Cruising Cuttlefish wins seniors’ photo competition

30 September 2022

A stunning photograph of a Giant Australian Cuttlefish has taken out the top prize in the 2022 Seniors Card Through the Lens photographic competition.

The image titled ‘Cruising’ was taken by Seniors Card member, Ian Patterson, in Point Lowly near Whyalla at a depth of three metres.

The winning photo was chosen from more than 700 entries and will feature on the cover of the 2023 Seniors Card Discount Directory, Your Lifestyle Guide.

Through the Lens is Office for Ageing Well’s annual photographic competition for Seniors Card members, which showcases and celebrates the skills and creativity of older South Australians.

In the lead up to International Day of Older Persons on 1 October, photography winners in six categories were announced at an exclusive launch event held at the City Library last night, and include:

Landscape and nature/Judge’s Choice – Cruising – Ian Patterson
Artistic photography – I Disappear – Paul O’Leary
Portrait – RIP Micky – Liz Daniels
Active ageing – Senior Swans – Suzanne Opitz
Meaningful connections – Pop and Grandson. "The cycle of life" – Cherie Anderson

Finalists and winners in each of the categories will have their work featured in the Through the Lens exhibition at the City Library throughout October.

For more information on Through the Lens and to view the winning and shortlisted photos, visit

Statement attributable to Office for Ageing Well A/Executive Director, Cassie Mason:

Through the Lens celebrates the creativity and photographic talents of South Australia’s Seniors Card
members, and serves as a reminder that it is never too late to start a new hobby or renew enthusiasm
for an existing one.

Photos speak a thousand words and Through the Lens is a wonderful opportunity for Seniors Card members to share photos that they have taken, that reflect their lives and interests.

I congratulate all finalists for their creative approach to this competition and the overall winner, Ian Patterson, for his captivating photo.

Statement attributable to Office for Ageing Well Seniors Card Manager, Evlynn Hayes:

The calibre of entries received as part of this year’s competition was truly inspiring, and I encourage all South Australians to visit the exhibition and view the great work that will be on display at the City Library in Rundle Mall throughout October.

I would like to congratulate all the finalists for their amazing work and our 2022 winner, Ian Patterson, for his incredible photo.

I would also like to thank our sponsors, Atkins Photo Lab, Diamonds Camera, Video and Digital and Claymore Wines.