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Old Frame New Picture Photography Competition

 *UPDATE* The competition has now closed for entries and judging is complete!  Our exhibition can be seen on the new GM Older People's Network Website: https://www.gmopn.org.uk/ 

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:

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


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Selection and judging

All photographs will be judged on the following artistic criteria: 

  • Creative exploration of the chosen theme
  • Orginality

Entries will be first longlisted by a panel of project partners, which will include photographer Simon Buckley, Julie McCarthy (GMCA), Liz Jones (Macc) and two members of the Greater Manchester Older People’s Network.

A shortlist will then be selected by a panel of guest judges including

  • Alex Rotas - Photographer specialising in challenging ageing stereotypes
  • Virginia Tandy - Director of CADA, the Creative Ageing Development Agency
  • Helen Wewiora - Director of the Castlefield Gallery
  • Mike Sweeney - BBC Radio Manchester broadcaster
  • Jai Chuhan - a visual artist, winner of the bOlder prize at the Manchester Open
  • Members of the Greater Manchester Older People’s Network

Click here to find out more about our judging panel



Greater Manchester Older People's Network members introduce the Old Frame New Picture Competition.

Competition rules and submissions:

  • This competition is open to professional* and amateur photographers. Photographers are asked to identify themselves as either professional or amateur as part of the submission process
  • Either the photographer or one of the people in the photograph needs to be living or working in Greater Manchester
  • All images must feature at least one person aged 50+
  • Photographers should be 18yrs+ or have permission from a parent/guardian to enter this competition
  • As part of the entry process, photographers are asked to briefly explain how their photograph fits their chosen theme
  • Photographers must have consent from the photograph subjects to submit the image to the competition. If the image was taken on private property or features identifiable individuals outside, permission needs to be obtained also. You will be asked for evidence of consent if your entry is shortlisted.
  • The entrant must be the sole owner of copyright in all photographs entered. If you are the photographer and have taken the photograph yourself, you will have sole copyright
  • Photographs of recognisable individuals are classed as personal data. For more information about how Macc uses personal data see our Privacy Policy here
  • Winning images from the competition will be used in publicity campaigns for positive ageing in Greater Manchester and photographic subjects should be made aware of this
  • As part of your submission, you will be asked for your contact details, to confirm whether you are an amateur or professional photographer and to describe how your entry meets your chosen competition theme and the criteria for the competition
  • Entries should be saved as a JPG, PNG or TIFF file format with a maximum file size of 10 megabytes
  • Photographers are asked to submit their entries online via Zealous, a third-party website that hosts online creative competitions. All photographs and information you upload will be held on this third party site.You can find the Zealous privacy policy here

If you are unable to submit your photograph online, please call us on 0161 834 9823 to discuss your individual requirements.

*For the purposes of this competition, a professional photographer is someone whose primary source of income has come from photography within the last 2 years.

COVID-19 update:

The competition was planned before the pandemic and we have taken measures to make it safe. We therefore encourage selfies, advise that photos should be taken at least two metres away from the subject, and encourage the submission of photographs taken before social distancing measures began. We have also included a Self-Portrait category, which includes selfies and takes into consideration those who are shielding or self-isolating. 

If you have any further questions about entering this competition or general enquiries please email [email protected] or speak to the Greater Manchester Older People’s Network Team by calling 0161 834 9823 

The deadline for entries has been extended to 5pm, Friday 27 November 2020

Good luck!

Old Frame New Picture is funded by Ambition for Ageing with the support of the National Lottery Community Fund, National Heritage Lottery Fund and Arts Council England as part of Great Place GM.

To see the full terms and conditions, please click here


Old Frame New Picture: how older people are represented in the media and what we can do about it?' online symposium (28.10.2020)

Click here for more information on our online symposium

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