Energy at Any Age photo competition winner

Multi-award-winning photographer, John Kelly, took the winning photo on display at a special Energy at Any Age exhibition hosted by Trinity College Dublin as part of Trinity Week. Launched on Monday April 9 and running until Thursday April 12, the exhibition has been organised by Age-Friendly Trinity.

Around 50 guests attended the welcome reception and cast their votes for their favourite image, with the winner of the People’s Choice Award selected as “The Old Man and the Sea” by John Kelly. John has previously won 17 Press Photographers Association of Ireland awards and, as staff photographer with the Clare Champion, he has chronicled the life of Clare over the past two and a half decades.

His winning image depicts Mr Paddy Hanrahan collecting seaweed as fertiliser for his garden near Cappa, Kilrush, Co. Clare. Image credit: John Kelly (John Kelly Photography).

Energy at Any Age is an interpretation of the ‘energy’ theme chosen for this year’s programme of Trinity Week events. Trinity Week is a celebratory week held every year around Trinity Monday — the day that Trinity celebrates the announcement of its new Fellows and Scholars. The programme of events mixes time-honoured traditions with new and exciting initiatives, and brings Trinity in touch with its wider community in Dublin and further afield.

Energy at Any Age also expresses the mission of Age-Friendly Trinity, which is to welcome staff, students and visitors of all ages and to harness the unique opportunities that age diversity brings. The Age-Friendly Trinity initiative drives the implementation of the Ten Principles of an Age-Friendly University in Trinity, in acknowledgement of the benefits that age diversity brings to a university community, and the importance of positive ageing research and practice in an ageing global society.

One might casually assume that energy declines with age, but this stereotype is well and truly smashed by the works on display in the “Energy at Any Age” exhibition, which show older adults taking up running, working outdoors and even leading a local parade.

Of course, positive ageing is relevant to us all, and Age-Friendly Trinity promotes intergenerational learning and solidarity. Therefore all ages are represented in this series of diverse and inspiring images, submitted by professional and award-winning photographers including winners of the World Press Photo award, Irish Press Photographer of the Year and more.

Featured Photographers:

  • Debbie Hickey
  • Tara Keane
  • John Kelly
  • Morgan Kilgallen
  • Eric Luke
  • Stephen McCarthy
  • Crispin Rodwell
  • Paul Sharp

Media Contact:

Thomas Deane, Press Officer for the Faculty of Engineering, Mathematics and Science | deaneth@tcd.ie | +353 1 896 4685