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Old Frame New Picture Photography Competition

6 Oct 2020 - 13:24 by michelle.foster

We are delighted to invite you to submit your photographs to our competition, celebrating and promoting positive and realistic images of older people in Greater Manchester.

Old Frame New Picture is a competition designed to challenge the negative and stereotyped ways older people are represented as vulnerable or frail, something that has become even more prevalent during the coronavirus pandemic.

We (the Greater Manchester Older People’s Network) are inviting all photographers, that’s both professionals and amateurs to submit images which celebrate the diversity of older people’s lives and their contributions to society.

One of our competition judges is leading photographer Alex Rotas. Alex has made it her mission to challenge ageing stereotypes through her work. Alex says:

"As we get older, we become more diverse, not less. Yet the language used in the pandemic lumps us all together as the ‘over 70s’ or the ‘over 50s’, and then frames us all in terms of our vulnerability. This is ageist stereotyping at work and it needs challenging: we absolutely do need a new frame!"

Competition criteria:
You can take part by submitting your photograph of at least one person aged over 50, under one of six themes:

  • Activism
  • Supporting my community
  • Old and proud
  • Friends and family
  • Taking part
  • Self-portraits (including selfies)

We encourage entries from both professional and amateur photographers and entries from both will feature in a digital billboard campaign across Greater Manchester in January 2021.

Six winning entries will be featured in a digital billboard campaign across Greater Manchester early next year, as well as appearing in an online exhibition and featuring in a set of printed postcards to promote positive ageing.

The best images will also form a new bank of photographs for use by local charities and other not for profit organisations in their marketing and communications, providing a positive alternative to the kinds of images currently available. There are also cash prizes to be won:

  • First prize: £250
  • Second prize: £100
  • Third prize: £50

Deadline: Friday 13 November 2020, 5pm

For more information and to enter click here


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