Like fireworks on the fourth of July, the OPS Scientific Exhibit, on display in the Exhibit Halls during the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) Annual Meeting in the fall, and for the past 10 years, the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons, (ASCRS) in the spring, takes a great deal of planning throughout the year.
The submission form is reviewed and tweaked for changes to entry rules. The submission deadline, judging, mounting and shipping are all coordinated with the date of the annual meeting. Printing and mailing of the submission form to the members are handled by Barb McCalley at the central office.
Submissions are received by their respective division coordinator, opened, catalogued and categorized for judging.
Each division coordinator runs their respective judging. The panel is made up of ophthalmic photographers and ophthalmologists. The judging criteria are spelled out in the submission form. Judging is often takes a full day commitment from the judges.
Once the judging is complete, the order is place for the appropriate number and size of mount boards. The winning print entries are mounted on 1/2 inch foam core, and packed for shipping to the exhibit hall. Winning stereo entries, which may be submitted as digital files only, are prepared for stereo viewing. The programs listing the winning entries in each division are printed.
(Exhibit in a box)
Two weeks before the meeting, the exhibit structure and mounted prints are shipped to the exhibit hall. Then, one or two days before the meeting, the exhibit is set up and the prints placed for display. The stereo images are viewed on monitors on the central kiosk.
(Some assembly required)
During the opening reception of the OPS annual educational program, the exhibit winners are projected. The award recipients for the Csaba L. Martonyi Best of Show Award and the best of Division in Stereo and Print are each recognized and given their respective awards.
(The finished exhibit)
At 3:00 pm, on the last day of the meeting, the exhibit is dismantled and packed. The exhibit structure is shipped to the next meeting location. The prints and stereo images are sent to Jennifer Licata for scanning and preparation for publication in the Journal of Ophthalmic Photography. Winning prints from the previous year are retuned to the respective imagers. Members of the SEC follow up to prepare for the following year, and the cycle begins again.
These exhibits would not be possible without the image submissions from our members, as well as the efforts of volunteers, the SEC committee members, judges, and the support of the AAO and ASCRS. These exhibits are two of the most public and impressive displays of our profession and the talents of Ophthalmic Imagers.
Alan Frohlichstein is a Certified Retinal Angiographer. He has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio, and a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Photographic Communications from the Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, New York. He has worked in the field of Ophthalmology for 34 years, and is President of Retinal Angiography Services. Alan is a Fellow, past Vice President, past Treasurer, and current Board Member of the Ophthalmic Photographers’ Society. He has served as President of the O.P.S. Chicago Chapter for 30 years, and is the Treasurer of the Society of Ophthalmic Medical Assistants in Chicago. He served for 10 years as Adjunct Faculty at Triton College in River Grove, Illinois where he was the instructor of Ophthalmic Photography for the Ophthalmic Technology Program. Alan is a contributing editor to the Journal of Ophthalmic Photography, and a co-author of the Ophthalmic Photographers’ Society Scientific Exhibit displayed at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. Alan is a Fellow of S.O.M.A.C, the Vice President of the Alumni Association of the Fine Arts Research and Holographic Center in Chicago, and a member of MENSA.