NSW Elder Abuse Helpline and Resource Unit's photo competition celebrates the positive experience of ageing.
NSW Elder Abuse Helpline and Resource Unit's photo competition celebrates the positive experience of ageing.

Sharing the spirit of positive ageing

ACROSS NSW young and old have reached for their cameras or their photographic memories to share positive ageing images while raising awareness of elder abuse.

The NSW Elder Abuse Helpline & Resource Unit ran an online competition aimed at using photography as a way to encourage positive communication and connection between families and generations.

"It's through these conversations that pathways to awareness and prevention are conceived," Helpline senior consultant Christine Mattey said.

There were three competition categories - up to age 12, 13 to 18 years old, and 18 years and over. 

Under 12:

  • Sharing Wisdom (Sepia grandmother and child counting fingers) by Jaime Clarke.

Over 18: 

  • Pure Love (Grandmother Maria Tamas and baby) by Liz Spargo.
  • Untitled (Man with hat in frame) by Nikki Jones.
  • Mum and her beautiful grand-daughters by Michelle Herman. 
  • Untitled (Close up of hands of Dawne Kathleen Zotz (72) with daughter Michelle) by unknown photographer. 

The most popular photo, selected by Tanya Smyth and Alison Francis by the director and manager respectively of Strategy, Design and Stewardship at Family & Community Services, was submitted by Jaime Clarke in the under 12s and Michelle Herman in the over 18 years of age categories.

The results of the competition have been released today in conjunction with World Elder Abuse Awareness Day.

All entries have been shared on the unit's Facebook page.


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