DHHS Announces Photography Contest

Concord, NH – The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Bureau of Elderly and Adult Services (BEAS) and the State Committee on Aging (SCOA) announce the “Aging in Focus” photography contest. This is the third year the two organizations have worked on this project aimed at enhancing the image of people age 60 or older by showing the many different faces of aging and highlighting the diverse interests and accomplishments of older adults.


“Our senior citizens are valuable members of our communities,” said DHHS Commissioner Nicholas Toumpas, “this contest is an opportunity to bring focus to all that they do for their families, their friends and the communities where they live.”


Anyone can enter the “Aging in Focus” contest. There are two categories: an adult category for photos submitted by people 18 and older, and a youth category for photos submitted by people under 18. The photo must include one person or a group of people age 60 or older. Examples of possible photo content include an elder or elders engaging in their work or in a hobby/activity, intergenerational scenes, or photos that depict emotional expression or humorous situations.


All entries must be received by Friday April 3, 2009, and will be judged by an independent review panel. Winners will be announced at the Ninth Annual New Hampshire Conference on Aging, Thursday, May 28, 2009 at the Radisson Hotel in Manchester.


One photo per contest entrant may be submitted. The photo must not have been previously published elsewhere. Either the photographer or the subject of the photo must be a resident of New Hampshire. Once submitted, entries will not be returned.


To find out how and where to submit entries visit DHHS’s website: www.dhhs.state.nh.us/DHHS/BEAS. You can also call BEAS at 1-800-351-1888, Ext. 4683 for more information.