Seniors Card

Through the Lens: Seniors Card photographic competition and exhibition

Through the Lens is part of International Day of Older Persons celebrations. It is open to all South Australian Seniors Card members from 1 July to 25 August 2017.

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.

Enter to win great prizes

Entries open on Saturday 1 July 2017.

Entries close at 5.00 pm on Friday 25 August 2017.

Photos of various subject matters are encouraged. Think lifestyle, volunteers, lifelong learning, sport, family, arts and culture, leisure, multiculturalism and vibrant South Australia. Use your creativity!

Entries must include an image title (no more than 100 characters) and a brief description of the photography (no more than 500 characters). There is a limit of five entries per person.

View the full terms and conditions.


Finalists and winners will be chosen in six categories:

  • Landscape
  • Seniors in action
  • Nature
  • Artistic photography
  • Portrait
  • People's Choice (voted by the public)

Thanks to the major sponsor, Atkins Photo Lab, winners and finalists will win a large ready-to-hang framed print of their photo.

The overall winner will receive a custom Jam Factory award and their photo will appear on the cover of the 2018 Seniors Card Discount Directory, Your Lifestyle Guide, available to more than 360,000 people from December 2017.

The winner of the People's Choice vote will win an iPad.

Through the Lens is supported by Atkins Photo Lab (major sponsor), Jam FactoryThe Good Guys and Claymore Wines.


An exhibition of the shortlisted photos will be held at the City Library in Rundle Mall throughout October. Minister for Ageing, Zoe Bettison will launch the exhibition at an event on Wednesday 4 October 2017 where the winners in each category will be announced. The exhibition will be open to the public until Sunday 5 November 2017.

2016 winners

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.

Click below to read more about the finalists and winners in each category.

2016 overall winner and People's Choice winner
Family and friends
Lifestyle and recreation

Regional South Australia
Seniors in action

The overall 2016 winner was Colin Sanderson for his photo "Arckaringa Hills at sunrise". Colin 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 more than 360,000 people throughout 2016.

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.

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.

Dianne Davies' photo "Native bee" was the winner of the people’s choice award. Dianne 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.


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

Phone: 1800 819 961 (freecall)

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