Left To Our Own Devices was a national photography competition, organised by the KT-EQUAL research consortium in the UK, in partnership with AgeUK.
The closing date for entries was 31 January 2012. The information on this page was given to entrants while the competition was open.
About the competition
Our theme is older people's experiences with technology. We want to collect and showcase the best and most interesting images on this subject, and we're particularly interested in images that challenge stereotypes, surprise or entertain us.
We welcome good quality images, but technical proficiency is not our top judging criterion. We don't mind how you took the image – we're as interested in what you think it says about older people's experiences with technology, whether good or bad.
The competition is open to everyone, and you can enter your images using this website. You can enter just one photo, or up to one in each of our four broad categories:
- Gadgets and gizmos
- Out and about
- In the home
We don't mean these categories to be restrictive. As long as your image fits within the broad theme of 'older people's experiences with technology', we would welcome it in any category. If you can't decide where your image fits, you can enter it in the Open category.
The competition will be judged by:
- Christina McBride, Lecturer in Photography at Glasgow School of Art
- Professor Trevor Cox, a member of the KT-EQUAL consortium
- Phil Rossall, Research Manager (Knowledge Management) at Age UK
All the selected images will be included in a touring exhibition that will visit the Parliament at Westminster and the Assemblies at Cardiff and Stormont, and finishing at the Scottish Parliament next spring.
One image in each category will also receive a cash prize of £250.
What happens to your images
When you enter an image in our competition, you retain copyright over your image -- in other words, you still own it.
We do ask you to allow us to use your image in certain specified ways linked with the competition. If we do, we will always credit you as the photographer. For full details of how we will handle your entry, read our photographer's terms and conditions.
When you first enter an image, it won't appear on the site right away. Instead, you'll have to wait for us to approve it. This will normally take about 1 working day, but it may happen more quickly. At very busy times, we may take a couple of days to approve all the images that have been entered.