Zooming in on the elderly

Calling for entries to a national photo contest on ‘The Working Elderly’.

Updated - November 16, 2021 08:56 pm IST

Published - June 29, 2013 04:31 pm IST

Woman breaking bricks at construction site. Copyright: Penny Vera Sanso and cLPHRS, Chennai

Woman breaking bricks at construction site. Copyright: Penny Vera Sanso and cLPHRS, Chennai

The Hindu , in association with >Birkbeck, University of London , and the Centre for Law Policy and Human Rights Studies, Chennai, announces a national photo competition, ‘ The Working Elderly ’.

Research undertaken by Birkbeck, University of London, and the Centre for Law, Policy and Human Rights Studies, Chennai, has found that the elderly work in every sector of Chennai’s economy, particularly in low-paid work. Typically their work is invisible or denigrated and their status as workers is unacknowledged. Research into the work of the elderly people across the country is negligible — generally because it is assumed that old people are not working.

The aim of the contest is to reverse this situation by uncovering the work of elderly people across the country, revealing the diversity of their work and demonstrating their contribution to family, society and economy through their determination and endurance.

This is your chance to get involved in making the work of the elderly people visible. Let’s get them the recognition they deserve by showing them in positive light.

Submit pictures, vote for the pictures you like and share them on social media. Encourage everyone you know to participate with photo entries or as voters. Spread the word and turn this competition into a people’s research project. All photos will be visible online at >www.thehindushutterbug.com


First prize Rs. 20,000.

Second prize Rs. 10,000.

Third prize Rs. 5,000.

Three runners-up will receive commendations.

The picture that wins the most number of votes will receive Rs. 5,000.


Aruna Roy (social activist)

Rajiv Menon (filmmaker and cinematographer)

D. Krishnan (Photo Editor, The Hindu )


Starts on Sunday, June 30, 2013.

Closes on Sunday July 21, 2013, at 11.00 p.m.

Voting closes on Sunday July 28, 2013, at 11.00 p.m.

Results will be announced online on July 31, 2013.

A detailed report and commentary by the judges will be published in the Magazine on August 4, 2013.


All photos must be original work.

Photos must be taken within the last 12 months in India.

No limit to the number of photos submitted.

Photos must be no more than 1.5 MB in size. High resolution images of photos will need to be available on request.

You can vote for as many pictures as you like, but only once per photo.

Photos uploading and voting online only.

Register at >www.thehindushutterbug.com via your e-mail id or Facebook account.

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