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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.

2018 competition now open

All South Australian Seniors Card members are invited to enter Through the Lens, the Seniors Card photographic competition, by submitting up to five original photographs. Submit your best photos for a chance to win great prizes!

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Photos of a range of subject matters are encouraged in the following categories:

  • artistic photography
  • portrait
  • landscape
  • nature
  • seniors in action.

Use your creativity! Think lifestyle, volunteers, lifelong learning, neighbourliness, sport, family, arts and culture, leisure, multiculturalism and vibrant South Australia. Entries must include an image title and a brief description of the photograph.

Entries close on Friday 10 August 2018. Following this time, members of the public will be able to view all eligible entries and vote for their favourite - the People's Choice vote.

The winner of the People's Choice vote and a finalist and winner in each of the five categories will win a framed print of their photograph, thanks to major sponsor Atkins Photo Lab. More prizes will be announced soon.

View the 2018 Through the Lens terms and conditions.

Finalists and winners in each of the six categories will be invited to an exclusive event at the City Library in Rundle Mall on 4 October 2018. Winners and finalists will have their work featured in the exhibition for public view throughout October.

2017 winnersGrant Hugo - winner of 2017 Through the Lens

A photo depicting a 360 degree view of participants at a seniors camp has been 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 features on the cover of the 2018 Seniors Card Discount Directory, Your Lifestyle Guide.

On Wednesday 4 October, Minister for Ageing Zoe Bettison announced the winners in six categories at the exhibition launch event at the City Library in Rundle Mall.

WeekendPlus, the digital magazine for seniors will feature the finalist's and winner's photos as well as the stories behind them. Keep an eye on WeekendPlus editions 117 to 122 for more information.

Artistic photography / overall winnerGrant HugoA Huge Circle of Friends
PortraitJudith ThiesSmiling
LandscapeRobert ArmitagePetrel Cove
NatureCraigh MarsdenAfter the Rain
Seniors in ActionJudith ThiesA Long Wait for a Long Drop
People's ChoiceSusan BelperioScarred for Life

2017 Through the Lens finalists with Lord Mayor of Adelaide and Minister for Ageing

People's Choice Award

All South Australians were invited to participate in Through the Lens by voting for their favourite photo in the People’s Choice Award. More than 1,100 votes were received. The winner of the People's Choice Award, with 93 of the votes, is Susan Belperio for her photo, 'Scarred for Life'.


Finalists and winners in five categories received a large ready-to-hang framed print of their photo at the conclusion of the exhibition, thanks to major sponsor, Atkins Photo Lab. Winners also received a bottle of wine, thanks to Claymore Wines. The winner of the People's Choice Award won an iPad, thanks to The Good Guys.

The overall winner received a custom Jam Factory award and their photo will appear on the cover of the 2018 Seniors Card Discount Directory, Your Lifestyle Guide.

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


An exhibition of the shortlisted photos appeared at the City Library in Rundle Mall throughout October and November 2017. Visit WeekendPlus to see all of the finalists and winners.

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.

The overall 2016 winner was Colin Sanderson for his 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.

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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