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‘Ageing: The Bigger Picture’

Launch: Wednesday 18th November 2015
Close to entries: Sunday 10th January 2016

“My job is to use photography to get people talking, to get them thinking, and to hopefully, ultimately, get them caring.” – Mac Stone 

 The British Society of Gerontology is excited to announce that we are collaborating with online photo community Photocrowd to present an international photography contest: Ageing: The Bigger Picture.  

The British Society of Gerontology is a learned society aiming to enhance knowledge about ageing and later life.  Through this competition we aim to stimulate photographers (amateur and professional), and wider members of the public, to think about what ageing means in the world today and how it is represented.  Through a generous donation to the Society in support of the competition, there are substantial cash prizes of more than £3,500 to be won.  Prizes will be awarded by both a Judging Panel and a Crowd vote.  Even if you are not entering the competition, please do participate in the crowd rating, and join in the discussion.

The link is here for entering the competition, sharing, viewing, uploading, commenting or rating: https://www.photocrowd.com/challenges/374-ageing-bigger-picture/

The Brief:
Getting older is a complex process, but it’s all too easy to revert to clichés when it comes to representing old age. This challenge is a chance for entrants to show a more nuanced approach to the subject: we want to see how you’ve captured the multiple realities of ageing. Facets to consider might include:

  • The joys of ageing
  • The problems people associate with ageing
  • Confronting fears about ill health
  • The ways people plan / don’t plan for the ageing process
  • Ageing as a political problem
  • Ageing as a worldwide issue: cultural differences and similarities
  • How our current society copes with a large ageing population
  • Embracing ageing with a healthy mindset

Judging Panel
We are absolutely delighted to announce the expert Judging Panel for the competition, representing the media, academic and professional photography and social gerontology:

  • Caryn Franklin Former Fashion Editor and Co-editor of i-D Magazine and BBC Broadcaster
  • Paul Bevan, Lecturer and Photographer, University of the Arts, London
  • Liam Bailey, Photographer and co-founder of Photocrowd
  • Professor Julia Twigg – Cultural Gerontologist and Senior member of the BSG

Prizes (to be announced in January 2016)
Expert’s winner – £1500     Crowd’s winner – £1500
Expert 2nd – £200             Crowd 2nd – £200
Expert 3rd – £100              Crowd 3rd – £100

Please forward these details to groups or people you know who might be interested!

British Society of Gerontology – info@britishgerontology.org
Photocrowd – Rich Woodruff rich@photocrowd.com

About The British Society of Gerontology
Established in 1971, the Society provides a multidisciplinary forum for all those interested in the situations of older people, and in how knowledge about ageing and later life can be enhanced and improved. The Society engages with politicians, civil servants and policy-makers at the centre of power. They work in partnership with organisations including the ILC-UK, Age-UK and the British Council on Ageing to apply the knowledge gained through research and practice to improving quality of life in old age. They’re committed to building capacity in ageing research through support of both emerging researchers in ageing (ERA) and also more established gerontologists.

About Photocrowd
Photocrowd is a global online community for photographers – whether it’s their hobby, their job, or somewhere in between. A hub for meeting other photographers, sharing your best images, taking part in photo challenges, building an attractive profile which can act as a portfolio site for your best work, and learning from our panel of photography experts.