Get snapping for competition to change how older people are represented

CREATIVE photographers of all ages are invited to take part in a competition to help change the way older people are represented in the media.

Whatever your experience, enter the Age Proud competition run by the Greater Manchester Older People’s Network Team with a photo that will create more positive and realistic images of ageing.

The project has been designed to do something about the way older people are represented as either frail and sick or sky diving; both extremes that the majority of older people do not relate to.

Your image should explore one of the following themes:

  • New Beginnings
  • Passing it on
  • Being Yourself
  • Together
  • Journeys
  • Making a Difference.

Entries can be submitted until April 2 and the shortlist will be announced on the website on May 6. The judging panel includes a professional photographer and a panel of older people.

To enter you must be a resident of Greater Manchester and your photograph must feature at least one older person from Greater Manchester.

The six finalists and overall winner will be announced at the exhibition opening at Central Library in Manchester on May 16-17.

The six finalists will win a photography masterclass with photographer Simon Buckley, the winning image will appear in a GM Ageing Hub publication in 2020 and your image printed out and framed. One overall winner will win a £250 voucher for photographic equipment.

Age Proud has been funded as part of the Great Place project at Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) and was launched by Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham.

Visit the competition webpages at for a copy of the rules and more information. You can also download the consent form you will need to fill in for any people featured in your image.

If you are unable to use the competition webpages call 0161 834 9823 to discuss your individual requirements.

The Greater Manchester Older People’s Network is a voice for older people that aims to make sure older people can express their opinions and get their voices heard. It looks to inform and influence strategy and policy that affects older people and make sure they have a say in decision-making.

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