Seniors Card

Through the Lens: Seniors Card photographic competition and exhibition

Through the Lens is part of International Day of Older Persons celebrations. The competition and exhibition promote active ageing by celebrating the skills of older South Australians through the art of photography and demonstrate that people can learn and create at any age.

2019 competition

All South Australian Seniors Card members were invited to enter Through the Lens, the Seniors Card photographic competition.

Entries are now closed. More than 700 entries were received! The judges have shortlisted and all finalists have been advised.

Through the Lens 2019 terms and conditions.

People's Choice Award - public vote

Shortlisted and eligible photo entries are now available to view in an online gallery where members of the public can vote for the photo they like best. The photo with the most votes will win the People’s Choice Award.

The author of the People’s Choice photo will win a large ready-to-hang framed print of their photo thanks to Atkins Photo Lab and an Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II camera and lens kit (valued at $599), thanks to Diamonds Camera, Video and Digital.

A People’s Choice voter will be chosen at random to receive a DJI Tello Drone (valued at $169), thanks to Diamonds Camera, Video and Digital.

We listened to your feedback and this year, only 265 shortlisted photos are eligible for the People's Choice Award.

Vote here

People's Choice Award 2019 voting terms and conditions.


The overall winner will receive great prizes including:

Each category winner will receive:


Artistic photography

Images may include abstract expressions, unusual close-ups, angles, patterns, motion, or perspectives, black and white photography, images created using scientific imaging tools and artistic effects resulting from digital manipulation. Artistic images make good use of graphic elements of design. They highlight line, shape, pattern, form, texture and perspective in their subjects. This category is appropriate for digital art – images created or drastically altered in software like Adobe Photoshop®.


The beauty of a portrait is its ability to tell a story – using the language of the body (not always the face). It can be a well-staged group photo or a more singular study that moves us through its expression and mood. A candid snippet in time that conveys a story and portrays emotions, thoughts and feelings.


Landscape photography captures scenes that deeply resonate with us, even though we may never personally have visited the locations. They may be powerful visages devoid of humans and their habitations or show people interacting with their landscapes. Judges will be looking for timing and light. Images can be of natural or urban landscapes, in black and white or colour.


Images showing flora, fauna and landscapes in their natural state. Judges will be looking for timing, use of colour and texture, lighting, detail, composition and whether the image captures the unique essence of the subject.

Seniors in action

Seniors on the go – interacting with family and friends – in the great outdoors, or conversely, relaxing in an indoor setting. Wisdom, experience, sportiness, playfulness – just some of the qualities that can be portrayed in an image. Whether it’s something you’ve snapped on the spur of the moment or a more strategically composed photo – older people connecting, communing, contemplating – use your imagination.


Finalists and winners in each of the six categories will be invited to an exclusive event at the City Library in Rundle Mall on 3 October 2019, where winners will be announced and the public exhibition will be launched. Winners and finalists will have their work featured in the exhibition for public view throughout October.

Previous winners

2018 winner

A photo depicting the strong hypnotic stare of Ellie the owl won the 2018 Seniors Card Through The Lens photographic competition. David Munro was awarded the top prize for his photo taken at the Raptor Domain on Kangaroo Island.

View all of the 2018 finalist and winning photos.

2017 winner

A photo depicting a 360 degree view of participants at a seniors camp Grant Hugo - winner of 2017 Through the Lenswas chosen from close to 400 entries as the winner of the 2017 Seniors Card Through The Lens photographic competition.

Taken by Grant Hugo at Carrickalinga, the winning photo featured on the cover of the 2018 Seniors Card Discount Directory, Your Lifestyle Guide.

2016 winner

The overall 2016 winner was Colin Sanderson for Compressed 2016 Through the Lens winnerhis photo 'Arckaringa Hills at sunrise'.

    Colin received a custom piece from JamFactory and his photo appeared on the cover of the 2017 Seniors Card Discount Directory, Your Lifestyle Guide.


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

    Phone: 1800 819 961 (freecall)

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