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 ageing well by celebrating the skills of older South Australians through the art of photography and demonstrate that people can learn and create at any age.

Seniors Card members love to share their stories, and other members love to hear them. Photos speak a thousand words. Through the Lens is a wonderful opportunity for Seniors Card members to share photos that they have taken, that reflect their lives and interests.

2021 competition

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

Competition terms and conditions.

Categories

The judges are looking for good photographic technique, creativity and clear photographs.

Not sure which category to enter your photo in? Check out the category descriptions.

Active ageing

Seniors on the go – in the great outdoors or 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, images should convey a story. What does ‘ageing well’ look like in your world?

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®.

Landscape & nature

This year, we have combined the landscape and natures categories to make entries more flexible for photographers. Landscape photography captures scenes that deeply resonate with us. They may be powerful visages devoid of humans and their habitations or show people or animals interacting with their landscapes. Images showing flora and fauna will also be welcomed. Judges will be looking for timing, use of colour and texture, lighting, detail and composition.

Meaningful connections

Connections that create meaning and purpose in our lives are one of the greatest determinants to living a happy and healthy life. It’s the quality, not quantity, of our connections that really matters. Interacting with family and friends, intergenerational moments… think outside the box and be creative. Judges will be looking for images that capture a moment or tell a story about a person’s life.

Portrait

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.

Prizes

Judge’s Choice Award – new in 2021

Through the judging process, the judges will choose one entry to win the Judge’s Choice Award. In addition to looking for good photographic technique, creativity and clear photographs, judges will award the Judge’s Choice Award to a photograph that is unique, displays creativity, has impact and draws them in to discover the story or message without distraction.

The winner of the Judge’s Choice Award will win a $700 prize package thanks to sponsor Diamonds Camera, Video and Digital consisting of a $500 voucher and a copy of Sacred Nature: Life’s Eternal Dance (photographic book), a large ready-to-hang print of their photo thanks to sponsor, Atkins Photo Lab and the winning photograph will be featured on the cover of the 2022 Seniors Card Discount Directory, Your Lifestyle Guide.

People’s Choice Award

The photograph with the most public votes will win the People’s Choice Award.

The winner of the People’s Choice Award will win a $700 prize package thanks to sponsor Diamonds Camera, Video and Digital consisting of a $500 voucher and a copy of Sacred Nature: Life’s Eternal Dance (photographic book), a large ready-to-hang print of their photo thanks to sponsor, Atkins Photo Lab and the winning photograph will be featured on the cover of the 2022 Seniors Card Discount Directory, Your Lifestyle Guide.

The finalists of the People’s Choice Award will win a bottle of premium wine thanks to sponsor, Claymore Wines.

Category Awards

Winners in each of the five categories will win a large ready-to-hang print of their photo thanks to sponsor, Atkins Photo Lab, a bottle of premium wine from sponsor Claymore Wines and their winning photograph will be featured on the cover of the 2022 Seniors Card Discount Directory, Your Lifestyle Guide.

Finalists in each of the five categories will win a large ready-to-hang print of their photo thanks to sponsor, Atkins Photo Lab.

People's Choice Award - public voting

Eligible photo entries will be 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.

Check back in August for more information about the great prizes and how to vote for your favourite photo.

Exhibition

More information about the exhibition at the City Library in Rundle Mall will be announced soon.


Previous winners

2020 winner

Kay Jamieson’s photo, ‘Crossing the line’ took out the top prize in the 2020 Seniors Card Through the Lens photographic competition. Kay said, “What’s a couple of oyster lines between friends? Especially when a breakfast of fresh seafood is on offer! A 62 year old friend manages the tricky boat-to-boat transfer during a bespoke outing in Coffin Bay”.

View all of the 2020 finalist and winning photos PDF 2.8MB

More winners from previous years

Crossing the line - Kay Jamieson - Active ageing and overall winner.jpg

Download

View the Through the Lens terms and conditions (PDF 72KB)

Contact

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

Phone: 1800 819 961 (freecall)
Email: seniorscard@sa.gov.au


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