There isn’t a photographer, professional or enthusiast, who doesn’t appreciate the value of having good eyesight. Many of us cope with wearing glasses or contact lenses, but all of us know that without a clear and detailed view of the world we would never be able to spot the potential of a wonderful landscape scene, let alone take a meaningful picture of it.

It is seeing and noticing that makes us switch our camera on in the first place, and without the precious gift of healthy eyes it would be very difficult indeed to carry on even using a camera, let alone actually taking pictures with it. If you’ve ever taken a picture with a dirty, thick fingerprint on the middle of your front element, you might be ble to begin to understand what the world looks like for people suffering from Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD).

What is AMD?

AMD affects the macula – the part of the eye that allows a person to see fine detail – gradually destroying the sharp, central vision. This central area is needed for seeing objects clearly and for common daily tasks such as reading and driving.[1]

AMD awareness week

To raise the profile of AMD Awareness Week (22-30 September 2012), Bausch + Lomb has teamed up with the Macular Disease Society and Amateur Photographer to launch a photography competition called The Joy of Sight.

The organisers are looking for pictures that encapsulate what having good sight means and the joy that it brings. And when you load your pictures to the website, you’ll get the chance to see how your view would look to an AMD sufferer.

How to enter

To enter this competition, simply upload your images to

Remember, to be in with a chance the picture needs to be a celebration of vision and the joy that being able to see well brings.

The prize is a Nikon D3100 kit supplied by

The closing date is Friday 7 December 2012.

Win a Nikon D3100 and help to prevent sight-loss with Bausch + Lomb

[1] National Eye Institute: (Last accessed June 2011)

Important websites:

Terms & Conditions can be found on the Joy of Sight website at