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2017 American Academy of Optometry Ocular Photography Contest

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doi: 10.1097/OPX.0000000000001153

Each year, the Academy invites submissions for the annual ocular photography contest. Optometry and Vision Science is pleased to publish the winning clinical images and recognize the contestants.

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. Congratulations!

Grand Prize: Anterior Segment

Scleromalacia in Granulomatosis with Polyangiitis

Captured with: Haag-Streit BX-900 Photo Slit Lamp with a Canon 50D DSLR

Severe scleral thinning with ectasia and uveal show in a 37-year-old female with a longstanding history of severe, relapsing granulomatosis with polyangiitis (Wegener’s granulomatosis). Image was taken during a quiescent phase of disease. The patient is managed systemically on azathioprine, rituximab infusions, and oral prednisone.

Alison Bozung, OD
Alison Bozung, OD:
Jody Troyer, CRA Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences University of Iowa Iowa City, IAHigh-resolution images are available at and

Grand Prize: Posterior Segment

Acute Retinal Necrosis

Captured with: Zeiss FF-450 fundus camera

A 26-year-old female patient of Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma (NHL) under chemotherapy for 5 months presented with sudden onset diminution of vision in both eyes for 5 days and she had chicken pox 2 months ago. Fundus images of the both eye showed multiple purtscher’s fleckens seen in the posterior pole associated with patches of cream yellow peripheral retinal lesions with minimal vitritis.

Krushna Gopal Panda, BOptom
Krushna Gopal Panda, BOptom:
L V Prasad Eye Institute Chennai, IndiaHigh-resolution images are available at and

Honorable Mention: Posterior Segment

Wyburn-Mason Syndrome

Captured with: Zeiss Visucam NM/FA

Arteriovenous malformation of the optic nerve and retina in an asymptomatic 72-year-old Hispanic female. Best-corrected acuity in the pseudophakic right eye was 20/40 and 20/20 in the left eye. The patient had additional AV malformations of the brain, hypertension, and history of cardiovascular disease.

Stefania M. Paniccia, OD, MS, FAAO
Stefania M. Paniccia, OD, MS, FAAO:
Instituto de Ojos Carolina, Puerto RicoHigh-resolution images are available at and

Honorable Mention: Posterior Segment

Diabetic Pre-retinal Hemorrhages Captured with: EIDON AF True Color Confocal Scanner by Centervue

71-year-old patient with type 2 diabetes for over 10 years, currently on insulin with last HgbA1c of 6.5%. History of proliferative diabetic retinopathy in past with pan-retinal photocoagulation, lost to follow-up with last exam 2 years previous. Presents with no complaints, and best-corrected of 20/30 in both eyes.

Steven Ferrucci, OD, FAAO
Steven Ferrucci, OD, FAAO:
Sepulveda VA and Southern California College of Optometry at Marshall B. Ketchum University Fullerton, CAA high-resolution image is available at

Honorable Mention: Posterior Segment

Doyne’s Honeycomb Retinal Dystrophy

Captured with: Carl Zeiss Meditech Visucam Pro Non-Mydriatic Fundus Camera


Captured A Caucasian Female in her late 60’s reported seeing several eye doctors over the years and being told that she had retinal changes but was not been given a specific diagnosis for those changes. Images show the clinical retinal presentation of Doyne’s Honeycomb retinal dystrophy.

Brad Sutton, OD, FAAO
Brad Sutton, OD, FAAO:
Indiana University School of Optometry/Indianapolis Eye Care CenterHigh-resolution images are available at and

Honorable Mention: Posterior Segment

Epiretinal Membrane

Captured with: Eidon Fundus camera

Epiretinal membrane found on routine examination only mildly affecting vision.

Michael Lacina, OD
Michael Lacina, OD:
Clear Vision Family Eyecare Mars, PAA high-resolution image is available at

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