Winners of the ‘This is Diabetes’ art and photo competition revealed
Ascensia Diabetes Care has announced the winners of its latest art and photography competition.
Katia Montel, from Italy, scooped the global winner award for her ‘We fight diabetes together’ image, while Sabrina Yeo and Cole Bruesehoff became joint winners in the internal category, which only accepted entries from Ascensia, PHC Group and business partner employees.
Montel’s creative masterpiece was ‘highly’ praised for depicting two people dueling against each other with the use of a syringe and a blood glucose monitor.
Entitled ‘This is Diabetes’, the competition was a chance for aspiring artists to showcase their artwork or photography that reflects ‘Access to Diabetes Care’, the theme for this year’s World Diabetes Day.
In total, more than 150 entries were submitted for either of the two categories, the general public or employees.
A prize fund of €12,000 was donated to several different charities, all of which were chosen by the winners and runners-up of the competition. DiAthlete, Diabetes Singapore and JDRF were amongst the organisations to receive a donation.
Employee winner Sabrina Yeo said: “I would like to extend my warmest congratulations to all the winners and runners up. It is an honor to have won this competition.
“This initiative was a great chance to showcase and learn more about what access to medication, technology, support, a healthy diet and safe place to exercise means to people living with diabetes around the world.”
She added: “These are things that many take for granted, but we, especially Ascensia employees and our business partners, need to remember, that this is not the case everywhere.”
The winners were selected based on the creativity and connection to the theme, alongside the storytelling behind the submission.
The judges included Singapore-based Pei Yan Heng, a photographer who lives with type 2 diabetes and Appleton, a US-based artist who lives with type 1 diabetes and spreads awareness about the condition through his art.
UK-based Adam Isfendiyar, a documentary and travel photographer, Weronika Burkort, a Belgium-based Polish artist and illustrator, who was diagnosed with Type 1 in 1995 and Manon Pinard, an Ascensia employee based in Canada were also judges.
Rob Schumm, President at Ascensia Diabetes Care said: “Our engagement with World Diabetes Day is a big part of who we are at Ascensia.
“As a company, which is only focused on diabetes, we are proud to play an active part in highlighting what it is like to live with this condition, and we seek every opportunity to further educate ourselves and our employees.”
He added: “It’s been inspirational viewing all the entries to see what this means to so many people and I hope these images capture the attention of people around the world to help raise awareness of diabetes globally.
“We are delighted to be able to support a number of diabetes charities, furthering access to diabetes care, through the donations we are making on behalf of the winners and runners-up.”
Ascensia Diabetes Care is a global company focused on improving the lives of those living with diabetes through innovative solutions that simplify and improve their lives.
The international company launched the world-renowned CONTOUR® portfolio of blood glucose monitoring systems and the exclusive global distribution partner for the Eversense® continuous glucose monitoring systems.
To view the full line up of winners and runners-up for the ‘This is Diabetes’ art and photo competition, click here.