Calling all stylish glasses wearers in Ireland!

SWOTY 2018

Steps superstar Claire Richards has kicked off the search for the nation’s proudest specs wearers – with a €12,000 cash prize up for grabs. To mark the launch of Specsavers’ annual search for the Spectacle Wearer of the Year 2018, Claire took part in a sensational new photoshoot, showcasing her own fabulous specs style.

Glasses wearers from across Ireland, aged 16 and over, can put themselves forward for the prestigious accolade.

Prizes to be won

Finalists will attend the uber-glam awards ceremony in London, with one overall winner scooping the top award and cash prize. Having picked up the Specs Appeal gong at last year’s awards, pop star Claire says: ‘I’ve been a glasses wearer for a few years now and I absolutely love it. I love to mix things up and try a geek-chic frame one day and then a sexy cat’s eye the next.

‘Winning the Specs Appeal award last year was incredibly flattering and it was an honour to share a room with so many proud and fabulous glasses wearers. I can’t wait to see all the nominees this year – I’m sure there’s going to be some real corkers!’

Specsavers involvement 

Kerril Hickey, Specsavers Ireland Chairperson, says: ‘We’re asking all glasses wearers in Ireland to stand up and share their best selfie with us for this amazing opportunity. Not only is it a perfect opportunity to showcase their personal specs style to the country, each entry helps raise funds for Specsavers charity partner, The National Council for the Blind, Ireland. The work they do to support those affected by blindness is invaluable.’ 

Competiton categories

The competition has five age categories – 16-24, 25-34, 35-44, 45-59 and over 60s – plus a Facebook favourite voted for by the public. A winner from each category will win a VIP makeover and mingle with celebrities at the awards in London in October.

Charity donation

For each entry made €1 will be donated to the National Council for the Blind, Ireland. To be in with a chance of scooping the biggest accolade in the specs-wearing world, glasses wearers can enter the competition online here  


Deadline for entries is Sunday, 01July 2018.

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