80% of blindness is avoidable. We know what we have to do to end it.


About Time To See

In the Commonwealth today there are 98 million people who are blind or have low vision, yet there are straightforward, known solutions that can make an incalculable difference to the lives of millions of individuals and families who are unnecessarily affected.
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Major international exhibition in Sydney to highlight avoidable blindness

An exhibition featuring the work of five award-winning photojournalists will highlight the issue of avoidable blindness as part of an international meeting on the blinding eye disease trachoma. The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust’s “Time to See” exhibition was officially launched last November at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Malta and has been viewed by Her Majesty The Queen and His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales, as well as Heads of Commonwealth Governments. It has now arrived in Sydney and is on display in conjunction with the annual meeting of GET2020 (Global Elimination of Trachoma by 2020). Global experts attending the conference will be tackling the issue of trachoma head on with less than four years to reach the elimination target. The exhibition will be launched by The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust Australian Representative and Executive Chairman The Hon Major General Michael Jeffery AC, AO (Mil), CVO, MC (Retd). Major General Jeffery said, "All of us involved in celebrating Her Majesty The Queen's outstanding 60 years tenure as Head of the Commonwealth, by expediting the elimination of preventable blindness world-wide, through the auspices of The Queen…

Time To See Team

Anna Seassau
Cheryl Newman
Poulomi Basu
Sam Faulkner
Adam Ferguson
Ashley Gilbertson
Andrew Quilty

Programme Donors

The Department for International Development, UK
The Government of Australia
The Government of Botswana
The Government of Brunei Darussalam
The Government of Canada
The Government of Guyana
The Governement of Jamaica
The Government of Malaysia
The Government of Namibia
The Government of Nigeria
The Government of New Zealand
The Government of Singapore
The Government of South Africa
The Government of Zambia
The Headley Trust
The END Fund
Conrad N Hilton Foundation
The Eranda Foundation
Lions Clubs International Foundation
Pears Foundation
The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust Australia
The RIND Foundation
The Leona M and Harry B Helmsley Charitable Trust
The Rothschilds Foundation
Fred Hollows Foundation
The Royal Parks
The Royal Collection Trust
Triumph Motorcycles
Ahmadiyya Muslim Community

Programme Partners

Public Health Foundation of India
Indian Ministry of Health
London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
L V Prasad Eye Institute
Fernandez Hospital, Hyderabad
International Coalition for Trachoma Control
Kenyan Ministry of Health
Sightsavers Kenya
Fred Hollows Foundation
Operation Eyesight Universal
CBM
AMREF
Fred Hollows Foundation New Zealand
Pacific Eye Institute
Fijian Ministry of Health
Australian Ministry of Health
National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation
Indigenous Eye Health Unit- University of Melbourne
Vision 2020 Australia
Ugandan Ministry of Health
Brien Holden Vision Institute
Nkumba Primary School, Uganda
Bukasa Mixed Primary School, Uganda
Mulago National Referral Hospital, Kampala
Wakiso District Eye Centre, Kampala
Akef Maghraby Eye Clinic, Eruwa
Nigerian Ministry of Health
St. Mary’s Catholic Eye Hospital, Ag-Iwoye
St. Lucy-Imole Eye Clinic, Ilora
Eleta Eye Institute, Ibadan
Pakistan Ministry of Health
Sightsavers Pakistan
Mayo Hospital, Lahore
Lady Health Workers of Lahore
The International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness

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Australia

Adam Ferguson


photographer

Adam Ferguson is an independent photojournalist based in Sydney, Australia. His work has been published in magazines including TIME Magazine, National Geographic Magazine, Wired, Vanity Fair, The New York Times, Rolling Stone, ESPN Magazine, The Financial Times Magazine, Stern and Bloomberg Businessweek. In 2015 Adam won the Magazine Category of the Photo District News Photo Annual (The Dogs of War, for National Geographic Magazine) and the Personal Category (for Outposts). He has won several Picture of The Year International awards and a World Press Photo Award.

Fiji

Adam Ferguson


photographer

Adam Ferguson is an independent photojournalist based in Sydney, Australia. His work has been published in magazines including TIME Magazine, National Geographic Magazine, Wired, Vanity Fair, The New York Times, Rolling Stone, ESPN Magazine, The Financial Times Magazine, Stern and Bloomberg Businessweek. In 2015 Adam won the Magazine Category of the Photo District News Photo Annual (The Dogs of War, for National Geographic Magazine) and the Personal Category (for Outposts). He has won several Picture of The Year International awards and a World Press Photo Award.

India

Poulomi Basu


photographer

Poulomi Basu is a photographer based in New Delhi, India. Poulomi’s work has appeared in The Guardian, The New York Times, International New York Times and the Financial Times Weekend Magazine. She has undertaken assignments for UNESCO, Save the Children, Water Aid and Crisis Action. In 2012 Poulomi was awarded the Magnum Foundation Human Rights Fellowship at New York University and has been recognised by a range of organisations for her personal work To Conquer Her Land and A Quiet Revolution including Magenta Flash Forward Award, Foto Visura Award, Reporters Without Borders, Dali Photo Festival, Asian Women Photographers Showcase, Foto8.

Kenya

Ashley Gilbertson


photographer

Ashley Gilbertson is a photographer with the VII photo agency, and a principal at Shell Shock Pictures. Ashley's photographs from Iraq, where he worked from 2002 until 2008, gained him recognition from the Overseas Press Club who awarded him the prestigious Robert Capa Gold Medal. Gilbertson has been examining veterans issues including Post Traumatic Stress and suicide for TIME Magazine, The Virginia Quarterly Review, and The Times. Ashley’s work has been published in various publications including The New York Times Magazine, Vanity Fair, New York Magazine, The Guardian Magazine (UK) and Le Monde Magazine. His work is in the collections of The National Gallery of Victoria, The National Library of Australia and The Museum of Contemporary Photography.

Nigeria

Sam Faulkner


photographer

After graduating in philosophy from King’s College London in 1994, Sam went to Afghanistan to work as a reportage photographer. He has worked around the world for The Telegraph Magazine, The Independent, The Sunday Times Magazine, GQ, Esquire, Vogue, Stern and Paris Match among many others. In 2001 Sam started shooting Cocaine Wars, a long term project about the collateral damage of the war on drugs in Colombia, Bolivia, Peru, Brazil, Haiti, Mexico and the USA. Sam’s most recent 5 year project, Unseen Waterloo, was exhibited at Somerset House, London in 2015.

Pakistan

Andrew Quilty


photographer

Andrew Quilty is one of Australia’s leading documentary practitioners and currently based in Kabul. His writing and photographs have been published in The New York Times, TIME Magazine, Harper’s, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, Le Monde, GEO, Bloomberg Businessweek, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Australian Magazine and others. In 2014 Andrew was awarded the highest honour in Australian photojournalism the Nikon Walkley Photographer of the Year. Andrew was named Walkley Australian Freelance Journalist of The Year in June 2015.

Uganda

Ashley Gilbertson


photographer

Ashley Gilbertson is a photographer with the VII photo agency, and a principal at Shell Shock Pictures. Ashley's photographs from Iraq, where he worked from 2002 until 2008, gained him recognition from the Overseas Press Club who awarded him the prestigious Robert Capa Gold Medal. Gilbertson has been examining veterans issues including Post Traumatic Stress and suicide for TIME Magazine, The Virginia Quarterly Review, and The Times. Ashley’s work has been published in various publications including The New York Times Magazine, Vanity Fair, New York Magazine, The Guardian Magazine (UK) and Le Monde Magazine. His work is in the collections of The National Gallery of Victoria, The National Library of Australia and The Museum of Contemporary Photography.

Where To See


Time to See will tour the Commonwealth throughout 2016. More details to follow soon.