Transitions Optical has announced the grand-prize winners and finalists of the “Live Your Vision” photo contest in the eyecare professional and consumer categories. The winning photos and captions, determined by online voting and a panel of celebrity judges, illustrate how healthy eyesight has impacted the lives of the winners and allowed them to realize their dreams.
Leonard Bertoli, OD, Melrose, Mass., the grand-prize winner in the eye care professional category, was rewarded with a $10,000 prize. Bertoli’s photo, which showed a sunset through a pair of eyeglasses, creatively reinforced how he lives his vision by providing his patients with the best eye care. Other finalists in the eye care professional category were: Beverly Smith-Jue, Danville, Calif.; Tina Mazza, Tinton Falls, N.J.; and Jennifer Braun, Manorville, N.Y. These finalists each received a $1,000 prize.
“I’ve dedicated my career to helping people make the most of their vision. When I came up with the idea for the photo, my goal was to show the patient’s perspective—to convey the idea that what I do will change the way all my patients see the world,” says Bertoli.
The two grand-prize winners also had the opportunity to designate a charity of their choice to receive an additional $10,000 donation from Transitions Optical. Bertoli selected Helen Keller International, devoted to fighting and treating preventable blindness and malnutrition around the world.
Sharon Tudor, Mays Landing, N.J., the grand-prize winner in the consumer category, demonstrated her vision of building schools, medical clinics and water wells in Tanzania and Uganda through Tower of Hope International Ministries. To further the vision shown in her winning entry, Tudor selected Tower of Hope International Ministries for her charity of choice.
The celebrity judging panel included National Geographic photographer Steve Winter, sports broadcaster Lesley Visser and Healthy Sight Ambassador Sheila Johnson, who selected the grand prize winners and finalists based on each photo’s demonstration of how the entrant “lives their vision” rather than on the basis of photo quality alone. Additional winning photos can be viewed at Transitions.com/LiveYourVision.