ASPIRING photographers are being encouraged to capture Shellharbour City's over-55 residents in their element as part of a new photographic competition.
"Positive Images of Ageing" is the theme for Shellharbour City Council's competition.
Photographs of Shellharbour residents over the age of 55 are eligible, with a selection to be displayed at the Shellharbour Village Exhibition Space for Seniors Week from March 17-24.
"This is an opportunity for people to take a photo of their parents, grandparents, friends and neighbours to promote a positive image of ageing," Mayor Marianne Saliba said.
"People are often doing inspiring things, even in their day-to-day life, such as volunteering for some of our local organisations or taking care of people in need.
"During the holiday period some people over 55 may be flying a plane, skydiving, ocean diving, surfing, rock climbing or heading off to an action park for some fun.
"Photographs of gardening, bowling, playing golf and swimming laps of any of our local pools are just a few other examples."
Balarang resident Brian Luckins is a committee member of the Kiama-Shellharbour Camera Club.
The 58-year-old said he would consider entering and suggested those doing so to try and capture older residents in their element.
"If you take them within their environment, whether it's a work or hobby, you can see a lot about a person," he said.
"It's important to shoot an older person within their environment, as it gives a good indication of what their life could like; their hobbies and what they enjoy."
Mr Luckins also said while he was pleased to promote positive images of ageing, the competition may also inspire more elderly citizens to take up photography, which in itself could promote a healthier lifestyle for older residents.
"It's a great interest and hobby to have; gets you out and about, keeps you active."
To enter, post the photographs to council's Facebook page and send the high resolution picture to email@example.com, with up to 50 words about the subject of the photograph and how it is a positive image of ageing.
Entries will close on February 28. For more information on the Kiama-Shellharbour Camera Club, visit the http://kscameraclub.org website.