New Jersey Ophthalmologist, Armand Fasano, was the winner of Accutome’s 2014 Eye Opener photography contest. Entering the contest under the name of “Eye Guy,” Dr. Fasano entered a photo of two friendly frogs interacting, and won the contest quickly with 381 votes. Contestants began uploading their entries on October ninth and a winner was determined on October 24th, 2014.
According to Dr. Fasano, he was aided by already having about 200,000 viewers of his personal photo gallery, supported by office staff, local pharmaceutical representatives and other fans of his photography work. They were willing to go to the Accutome Facebook contest page to vote for him, and post about his need for votes for the entry on their social media channels. When asked further about his winning strategy he also stated that: “One of the local retina doctors has 50 employees –and he emailed all of them for me.”
When asked about his interest, skill, and talent – Dr. Fasano reported that he has been learning and practicing photography from early childhood, and his mom was one of his best teachers.
“I got the photo during a visit to the Natural History Museum. I was lucky, as one frog was walking over the other. I was shooting in continuous mode and this one looked like he was hanging out with his buddy.”
Dr. Fasano also confessed to having taken a few hundred photos while at the American Academy of Ophthalmology Conference last fall.
Dr. Fasano said he thought the contest was a great idea – and pointed to the resulting 10,000 hits to the Accutome site during the contest.
Make sure to take note of Dr. Armand Fasano’s strategy for winning before the next annual Eye Opener Photography Contest. The contest will be hosted once again by Accutome in 2015.