DONATE

Photo of sight-saving surgery is nominated for UK prize

June 2019
A surgeon operates, using only the light of a window, on a patient to save their sight from trachoma.
The image was captured by photographer Adriane Ohanesian.

A photograph of Sightsavers-supported eye surgery in a remote region of South Sudan has been nominated for a leading UK photography prize.

Adriane Ohanesian’s image of a trachoma surgeon operating on a teenager in a makeshift clinic has been put forward for the Wellcome Photography Prize 2019 in the ‘Medicine in Focus’ category.

Adriane took the photo while accompanying a Sightsavers team to Nasir County in South Sudan’s Upper Nile state. The team was there to perform surgery for a range of eye conditions, including cataracts and trachoma. The latter is one of the most common causes of blindness in Nasir.

Anthony Wani, director of Sightsavers’ South Sudan country office, said: “It is wonderful to hear of this nomination. We hope it will help to raise awareness of the eye health issues affecting many people in South Sudan, both in Nasir and beyond, and the lengths people go to so that those affected can reclaim their sight.”

The winner of the Wellcome Prize will be announced on 3 July, and the winning and shortlisted entries will be on show at the Lethaby Gallery in London on 4-13 July.

A wide shot of the rural landscape in Nasir, South Sudan. The fields are very wet and the grass is a lush green.

Saving sight in remote South Sudan

People in remote parts of the country often travel for days to seek medical treatment, which is why the work of Sightsavers’ outreach teams is so vital.

Read the story

Read all our latest news stories

News from Sightsavers
A young girl has her eyes checked by an eye specialist.
sightsavers_news

Spectrum Markets gives the gift of sight in Nigeria

The investment marketplace has teamed up with Sightsavers to support a childhood blindness project in Kaduna, Sokoto and Zamfara states in Nigeria.

April 2021
sightsavers_news

Musical mobile game raises funds to save sight

Fledgling games publisher HAVE has created a game called Piano Music Tiles Brain Trainer, with proceeds donated to Sightsavers.

March 2021
Three bracelets are stacked on top of each other. The design says 'love' in braille.
sightsavers_news

Braille bracelets help to raise money for Sightsavers

British independent jewellery brand Liv Thurlwell will make a donation to Sightsavers for every bracelet sold from its new Valentine's range.

February 2021

Learn about our work to save sight