Seen & Celebrated Photography Competition – Winners Gallery

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Seen and Celebrated – Waterford’s Photography Competition – Winners

Many thanks to all who submitted entries for the Seen and Celebrated Photography competition – run by Waterford Older People’s Council in collaboration with Waterford Libraries and Healthy Waterford, as part of the Government of Ireland’s National Keep Well Campaign. This competition aimed to celebrate the many ways that older people contribute to our society throughout the City and County.

With so many wonderful photos to choose from our Judges had a challenging task to select the winners but we are delighted to share with you all the winning entries. The judges agreed that these photos really show the spirit and enthusiasm which older people bring to Waterford.

Later on this year there will be a public exhibition of the photographs in different venues around the City and County and there will also be a 2022 Calendar available in November

Many thanks to our Judging panel: Ed Guiry (Professional Photographer), Jane Cantwell (Waterford City and County Librarian) and Susan O’Connor Chairperson for (Waterford Older Person’s Council) for their time and efforts and to Greater Manchester Older People’s Network for their inspiration and support for our Photography Competition.

The ‘Seen and Celebrated’ Photography Exhibition is now running in Ardkeen Library.

The exhibition includes the overall winning photograph, the winning photograph in each category and a selection of photographic entries from the competition.

The exhibition is available to enjoy at Ardkeen Library until 31 August during library opening hours: Monday, Tuesday & Thursday: 10am – 1pm & 2pm – 5pm.

For more information please contact Ardkeen Library on 0761 10 2755.

First Overall Winner in Competition

A moment of shared joy, 97-year-old Jim Doyle FINALLY being able to enjoy company and treats with his 7-year-old grandson after months of cocooning. Jim has spent much more of his life in Waterford than in his native Wexford. He worked as a pattern maker in “The Foundry” (Waterford Stanley) and has been a well-loved contributor to the Waterford music and crafts scenes. His outlook on life and ageing has been an inspiration to all around him. Photo by Aoife Flynn. (Friends and Family)




Second Overall Winner in Competition

Owl in arms with two interested dogs Toby and Jess, March 2021, Active Retirement activity. Photo by Tom Hickey. (Old and Proud)






Third Overall Winner in Competition

Deise Day Centre out and about with the Tribike we call “Saoirse”. meaning Wind in your Hair We have volunteers that bring out the elderly in the good weather to feel the wind in their hair its a super way to get fresh air. Our driver Eddie Moore is one of the members also and he is 80 years young. This was taken on the boardwalk in Abbeyside with Lena Parker and Pat Healy on board. Normally we take people out as often as a volunteer is available. but Eddie always makes himself available, he gets immense pleasure seeing people enjoy themselves and what better way to keep fit. Photograph taken by Tomas Kiely. (Contributing to the Community through work or volunteering.)


First in Contributing to the Community through work or volunteering theme

Ken Begley chairman of Tay and Mahon valley active Retirement with box of goodies, Easter eggs chocolate to be distributed to members before Easter. Photo by Tom Hickey






First in Taking Part theme

Covid restrictions prevented members meeting indoors in their shed in Passage East. During the summer weather though it was possible to meet outdoors occasionally. On this occasion the get together included some of the members vintage tractors and projects they had made at home during the closure. Photo by Noel Shanaghy





First in Old and Proud theme

All Dressed Up and Nowhere to Go Julia Murphy will be 88 this year. She was married to Eddie, who died in 2011. A mother to 9 children, 22 grandchildren, 9 greatgrandchildren she enjoys gardening, bridge and cooking. COVID has had a major impact on her social life and her mental health. It has cut her off from meeting her friends and her extended family. Julia has adapted new computer skills to keep in contact with the outside world. Photo by Richard Dunne.






First in Friends and Family theme

This was our first time seeing Grandad when lockdown was lifted last summer. My son Conor was so thrilled to be back with his old pal, Grandad. I think this picture sums up perfectly the lovely relationship between Grandparent & Grandchild & how much they missed each other when they were apart. Photo by Caroline Flynn






First in Self Portrait theme

Hat Day. For the first 9 months of COVID19 our Edmund Rice Choral Society WhatsApp group had a task to do every day. It was a great success. This was my entry in our “Hat Day”. Its a bath selfie! Photo by Patricia Meade.








Please note the Seen and Celebrated Photography Competition is now closed.


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