Image of the It's Your Story Competition Logo. The background is white and features blue silhouettes of a girl, a bird, a butterfly and stars walking on an undulated surface. Below them the logo reads It's your story competition. Below them are logos for Through Scarlett's Eyes and Access2books.

It’s Your Story Competition

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A few weeks ago we wrote telling you about the It’s Your Story Competition on our Facebook Page. Now, all the details have been finalised. Check them out on the link above.

It is time for you budding creative writers who are readers and contributors to Through Scarlett’s Eyes website to whip out your pens and tap away on your keyboards and let your imaginations run wild. Do what you do best – tell stories.

Write an accessible children’s picture storybook.

Parents and guardians you are welcome to help your child or children to write their story. As long as the story is:

  1. funny
  2. up to about 400 words
  3. includes your child in the story
  4. supply a front cover design: it should illustrate the main characters and the story line.

That’s simple, right? Then get writing!

There are three main categories. These are:

  1. 0 – 6 years
  2. 7- 12 years and
  3. 12 – 17 years.

Each category has prizes donated by either VICTA or John Lewis [Milton Keynes] and Access2books. You can  check out the specifics on the It’s Your Story Competition page.

An overall winner will be selected from the three pools and they will receive a copy of their story book published by Access2books.

The book will be in dual format; i.e., in giant print, and Braille with accessible illustrations.

A copy of the book will be sent over to the British Library in London as per custom. Everyone will be able to access their publication.

Four judges will be doing the judging. They are:

  1. Sue Hendra: an award winning children’s author and illustrator of books like Norman the Slug With The Silly Shell, Supertato, and many others.

    Image of Sue Hendra at the Imagine Children's Festival. She is pictured holding up a copy of Norman the Silly Shell With the Silly Shell in giant print and Braille.

    Sue Hendra, author and illustrator of books like Supertato, pictured at the Imagine Children’s Festival earlier this year. She is holding up a copy of one of her books Norman the Slug With the Silly Shell which she saw for the first time in Giant Print and Braille.

  2. Charlotte Mellor: an employee of VICTA and a representative of Through Scarlett’s Eyes.
  3. Tim O’Sullivan: the BAFTA Award winning Creative Director at Karrot animation will be on the panel. He is Series Director and Script Editor of CBeebies Sarah and Duck.
  4. Eileen Finch: she is a cofounder of Access2books and also a Director. She has published over 60 plus book titles in accessible format. 
    Picture of Eileen Finch, Sue Hendra and Mike O'Sullivan chatting at the Imagine Festival at the Southbank Centre with the London skyline behind them.

    Sue Hendra chatting to Eileen Finch and Mike O’Sullivan [founders of Access2books] at thye Imagine Festival at the Southbank Centre in London.

 The competition is now open to readers and contributors to Through Scarlett’s Eyes website. It will be closing on the 8th of January 2016.
The winners will be announced on the 31st of January 2016.
Check out the It’s Your Story Competition link for more details and how you can send in your entries. Good luck writers!
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IAPB #EyeCareForAll Photography Competition

Competitions, Eye Health

Have you heard about the #EyeCareForAll Photography Competition? The IAPB [International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness] is inviting amateur and professional photographers to photograph or document the impact of eye health in people’s lives.

Image of a small blonde boy sitting in a white plastic chair, holding a telescopic magnifier to his left eye while taking down notes on a notepad on his knees using the pen in his right hand. He is wearing a yellow and blue checked shirt and light brown - chocolate like trousers.

Image source: IAPB #eyecareforall photo competition entries. Image by VENKAT RAVINDRA – AMATEUR CHILDREN EYE-SCREENING PRIMARY-CARE.

There are three prizes to be won: one for professionals, another for amateurs and another for juniors.

The professional prize will be a once in a lifetime opportunity to visit a project held by the IAPB.

A lucky amateur stands the opportunity to win a Nikon D3300 camera. This is a DSLR and a great entry level camera into the world of photography for the lucky winner.

It has many cool features which are just too many too list here but you can check out more information on the link above or the video below to find out more about this fabulous prize.

The prize for juniors is supposedly special and yet to be announced in the coming weeks. Keep your eyes and ears peeled open to find out what the grand prize will be.

The two winners and five runners-up will be announced on the 14th of October 2015 at the IAPB Council of Members meetings in China.

All the pictures entered by competitors have to submitted and uploaded on the IAPB’s social pages and subjected to public voting.

A panel of judges will draw up a short-list of images based on the public votes.

If you are struggling to understand anything, you can check out the IAPB’s website or view some entries on this link to get an idea about what other entrants are doing.

Below is an example submitted by one entrée for the competition.

Image of picture of a team of four surgeonss in an operating theatre operating on patients' eyes. The patients are hidden under a cover of surgical green sheets.

Image Source: IAPB #eyecareforall photo competition entries. Picture by ALI MEARZA – AMATEUR EYE-CARE-PROFESSIONALS PARENTS-GRANDPARENTS WORKPLACE

Entering the competition is simple. Firstly, you need to upload a picture.

Secondly, you have to share your picture on social media from the IAPB’s social website gallery. You are required to use the tag #eyecareforall.

Thirdly, once you images appear in the gallery, you are required to invite friends, followers, family, etc. to re-share your images. The images with the highest shares and likes will be short-listed.

That sounds pretty easy and exciting. I know there are many of you keen visually impaired photographers out there who would enjoy making photos that deal with eye health and the opportunity to mix their hobby with something they are passionate about.

This is your chance to combine the two and document what you see regularly or discuss or share passionately on social media.

If there is anything unclear above, please check out the #eyecareforall Photo Competition for more details and clarity. Have fun and take this opportunity to get more exposure.

P.S. Access2books is not involved in any way with this competition. We are simply sharing something we thought you would find interesting. All the best of luck. Happy snapping and sharing.