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17 October 2011
The innovative and inspiring work of some of the University’s leading medical photographers has been recognised at a major international industry conference.
The conference of the Ophthalmic Imaging Association (OIA) brings together and awards the most inspiring and innovative work in the specialist field of medical and ophthalmic photography.
Among a long list of University medical photographers recognised were Debbie Gordon and Chris Tetley.
Debbie, a recent graduate from Cardiff University’s School of Healthcare Studies Post-graduate Certificate in Medical Illustration, picked up the award for the best case presentation in the professional exhibition.
Chris Tetley, a senior photographer in the University’s Media Resources Centre based in the University Hospital of Wales, not only received the award for the best anterior photograph of the eye but the same image was judged to be the best entry in the exhibition.
The image, showing a window of clear cornea created by a new form of corneal transplant, won Chris a travel bursary to represent the OIA at the American Ophthalmic Photographers meeting in Chicago in 2012.
The image was also recognised as "best-in-show", receiving the Platinum Award, at the Institute of Medical Illustrators (IMI) professional exhibition, held as part of their recent conference.
Professor Patricia Price, Head of the School of Healthcare studies said: "Congratulations to our winners. These awards are testimony to the quality of our current and past students and show the success of our continued investment in this specialist area of photography.
"The University’s training scheme for medical photographers was established in the late 1960s by Ralph Marshall and continues today as a unique collaboration between the University’s School of Healthcare Studies and the Media Resources Centre, which is jointly funded by the University, through its Information Services Division, and the Cardiff and Vale University Local Health Board and Welsh Government.
"The scheme prepares students for professional life through a combination of on-job training in the Media Resources Centre and educational work in the School of Healthcare Studies.
"This not only provides them with practical skills but also develops their academic ability – the success of which is illustrated by these awards."
It was not the only success for the University during the conference.
Current student Robert Ludlow also received the Wellcome Images Award for an outstandingly detailed image of a brain taken during surgery.
The University’s course Programme Leader Amy Lake received Silver and Bronze Awards for work produced with Bolette Jones, the Media Resources Centre’s Head of Photography, whilst current University student Alice Kenny also received a Silver Award.
This year’s awards continue to illustrate the success of the University’s excellence in this specialised area of photography. Of 8 Gold Awards given out this year, 3 were awarded to photographers originally trained in Cardiff.
Success at the conference was rounded off with Paul Crompton who Heads the University’s Media Resources Centre – and himself a former trainee of the Cardiff scheme.
Paul received the Informa Healthcare Award, presented annually to the author of the best original manuscript published in the Journal of Visual Communication in Medicine. He received the award for the paper: "Teledermatology, the Cardiff Experience", co-authored with consultant dermatologists Richard Motley and Andrew Morris.
The Teledermatology service was recognised earlier this summer with an NHS Wales Award for innovation.
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