Allan R. Thom
World Orthodontic Health Day Art Competition and Award
The World Federation of Orthodontists (WFO) Executive Committee established the World Orthodontic Health Day (WOHD) Art Competition and Award in 2022, and named it after former WFO President, Doctor Allan R. Thom. The award is to be presented annually to the patients of WFO Fellows and/or patients of WFO student members who, in the judgment of the WFO, have related a story relating to orthodontics in the form of a well-executed still two- dimensional art piece in any medium. The annual competition is divided into 3 age groups relating to patient age on the date the submitted art was created: patients below the age of 12, those between 12 and 18, and patients above 18 years. Competition winners, a maximum of three per year within each age category, will be given a certificate, a plaque and a prize. These will be sent to and awarded to them by their participating orthodontist. Publicity of these awards will be via WFO professional and social media platforms used in tandem with the World Orthodontic Health Day celebrations.
The award is named after Dr. Allan R. Thom as he was instrumental in initiating the World Orthodontic Health Day during his term as WFO president. Dr. Thom has devoted his professional life towards professional excellence through his work with local, national and international organizations. His care and concern for patients has been expressed at multiple levels, including his own practice. It is therefore apt that this competition involving orthodontic patients be named after him.
Nomination for the Award. Submissions of art pieces, either in an analog or digital form, will be verified and sent to the Executive Committee by the treating orthodontist who must be a WFO Fellow or Student Member in good standing at the time of submission and award designation. Nominations may be submitted directly to the WFO Central Office or through a current WFO Executive Committee member.
Eligibility. To be eligible for nomination for The Allan R. Thom WOHD Art Competition, the art submissions must be from a patient of a Fellow or Student Member of the WFO in good standing.
Process. Submissions for this competition may be made to the WFO Central Office from the 1st of June the previous year and must be received no later than 31st of January of the awarding year. The WFO Awards Committee shall be convened subsequently to discuss all nominations. The nomination shall be submitted with the form provided (Annex A). The nomination must include a short narrative of no more than one (1) page in length, authored by the nominating WFO Fellow or Student Member, fully describing the reasons the patient should be considered for the award. The award winner(s) will be announced, via the WFO media platforms, at least 1 month before the WOHD of that year (no later than 15th April).