of the Macular Degeneration Foundation.
It was the first time the mother-of-four from Oxley Vale had entered a photographic competition.
Julie is doing her Certificate IV in photographic imagery and plans to become a professional photographer when she finishes at the end of the year.
“It made me feel really good, like I was helping, and it was also good to get the recognition. It made me feel like it is all worthwhile.” Julie said
Thursday is World Vision Day and to raise awareness, more than 560 Australians submitted a photograph in the competition that was meant to show their appreciation of vision, as well as a short blurb supporting their entry.
“Without my sight, I would not be able to see all the beauty the world has to offer. It is about seeing things, not just looking,” Julie said as part of her entry.
Macular Degeneration Foundation chief Julie Heraghty said the judges, who included patron Ita Buttrose and Mivision editor Mark Cushaway, had a very difficult job because of the quality and variety of entries.
“The entries received were truly inspiring and told wonderful stories about the world we see. This was an exciting project,” Ms Heraghty said.
The competition was organised to raise awareness of the symptoms of macular degeneration.