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2022 World KC Day Photo Contest Winners

On the behalf of National Keratoconus Foundation (NKCF), Keratoconus Australia, and UK-based Keratoconus group, we would like to thank you to everyone who participated in the “KC: Through My Eyes” 2022 World KC Day Photo Contest.

Here are our winners!

First-Place Overall & First-Place (Senior): Diana Ward (Auckland, NZ)

Still Life

“KC requires constant management. For me, it involves having a cupboard full of paraphernalia to ensure I have the best possible vision and maintain my eye health. Not all are pictured.”





Second-Place (Senior): Carl Domke (Texas, USA)

Morning Challenge

“Every morning as a KC patient, I start out with my uncorrected vision, trying to find my pesky little contact lenses, along with their solutions, to insert in my eye. Not always as easy as it appears.”



First-Place (Adult): Heriberto Rangel (Mexico City, MX)

KC Breakfast

“Follows the same theme of the apple with keratoconus and the blurring caused for the KC in the left part of the photo.”







Second-Place (Adult): Bob Murawski (California, USA)

“This is how I feel when I look at my topography charts.”






Honorable Mention (Adult): Mandi Holmes (Michigan, USA)

“If not wearing contact lenses looking at a distance becomes blurry/double, making it hard to figure out what I am seeing. Photo taken at a pond near my home.”






Honorable Mention (Adult): Helen Kelly (Maidstone Kent, ENG)

“Just trying to read. Wearing left scleral lens with +2 reader (empty frame), post op right crosslinking with old glasses plus torch (flashlight). Not letting the barriers get in the way of my studies.”







First-Place (Eye Care Professional): Katie Frame, OD (Christchurch, NZ)

Bullseye – life through a cracked windscreen

“I feel the image speaks for itself, making a visual impact with regard to the seriousness and ongoing management of such a debilitating disease yet embraces both artistry and humour…”





Second-Place (Eye Care Professional): Catherine Cruz (Auckland, NZ)

The ‘bling’ of an eye.

“Patient has poor vision because of her moderate/advanced KC. Steep corneas. Kera-rings has helped patient to see better.”




First-Place (Youth): Cristian (TX, USA)

“I am 16 years old. I have Down syndrome, autism and deafblind. It’s been 3 years since my diagnosis with KC but I’ve had a lifetime to prepare to the adaptation. We never knew it was slowing taking away my vision but KC hasn’t taken away my ability to succeed.”