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Topcon/OIA Imaging Competition 2019



SS Rotterdam
International Conference on Ophthalmic Photography 2020



How to enter

To enter, please complete the online registration form and upload the submissions in accordance with the competition rules set out below. By submitting a competition entry, the entrant agrees to be bound by these rules.

Closing date is Sunday 27th October 2019 (Midnight)

All submissions received after the closing date are automatically disqualified. 

No entries can be accepted after the closing date. Winners will be announced at the OIA Conference on Friday 15th November 2019.

A list of winners will be available for viewing at after the 2019 OIA Conference. 



Competition Rules

The competition is only open to OIA members who are full-time or part-time imagers or screeners.

Entries from non-members will be automatically disqualified.

Only one submission per category per entrant. Submissions will not be returned. All images submitted should be clearly labelled with the category for which it is to be considered. Entries used in previous years cannot be submitted again. All submissions must be electronic, formatted to no larger than A4, Tiff or Jpeg files with minimum 300 dpi. When submitting Case Studies, multiple documents should be clearly labelled and the submission zipped into a single file. Videos should be in Mpeg2, Mpeg4 or AVI format and no longer than 2 minutes. Each entrant will be judged on the quality of the image rather than the rarity of the pathology. All submissions will be judged on the degree of photographic skill necessary to obtain the image, degree of difficulty, overall quality and complexity.

There should be no patient identifying information on the image or video. It is the entrant’s responsibility to ensure they have obtained the relevant consent and permission, which includes for example, but is not limited to the patient’s consent, to use images submitted. You should follow your Trust’s local policy on the use of patient data. An explanation should be given to the patient on how the images will be used. A copy of consent and permission should be kept by the entrant on file indefinitely. The entrant grants OIA and Topcon a non-exclusive, worldwide, irrevocable licence, for the full period of any intellectual property rights in the competition entry and any accompanying materials, to use, display, publish, transmit, copy, edit, alter, store, re-format and sub-licence the competition entry and accompanying materials for such purposes.

The Prizes

The overall winner is to receive an official OIA and Topcon Certificate and Topcon will organise and pay for an expenses paid trip to the International Conference on Ophthalmic Photography in Rotterdam, 17th – 19th April 2020. This includes the pre-payment of economy class flights to and from Amsterdam, the costs of transfers to and from airports in Amsterdam, parking at a UK airport and/or mileage to and from the airport paid at £0.45 per mile, a 3 night stay at a 3, 4 or 5 star hotel (as chosen by Topcon) and attendance fees for the annual meeting. The overall winner can also claim back expenses of £15 per day for breakfast for 3 days and £25 per day for evening meals for 3 evenings. The prize does not include travel insurance, spending money or personal expenses.

The overall winner is required to give feedback on their prize experience. In a format which can include web article, photo essay, poster, presentation or report decided in discussion with the overall winner, OIA and Topcon. The overall winner is responsible for ensuring that he/she is available to travel and holds a valid passport, any necessary visas and travel documents.

5 Runners-up will receive OIA vouchers

There is no cash alternative for any prize.

Winners agree that OIA and/or Topcon may use their name, image and county of residence to announce the winners of this competition and for any reasonable and related promotional purposes.

A list of winners can be viewed at after the 2019 OIA Conference.


The Categories

Optical Coherence Tomography

A single image of the macular, disc or periphery labelled with a brief explanation of the pathology depicted. Anterior segment OCT imaging can also be submitted.


A sequence of up to 6 images can be presented or a single photographic montage of the retina, choroid or iris can also be submitted.


A single image of the macular, disc or periphery labelled with a brief explanation of the pathology depicted. Anterior segment OCT imaging can also be submitted. A single image could be considered as the analysis screen that shows multiple images.

Posterior Segment

Entries should be in colour and include vitreous, retina, disc  and choroid. Multiple images composed as a single montage are allowed.

Ophthalmic Related

Entries may include images of clinical conditions of the eye involving the outside of the eye or other appropriate anatomy, ophthalmic/imaging equipment or the clinical environment.

Anterior Segment

Entries should be in colour and include the orbit, lids, sclera, cornea, anterior chamber, or lens. 



Limitation of Liability

Neither OIA nor Topcon will:

  • accept responsibility for competition entries that are lost, mislaid, damaged or delayed in transit regardless of cause, including, for example, technical malfunction, systems, network, server, computer hardware or software failure.
  • insofar as permitted by law, in any circumstances be responsible or liable to compensate any winner or accept any liability for any loss, damage, personal injury or death occurring as a result of taking up the prize except where it is caused by OIA’s or Topcon’s negligence. The winner’s statutory rights are not affected.



Related Information

View the press release of the 2018 competition winners

View the Competition Flyer (pdf)