Posted by Siobhan Holliman, The Tuam Herald in News.

A young Corofin photography enthusiast has won a regional prize in a national photo competition. Jonathan Connolly, a student at Archbishop McHale College in Tuam, is an avid photographer in his community and his hobby led him to him taking the Connacht Regional Award in the Home Instead Senior Care.


Entrants were encouraged to capture an image that illustrates that life after 65 can be filled with happiness, healthiness and independence. The competition gave people of all ages the chance to showcase their work while also highlighting a positive ageing experience.

A delighted Jonathan received a cash prize of €500 for his winning photograph of his older loved one, Tom McGuire, spending time enjoying living life to the full in his older age.

“As the old adage says, a picture paints a thousand words, and Jonathan’s winning photography as well as all photo submissions, helps change our community’s perception of what it means to grow old in Ireland.

“We want to highlight that old age can well and truly be our golden years—a time where we can continue to live a happy, healthy and independent life,” says Colman Gately, owner and Managing Director of Home Instead Senior Care in Galway.

There were almost 1,000 submissions and entrants were whittled down to a short-list of four finalists from Ulster, Munster, Leinster and Connacht who received €500, with an overall winner receiving an additional €1,000. Photos from the competition are showcased in the annual Senior Citizen and Family Carer Guidebook 2016, a free publication for seniors and a survival guide to ageing.