imAge call for entries

24 December 2015


Accademia Apulia UK, with the support of The Royal Photographic Society and under the patronage of the European Commission and Italian Consulate General, London, now welcomes submissions for its imAge photography award. Open worldwide, this years theme aims to Challenge stereotypes of older people.

The selectors are looking for photographs which can redefine how we perceive older people. Participants are asked to submit fresh ideas to illuminate the forgotten men and women whose active contributions make a difference to communities worldwide.

Some cultures consider older people as the most important members of the community, where they are respected for their wisdom and experience. In others, they are often forgotten. After retirement, the senior citizens can become invisible. Yet they are alive and well with thoughts, feelings and important stories to tell, both past and present.

We invite you to grab your camera and get out there to find and record the lives of those wonderful senior citizens - what are they up to?  Capture images of your grandparents, your elder neighbours and aging strangers. Submit images that tell a story - many of them have vital roles within their family units, passing on their invaluable experience to the younger generation. Some have also important volunteering jobs - their highly reliable contributions make a huge difference on different fronts - from schools and hospitals to community-based jobs. And there are elderly people who have an array of amazing hobbies and interests.

Entries are free and the winners will be selected by leading figures from the field of photography: 

  • Anne Williams, Director for Photography, London College of Communication
  • Cristobal Catalan,  Creative Director, Catalan & Co
  • Michael Pritchard, Director-General, The Royal Photographic Society
  • Roger Tooth, Head of Photography, The Guardian

The closing date for entries is 1 April 2016 and winners will be announced on 18 April 2016.

Accademia Apulia offers the winner and the three runner ups a group exhibition to be held at Kings College London between 18-24 April 2016.

Read more about the competition here.

Image: © Vladimir Yakovlev / Age of Happiness / Ruth Flowers, 72 years, Bristol, United Kingdom.