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Through the Lens: Seniors Card photographic competition and exhibition

2016 Through the Lens was part of International Day of Older Persons celebrations. It was open to all South Australian Seniors Card members from 2 June to 29 July 2016.

The competition and exhibition promote active ageing by celebrating the skills of older South Australians through the art of photography, and demonstrates that people can learn and create at any age.

Overall winner

A panel of judges selected a finalist and a winner in each category, as well as an overall winner, all of whom received a large framed print of their photo, thanks to major sponsor Atkins Photo Lab.Compressed 2016 Through the Lens winner

The winners and finalists in each category were published in WeekendPlus, the digital magazine for seniors. To subscribe to WeekendPlus, email with your Seniors Card number and name in the email body.

The overall winner, Colin Sanderson, received a custom piece from JamFactory and his photo appears on the cover of the 2017 Seniors Card Discount Directory, Your Lifestyle Guide, available to 360,000+ people from December 2016.

Winner: Colin Sanderson

Title: Arckaringa Hills at sunrise

Description: A 5.30 am start from our caravan at Arckaringa Station in northern SA got me to the Painted Desert at sunrise for a stunning display of golden light on the Arckaringa Hills. The photograph was taken on 5 May this year at 7.00 am with a Pentax K50, 14mm, 1/45 @ f5.

The finalists' and winners' entries were exhibited for public viewing throughout October, at the Adelaide Convention Centre, and November, at the Adelaide City Council's City Library.

Thanks to major sponsor, Atkins Photo Lab, winners and finalists were able to take home their large framed prints at the conclusion of the exhibition.

People's choice award winner

In a program first, the 2016 instalment of Through the Lens included a sixth category, the people’s choice award.
Eligible submissions were available for viewing on the Through the Lens gallery on SA Health’s Facebook page, allowing the general public to see all eligible photographs and vote for the one they like best.Compressed People's Choice winner 2016

More than 670 members of the public voted for their favourite photo.

The winner of the people’s choice award, Dianne Davies, won a large framed print of the winning photo, thanks to major sponsor Atkins Photo Lab and an iPad thanks to sponsor, The Good Guys.

Winner: Dianne Davies

Title: Native bee

Description: This blue banded native bee visited my garden, and I was so lucky to get this image, as the little bees don’t sit still for long!

Competition is now closed

Entries closed at 5.00pm on Friday 29 July 2016, with more than 400 entries received. With entries more than doubling in this year’s competition, Through the Lens further demonstrates that people of all ages enjoy the art of photography and that age does not limit your creativity!

Photos of various subject matters were encouraged - lifestyle, volunteers, lifelong learning, sport, family, arts and culture, leisure, multicultural and vibrant Adelaide.

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Through the Lens is supported by Atkins Photo Lab (major sponsor), Jam Factory, The Good Guys, Claymore Wines, Adelaide Convention Centre, Adelaide City Council’s City Library and the Centre for Creative Photography.

Be sure to keep an eye on this page for information about next year’s instalment of Through the Lens!


For more information contact:
Seniors Card Unit
Office for the Ageing

Phone: 1800 819 961 (freecall)

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