Older South Australians to capture and win

Wednesday, 25 July 2018

Applications are now open for Seniors Card members to use their creativity and enter the 2018 Through the Lens photographic competition, which forms part of this year’s International Day of Older Persons celebrations.

Office for the Ageing’s manager of the Seniors Card program, Evlynn Hayes, said the annual competition and exhibition is a worthwhile opportunity for older South Australians to use their skills in the art of photography and share photos they have taken. 

‘We have Seniors Card members living in both metropolitan and regional areas in South Australia and the competition attracted close to 400 entries last year,” Ms Hayes said.

“With entries previously received from across the state, this competition showcases photos captured by older South Australians that reflect their lives and interests, such as their family, neighbourhoods and communities, and through culture, sport, and art. 

“Age is no barrier to creative expression and as this popular annual competition shows, there are avenues through which older South Australians can learn new skills, develop new interests and discover new ways to express their individuality.” 

The competition runs until Friday 10 August, with finalists chosen in five photographic categories and an extra category allowing members of the public to vote for their favourite photo. 

An exhibition of shortlisted photos will be launched on Thursday 4 October at the City Library in Rundle Mall, where the winning entries, selected by a panel of judges, are announced. 

Through the Lens 2017 competition winner, Grant Hugo, said in this digital age almost anyone can taking captivating photographs on phones, cameras and tablets.

“I was thrilled when I found out I was a finalist in last year’s competition and was truly honoured when my photograph was judged the overall winner” Mr Hugo said. 

“I think it’s wonderful that seniors as participants and the general public as viewers and voters can come together in such an uncomplicated way. 

“Everyone’s photos and memories are important and seniors should be encouraged to believe they can take good photos and be given opportunities like this to promote their work.”

Winners and finalists will have their work featured in the exhibition for public view throughout October. For more information, contact the Office for the Ageing Seniors Card Unit on 1800 819 961 or visit:

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