Older adults frequently experience what has been called everyday ageism,” whether in TV ads or images, in a restaurant, or from passing comments that imply they are less capable because of age. Research shows ageism negatively affects the health of older adults and indicates anti-ageism efforts work to promote older adult health and well-being.
Livable Indian River, part of the Senior Collaborative is holding a Photography Contest to promote positive images of older adults in Indian River County.
The Focus will be to capture positive images of older adults in Indian River County showing one or more of the following major features:
- Older Adults Engaging in Positive Activities Later Life. Examples include, but are not limited to, exercising or sports, volunteering, working on a hobby or job.
- Older Adults Enjoying being with others (it can be multi-generational).
- Older Adults Showing a strong purpose in life. Examples include, yet are not limited to engagement with art, work, teaching, gardening, caregiving, and spiritual or religious activities.
The top overall prize is $200, with $100 each for photographs best representing one of the three themes.
Photographers: Please submit up to 3 digital images in color, black and white, or grayscale. Submissions begin December 15, 2023, with a deadline of February 15, 2024.
Exhibitions: An exhibition of selected photographs will be held at The Heritage Center in Vero Beach on March 12 (5 p.m. – 8 p.m.) and at the Senior Collaborative’s Senior Expo on March 21, 2024 at the Indian River County Fairgrounds. Photographs selected by the judges need to be matted.
Contest Rules and Guidelines:
Judging will take place in early March, and winners will be announced March 4. Images must be submitted by the photographer and must include Title, Photographer’s name, phone number and email address, and a sentence describing the major feature it depicts.
Jurors: We are honored to have Aric Attas and Ben D’Andrea as jurors, professional photographers with a deep understanding of photography and an appreciation of the concerns of older adults in Indian River County. Both have taught others the joy of photography as well as judged in numerous competitions.
Photographs selected may be used on the internet or in publications. We ask photographers to give their consent for the use of their work and get written permission from those photographed.