25 November 2015

There are 98 million people in the Commonwealth today who are blind or have low vision, yet four out of five could be treated successfully if given the opportunity. These straightforward solutions can make an incalculable difference to the lives of millions of individuals and families who are unnecessarily affected.

As the Commonwealth Heads of Government convened in Malta in November 2015, they were presented with images from the landmark photography exhibition, Time to See. Privately viewed by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales, the exhibition brought avoidable blindness to the attention of both the Commonwealth and the world, presenting readily available solutions to help address the ongoing problem.

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

Dr Astrid Bonfield CBE, Chief Executive of The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust, 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.”

Richard Pattle, the Vice Chairman of Standard Chartered Private Bank, and a member of the Bank’s Seeing is Believing Management Committee, added: “These remarkable images highlight the numerous and diverse forms of blindness which affect tens of millions of people around the world. Standard Chartered Bank is immensely proud to stand alongside the Trust in presenting this landmark exhibition, and hope that it will act as a call to arms to help end avoidable blindness.”