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50th Anniversary: Scientific Exhibit
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A Brief History of the OPS Scientific Exhibit or What Goes Up Must Come Down, But in Between, It's Spectacular!

By Alan Frohlichstein, CRA, FOPS

For the past 46 years, like fireworks on the fourth of July, the OPS Scientific Exhibit takes a great deal of planning throughout the year.  Since 1973 the exhibit has been displayed at the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) Annual Meeting, and additionally, since 2002 at the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, (ASCRS) meeting. 

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 often takes a full day commitment from the judges.

Once the judging is complete, the order is placed for the appropriate number and size of mount boards. The winning print entries are scanned and mounted on 1/2 inch foamcore, 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 42 inch 3D 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 winning images files are sent to Jennifer Manning for publication in the Journal of Ophthalmic Photography. Winning prints from the previous year are retuned to their 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.

As the OPS celebrates its 50th anniversary, the following images show the evolution of the Scientific Exhibit from the first year in 1973 to the present day.

The first OPS Scientific Exhibit produced by Johnny Justice Jr. and Lee Allen.


The second OPS Scientific Exhibit developed in 1976.


The third version of the exhibit from 1986.


The current exhibit with 42 inch stereo monitors.


This is your opportunity to submit your best work for the 2019 Scientific Exhibit.

Below is the link to the Scientific Exhibit section on the OPS web site.

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