Above: The winning photograph of the 2015 Photographic competition was taken by Wolfgang Sickenberger titled  ‘Piggy Back Lens with air bubbles and mucus between soft and rigid CL in high magnification’. Slit lamp technique - retroillumination with offset beam.'

BCLA Diane Gould Photography Competition 2017

We are pleased to announce the launch of the BCLA Diane Gould Photography Competition for 2017. A keen supporter of the BCLA, Diane sadly passed away in June 2013.  Diane attended 20 BCLA Conferences during her career, and the Annual BCLA Photographic Award is named in her honour.

Entries have now closed for the Photographic Competition. The closing date for entries was Friday 5 May 2017.  All entries received will be entered into the competition and the winner plus runners up announced at the BCLA Clinical Conference on Sunday 11 June during the lunch break at 2.00pm.

The winner will receive a commemorative plaque plus a £150 Amazon voucher.
2nd and 3rd places will each receive a £50 Amazon voucher.

More about Diane Gould
Her husband David wanted to commemorate her memory by supporting this competition, he writes:

'Diane Gould was a contact lens practitioner of note, although she never thought of herself that way.

Diane fitted her first contact lens in Derby in 1985 and moved to Manchester based George Davis in 1987, where she soon became Manager of their prestigious Market Street, Manchester practice. Not long after the Dollond & Aitchison takeover, Chairman, Sir Clive Stone, came to visit the practice to find out how it could be  possible for one store to do so much contact lens business.

After the birth of her children, Diane held a couple of part time positions before moving to Yates & Suddell in Bury, where she helped build the contact lens business dramatically with an eclectic mix of lenses fitted to hospital and private clients.

In 2003 she became a Director of David Gould Opticians in Rossendale with her husband, David. Health problems prevented her from doing as much clinical work in practice, but she looked after her loyal following of clients for as long as she could. Even after she was unable to see clients personally, she continued to take an active interest and offer valuable input using the practice's image capture facilities.