The Golden Lens Photographic Competition

Introduced in 2022, the Golden Lens competition aims to promote ageing well by celebrating the skills of older Western Australians through the art of photography and demonstrate that people can learn and create at any age.

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

The 2024 competition has just closed and attracted 130 entries from 44 WA Seniors Card members.

Congratulations to all 2024 participants, the winners and runners up for the 2024 competition can be viewed here.


2024 Categories

There were four categories that contestants could enter, and all submissions were asked to include a title and an Artist’s statement of 100 words or less.

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Active Ageing

Seniors on the go – in the great outdoors or in an indoor setting. Wisdom, experience, sportiness, and playfulness – are just some 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 ‘active ageing’ look like in your world?

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Blast from the Past

Feeling nostalgic? History makers love to recreate moments in time and reflect on the feelings memories can evoke. Whether it be snapping an image encompassing your favourite decades outfit, styles or trends, or perhaps snapping an image of your treasured vintage car, this category aims to showcase what the world around you used to be like. Judges are looking for portraits or images that promote nostalgic moments and share a blast from the past.

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Cultural Identity

Capturing culturally diverse moments in Australia, this category aims to bring what being a Western Australian means to life. Australia is a diverse multicultural society uniting many cultures, experiences, beliefs, and traditions. From our first Australians to every culture, race, faith and nation, what makes our country so diverse?

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Wander out Yonder

Combining landscapes and natures, this category seeks images from scenes that deeply resonate with us. They may be powerful compositions free of humans and their homes or show people or animals within their landscapes. Capturing majestic animals or life-giving and nurturing aspects of mother nature at its finest, what do you love about nature? Judges will be looking for timing, use of colour and texture, lighting, detail and composition.

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People’s Choice

Shortlisted and eligible photo entries were available to view in a Facebook gallery post and members of the public were encouraged to vote for the photo they like the most by clicking LIKE on the image itself. The photo with the most Facebook Likes won the People’s Choice award. Public voting opened on 12 April 2024 and closed on 3 May 2024 on the WA Seniors Card Facebook Page.


Prizes

Finalists in each of the four categories won one bottle of wine from WA Cellars, a $25 Camera Electronic voucher and a $5 Chicken Treat voucher.

The category winner of Active Ageing received a Perth City Scenic Flight from Swan River Seaplanes, valued at $195, a $50 Camera Electronic voucher and a $25 LatestBuy voucher plus a bottle of wine from WA Cellars.

The category winner of Cultural Identity received a $50 Camera Electronic voucher, a $25 LatestBuy voucher and a lunch or dinner for two at Mochachos Warwick, valued at $40, plus a bottle of wine from WA Cellars.

The category winner of Wander out Yonder received a $50 Camera Electronic voucher and a Rottnest Fast Ferries package for 2x adults, valued at $240, plus a bottle of wine from WA Cellars.

The category winner of Blast from the Past received a $50 Kailis Fishmarket Café Fremantle voucher, a $50 Camera Electronic voucher, a $25 LatestBuy voucher and a bottle of wine from WA Cellars.

The People’s Choice Award winner received a $100 Camera Electronic voucher, a lunch or dinner for two at Mochachos Warwick, valued at $40, plus a bottle of wine from WA Cellars.

The People’s Choice runner up received one bottle of wine from WA Cellars, a $25 Camera Electronic voucher and a $5 Chicken Treat voucher. Other prizes may be promoted on the WA Seniors Card website prior to the competition close date.

All winners will be invited to have lunch at Parliament House hosted by the Minister for Seniors and Ageing, Hon Don Punch.

Please email any queries to goldenlens@communities.wa.gov.au. For complete details please read the Terms and Conditions documents below.

Past Winners

The winners and runners up for the 2024 competition can be viewed here.

The winners and runners up for the 2023 competition can be viewed here.

The winners and runners up for the 2022 competition can be viewed here.

To view all past submissions please visit our Facebook Page.


Contact

For more information contact WA Seniors Card on:

Phone – 1800 671 233
Email – goldenlens@communities.wa.gov.au