Time to See shows Commonwealth Heads of Government the impact of avoidable blindness


As Commonwealth Heads of Government convene in Malta this weekend they will be presented with images from landmark photography exhibition, Time to See.

The exhibition, which was privately viewed by Her Majesty The Queen and His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales at a preview at St James’s Palace, aims to bring to the attention of the Commonwealth and the world the impact of avoidable blindness, and the solutions readily available to end it. There are 98 million people in the Commonwealth today who are blind or have low vision, yet four out of five needn’t be. There are straightforward, known solutions to prevent avoidable blindness that can make an incalculable difference to the lives of millions of individuals and families who are unnecessarily affected.

Five multi-award winning photojournalists, Ashley Gilbertson, Poulomi Basu, Sam Faulkner, Andrew Quilty and Adam Ferguson, visited seven countries across the Commonwealth – Australia, Fiji, India, Kenya, Nigeria, Pakistan and Uganda – to document the impact completely avoidable forms of blindness are having on people and communities.

Time to See highlights work that The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust and Standard Chartered are supporting to prevent avoidable blindness.

Dr Astrid Bonfield CBE, Chief Executive of The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee said,

“To be able to present these impactful images to Commonwealth Heads of Government and their delegations is an incredible opportunity. Time to See demonstrates the unparalleled work that our partners are delivering across the Commonwealth to save the sight of millions. Bringing the exhibition to CHOGM will help raise the awareness of the largely unknown reality that with today’s knowledge 80% of blindness is avoidable, and that the solutions are simple and affordable. We hope that these striking images, taken by of some of the Commonwealth’s leading photographers, will harness the awareness and further support of others to help us achieve the ultimate goal of ending avoidable blindness across the Commonwealth.”

The exhibition will tour the Commonwealth throughout 2016.

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