Ageing - the bigger picture

The winners have been announced in an international photo contest from online photography community in partnership with the British Society of Gerontology on the theme of ageing.

This picture of Agnes from the series Eyes as Big as Plates is a collaboration between Karoline Hjorth and Riitta Ikonen and was selected in first place by the judging panel.

Image copyright Karoline Hjorth & Riitta Ikonen

The competition was also open to a public vote. First place in the Crowd choice was this shot an old man playing with his great grandson in a small village near Udaipur by Hardik Gaurav.

Image copyright Hardik Gaurav

Second in the Expert vote was this image of men keeping themselves fit early one winter morning at a city park in Kolkata, India by Sudipto Das.

Image copyright Sudipto Das

Federico de Gyldenfeldt's image of his grandmother won third place in the Expert vote.

Image copyright Federico de Gyldenfeldt

Leon was placed third in the Crowd vote for this photo of a 91 year old woman adjusting her sewing machine - one that she has used for many years.

Image copyright Leon

Hendi Syarifuddin from Indonesia submitted this shot of a man and his horse. Judges said; "This dark and moody image, with the theatrical nature of the lighting and the slightly sinister way the subjects are interacting with the camera gives the image its impact." It came fourth in the Expert vote.

Image copyright Hendi Syarifuddin

The photo by Alex Rotas is of German athlete Hildegund Buerkle, born 1934, as she heads for gold medal position and a new European and world record in the women's 100m dash, 80-84 year old age category. She was competing at the European Veterans Athletics Championships in Izmir, Turkey, in August 2014 and crossed the finishing line in 18.16 seconds.

Image copyright Alex Rotas

"An old woman in Maiduguri, Nigeria, sits quietly after enduring months of religious crisis that has ripped apart her village of Bama," says photographer Fati. The portrait came fifth in the Expert vote and 258th in the Crowd vote.

Image copyright Fati

"This picture was taken at Jaintapur, Sylhet. She is looking outside of her home waiting for someone or something," says photographer MMZ Khan, who lives in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Image copyright mmz_Khan

"The treatment of the high contrast and block framing of the dark pillars brings to our attention the contrast in the physicality of the subjects, and is almost a metaphor for the passage of time - the young boy is striding towards the future, whilst the labouring head-drop of the old man tells its own story," said the judges of this shot by Marko Visacki.

Image copyright Marko Visacki

Nimai Chandra Ghosh captured this moment between old friends in Purulia, West Bengal. The image was selected in seventh place in the Crowd vote.

Image copyright Nimai Chandra Ghosh

The expert panel of judges thought this image of a woman helping a man through a muddy river bed at low tide by Joydeep Mukherjee, "could easily be used as a metaphor for age, but this is a real example of the effects the environment has on these subjects' lives."

Image copyright Joydeep Mukherjee

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