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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.

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!Ian Patterson pictured with his winning photograph and holding his award

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


A photo depicting a striking lionfish has won the 2019 Seniors Card Through the Lens photographic competition. Ian Patterson was awarded this year’s top prize for his photo taken during a night dive off the Indonesian island of Sulawesi.

Pictured: Through the Lens 2019 overall winner, Ian Patterson.

CategoryWinnerPhoto title
Through the Lens 2019 overall winnerIan PattersonSulawesi Night Dive - Lionfish
People's Choice Award winnerJulie DeerCoopers Creek in Flood
Artistic photographyAlan ScottReflective Splash
PortraitDoris ConnollyJust Jock
LandscapePeter PhillipsFaroes Farm
NatureIan PattersonSulawesi Night Dive - Lionfish
Seniors in actionAdrian HillIan Moss and Jimmy Barnes
People's Choice voter prizeRobyn McCurry 

View all of the 2019 finalists and the winning photos (2.6 MB PDF).

People's Choice Award

Shortlisted and eligible photo entries were available to view in an online gallery and members of the public voted for the photo they liked best. Voting has closed. The photo with the most votes won the People’s Choice Award.

Julie Deer's Coopers Creek in Flood depicts the magic of the Outback, enhanced on the rare occasions that the rivers and creeks flood.


The overall winner of Through the Lens 2019 won great prizes including:

Each category winner received:

The winner of the People’s Choice Award received:

The winning People’s Choice voter received:


An exhibition featuring the finalist and winner's work was open to the public at the City Library in Rundle Mall throughout October. The exhibition is now closed.

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 finalists and winning photos.

2017 winnerGrant Hugo - winner of 2017 Through the Lens

A photo depicting a 360 degree view of participants at a seniors camp was 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 winnerCompressed 2016 Through the Lens winner

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.


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

    Phone: 1800 819 961 (freecall)

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