Through the Lens: Seniors Card photographic competition

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.

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

Click here to enter.

Entries close Friday 9 August 2019.

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


The overall winner will receive great prizes including:

  • a custom-designed trophy, thanks to JamFactory

  • a large ready-to-hang framed print of their photo thanks to Atkins Photo Lab

  • a Diamonds Gold Card (minimum value $1,500), thanks to Diamonds Camera, Video and Digital

  • and their winning image will appear on the cover of the 2020 Seniors Card Discount Directory.

Each category winner will receive:

  • a large ready-to-hang framed print of their photo thanks to Atkins Photo Lab

  • a bottle of wine thanks to Claymore Wines.


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.

People's Choice Award

After the competition has closed, 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.

The People’s Choice winner 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.

More information will be available in August about how to vote for your favourite photo.


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.