Lionfish shot nets top prize

Ian Patterson's shot of lionfish wins Through the Lens photographic prize

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The winning photo was taken during a night dive off the Indonesian island of Sulawesi.

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A PHOTOGRAPH depicting a striking lionfish taken out the top prize in a South Australian seniors photography competition.

Ian Patterson's winning photo was taken during a night dive off the Indonesian island of Sulawesi and has seen him crowned winner of the 2019 Seniors Card Through the Lens photographic competition.

The image - which took out the nature section of the competition before being judged overall winner - will appear on the cover of the 2020 SA Seniors Card Discount Directory, available to members from December.

Through the Lens was part of International Day of Older Persons celebrations. The competition and exhibition promote active ageing by celebrating the skills of older South Australians through the art of photography and demonstrate that people can learn and create at any age.

TOP SHOT: Ian Patterson with his Through the Lens award-winning photograph of a lionfish.

TOP SHOT: Ian Patterson with his Through the Lens award-winning photograph of a lionfish.

Office for Ageing Well director Cassie Mason said more than 700 entries were received.

She said the competition and exhibition of entries celebrated the creativity and photographic talents of the state's seniors - "and serves as a reminder that it is never too late to start a new hobby or renew enthusiasm for an existing one".

Seniors Card manager Evlynn Hayes said the calibre of entries received was "truly inspiring and impressive".

Other winners were:

  • Arltistic: Alan Scott (Reflective Splash)
  • Landscape: Peter Phillips (Faroes Farm)
  • Portrait: Doris Connolly (Just Jock)
  • Seniors in Action: Adrian Hill (Ian Moss and Jimmy Barnes)
  • People's Choice: Julie Deer (Coopers Creek in Flood)

The Through the Lens exhibition will run at the City Library in Rundle Mall, Adelaide, until November 6.

If you can't make it, you can view the winning entries and those submitted by shortlisted finalists at www.sa.gov.au/seniorscard/photo

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