Through the Lens 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.

2022 competition

Watch this space for more information about the 2022 instalment of Through the Lens!

2021 competition

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

Entries are now closed. Nearly 1,300 entries were received.

Finalists and winners were invited to an exclusive event at the City Library in Rundle Mall on 30 September 2021, where winners were announced. Winners and finalists had their work featured in an exhibition at the City Library for public view throughout October.

Winners

Ian Probyn took out the Judge's Choice Award for his photo, 'All of us'.All of us, Ian Probyn

Ian’s portrait of a colony of tube worms, isolated on black, draws the viewers’ attention to the complex structure which has a simple, almost monochromatic colour palette. Ian says, 'Our need to find ways to live and survive together has never been clearer. If we see our cultures and traditions as depth rather than difference, and move beyond borders and boundaries, we can find new ways of addressing our challenges. These tubeworm casts show the beauty and colours of individual lives. Each twist and intersection reflect how the colony adapts and grows, a metaphor for our own societies. This colony found strength by growing together, and we can do the same'.

Amanda Luker took out the People's Choice Award for her photo, 'Love is needing to say nothing at all'. More than 2,000 people voted for their favourite photo in an online gallery and Amanda's photo was the standout winner.

Amanda says, 'This is a photo of a boy in awe of a special moment and his connection with his Mum. Taken in January 2021 at Aldinga Reef'.

CategoryWinnerPhoto title
Judge's Choice AwardIan ProbynAll of us
People's Choice AwardAmanda LukerLove is needing to say nothing at all
Artistic photographyPeter PhillipsLampshade Crater
PortraitRichard ObornAll that he is, and that is much
Landscape and natureRobert ArmitageWinter in the High Country
Active ageingKim PetersenSwimming with Whale Sharks
Meaningful connectionsScott PearsonGranddaughter and Old Pop Peeking Over our Glasses

View all of the 2021 finalist and winning photos.

Prizes

General categories

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

Each category winner received a large ready-to-hang framed print of their photo thanks to Atkins Photo Lab, a bottle of premium wine thanks to Claymore Wines and their winning photograph will be featured on the cover of the 2022 Seniors Card Discount Directory, Your Lifestyle Guide.

Judge’s Choice Award – new in 2021

Through the judging process, the judges chose one entry to win the Judge’s Choice Award. In addition to looking for good photographic technique, creativity and clear photographs, judges awarded 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 won 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 with other category winners on the cover of the 2022 Seniors Card Discount Directory, Your Lifestyle Guide.

People’s Choice Award

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

The author of the winning People’s Choice photo won 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 with other category winners on the cover of the 2022 Seniors Card Discount Directory, Your Lifestyle Guide.

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

Exhibition

Finalists and winners in each of the categories as well as the winners of the Judge's Choice and People's Choice Awards, had their work featured in the Through the Lens exhibition at the City Library for public view throughout October 2021.


Previous winners