An Exeter woman has been chosen out of hundreds of people across the South West of England as a regional finalist for Specsavers’ Spectacle Wearer of the Year.

Best glasses 'selfie'

Georgia Fellows, aged 17 from Exeter could win £10,000 and a luxury holiday in the Bahamas if she wins, as well as a trip to London, complete with styling and a personal shopping trip.

Glasses wearers were encouraged by Specsavers stores across the country to submit a picture of themselves donning their best pair of specs.

Georgia was invited to visit her local Specsavers store in Exeter to receive a bottle of champagne, a certificate and a £150 glasses voucher.

Proud to wear glasses

Georgia says: ‘I’ve worn glasses since I was 10 years old.

‘I wear them because I have to, but I think they’re a really nice thing to add to your outfit sometimes! I received quite a lot of negativity when I was younger for wearing them, which is why I wore contact lenses for a while. But now I’m happy with my glasses and want to encourage people to be proud of wearing them – it doesn’t matter what other people think.’

Specsavers Exeter store director Jonathan Baumber says: ‘It’s brilliant that one of Exeter’s own has been selected for such an exciting opportunity. We just want to congratulate Georgia and wish her good luck in getting through to the final.’

Trip to London

The awards were launched by Girls Aloud singer and West End star Kimberley Walsh earlier this year, who Georgia could meet at the awards ceremony if she triumphs in her age category. There are four age categories – 16-24; 25-39; 40-59 and 60+, plus a Facebook favourite voted for by the public.

The awards will be held at London’s 8 Northumberland Avenue on Tuesday 7 October. All age category winners will win a VIP makeover, with one overall winner taking home the ultimate accolade in specs wearing.

The ultimate Spectacle Wearer of the Year winner will receive £10,000, plus a week’s holiday for two in the Bahamas courtesy of the Grand Lucayan Beach & Golf Resort and a wardrobe of specs to suit every style.