Friday’s heavy snowfall led to a submission deadline extension for this year’s Images of Aging contest to Tuesday.
“It’s always fun to do this,” said Adelaide Rich, Pruett Gerontology Center student worker. “We do it to promote successful aging – taking away the negative stereotypes of what we typically think of older people.”
Students have the opportunity to submit as many photos as they wish, as long as each submission is emailed to the Pruett Gerontology Center one photo at a time.
There are three categories to enter photos: color, mobile and black and white.
Once submission is closed, judging will take place.
“The panel of judges ranges from photography teachers here to local photographers from here around Abilene,” said Rich, junior communication sciences and disorders major from Boerne. “They judge it on the quality of the photo itself and also things like how they captured the moment of the person they’re taking the photo of.”
There is no date set for when the judging will occur or when the winners will be announced. Once a date is set, each student participant will receive an update via email.
Winners will be announced during a free lunch provided by the Pruett Gerontology Center for each student who made a submission into the contest.
Austin Kilcullen, junior ad/PR major from Nashville, entered a photo of his grandfather in the black-and-white category.
“My photo means a lot to my family and me,” Killcullen said. “It’s a picture I took of my grandpa over Christmas break. In the photo, he’s drinking coffee from his coffee mug with my grandma’s name painted on it. She passed away a few years ago, and since then, he’s been drinking his coffee from that same mug every morning.”
This submission date extension gives more students the opportunity to enter the contest and the chance to continue the promotional cause for successful aging.
For more information and rules for submissions, visit http://blogs.acu.edu/imagesofaging.