This photo by Utpal Sarkar, Disha Eye Hospitals Barrackpore, Kolkata, India, showing a case of spherophakia, was awarded first place in Haag-Streit’s Slit Lamp Imaging Competition 2022.
KOENIZ, Switzerland—Haag-Streit announced the winners of the Haag-Streit Slit Lamp Imaging Competition 2022. First place was awarded to Utpal Sarkar from Disha Eye Hospitals Barrackpore in Kolkata, India. His winning image, taken with a Haag-Streit BX 900 slit lamp imaging system, shows a case of spherophakia and convinced on all three winning criteria, i.e., image quality, technical execution and disease interest. The jury was especially impressed by the ciliary zonule being fully in focus over nearly the entire 360 degrees of the eye.

In addition to receiving the highly coveted Slit Lamp Imaging Competition 2022 trophy, Sarkar will also be featured in an ophthalmic journal and will receive a Sony Alpha 7 IV Kit as first prize.
Second place has been awarded to Rob Hancock from Wirral University Teaching Hospitals in Wirral, U.K. His image, also taken on a Haag-Streit BX 900 slit lamp, displays a patient with ocular albinism and has been captured with iris transillumination technique. The image has been selected by the jury for being crisp, detail-rich and showing a high level of contrast. Hancock will receive a Nikon Z fc Double Zoom Kit as second prize.
Third place has been awarded to Kathleen Warren from Duke Eye Center, Durham N.C. in the U.S. Her winning image displays a case of epithelial ingrowth, taken with a Haag-Streit BX 900 slit lamp. Taken with large magnification, the image is not only detail rich and fully in focus, but it has also been chosen for its artistic qualities. Warren will receive a Peak Design Everyday Backpack as third prize.
The Haag-Streit Slit Lamp Imaging Competition has now run for four consecutive years. This year’s competition saw 168 images submitted by participants from 20 countries, with many pearls being among the submissions. The jury consisted of Marc Curchod, ophthalmic photographer, Switzerland; Jesús Conejero, ophthalmologist, Spain; and Frank Wenger, head product management general diagnostics, Haag-Streit, Switzerland.