Hon Don Punch BPsych BSocwk MBA MLA

Hon Don Punch BPsych BSocwk MBA MLA

Minister for Disability Services; Fisheries; Seniors and Ageing; Small Business

    Winners of 'Golden Lens' photography competition announced

    31/05/2022 11:00 AM
    • 'Golden Lens' photography competition promotes ageing well and active ageing
    • Competition also celebrates the artistic skills of older Western Australians
    • Selected winners will be featured in the upcoming WA Seniors Card Discount Directory

    Winners of the Department of Communities' 'Golden Lens' photography competition have been announced today by Seniors and Ageing Minister Don Punch.


    The competition provided Western Australian Seniors Card members with the opportunity to share images that reflect the lives of seniors and seniors' interests across WA.


    Importantly, the competition aimed to promote ageing well by celebrating the skills of Western Australians through the art of photography and demonstrating that people can create at any age.


    Over 100 entries were received from 45 WA Seniors Card members.


    The competition had four categories - Active Ageing, Artistic Photography, Aussie Way of Life and Meaningful Connections, and also included a People's Choice Award. Winners and runners-up in each category were:

    • Active Ageing
      • Winner - Richard Goodwin for "Ted the Toolman"
      • Runner-up - Peter Garside for "Mr Hilton Doust swimming for life in Mandurah Pool"
    • Artistic Photography
      • Winner - Dita Hagedorn for "Sliding Mirrors"
      • Runner-up - Neal Berry for "The Matagarup Bridge"
    • Aussie Way of Life
      • Winner - Robert Hatton for "On the Beach, Derby WA"
      • Runner-up - Graeme Mosel for "Scooping for crabs"
    • Meaningful Connections
      • Winner - Richard Goodwin for "The Poppy Sisterhood"
      • Runner-up - Donna Legge for "Two friends share a moment"
    • People's Choice
      • Winner - Donna Legge for "Two friends share a moment"
      • Runner-up - Peter Garside for "Mr Hilton Doust swimming for life in Mandurah Pool"

    The selected panel of judges included representatives of Have a Go News, Council on the Ageing WA and Seniors Recreation Council of WA.


    The People's Choice category also saw several images posted for public voting on the WA Seniors Card's Facebook page.


    Several photos will be featured in the WA Seniors Card 2022-23 Discount Directory when released later this year. 


    Key prizes were donated by WA Seniors Card business partners, and the Seniors and Ageing Minister will also host all winners for a lunch at Parliament House where winners will be presented with their awards.


    Further information about the Golden Lens photography competition is available here.


    Comments attributed to Seniors and Ageing Minister Don Punch:


    "The Golden Lens competition is a fantastic opportunity for our WA Seniors Card members to share the stories of their lives and interests through the power of image.


    "Our seniors lead diverse and interesting lives, and love to share their stories - so what better way is there to speak a thousand words than through a photograph.


    "The McGowan Government is developing a 10-year whole-of-government Seniors Strategy for WA to support older Western Australians of all backgrounds to live their best life as they age.


    "There is a growing imperative for 'whole of community' commitment and action to ensure that older people remain active and participate in their community.


    "This competition is yet another initiative that demonstrates that commitment and action."


    Minister's office - 6552 6900