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Society is facing a global ageing process resulting from a progressive increase in life expectancy and a reduction in birth rates, all of which is leading to an alteration of the population pyramids with major social and economic consequences.

The progressive increase of the population over 65 years old has become a determining factor in the European and world social panorama. The future scenarios established by the European Commission in the 2015 Ageing Report (The Ageing Report 2015) foresee a large increase in this segment of the population, which in 2060 will represent 30% of the European population.

This major sociodemographic change brings with it new and diverse challenges, as well as a source of opportunities to boost the economy, job creation, innovation and research.

The European Commission and the European Council have identified the ageing of the population as one of the major future challenges, pointing out that a firm and positive response must be given to this demographic phenomenon in European social models.

It is time to change attitudes to ageing and promote cultural change. In this way we can help people to live longer, more active and independent lives, and also help our societies to take advantage of the opportunities inherent in a new social reality.

The International Centre on Ageing (CENIE) is a response to this phenomenon that is changing the world in which we live.

The International Centre on Ageing (CENIE) is an approved initiative (0348_CIE_6_E) in the INTERREG V-A Cooperation Programme, Spain-Portugal, (POCTEP), 2014-2020, funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).


The Photography Contest promoted by the Fundación General de la Universidad de Salamanca (FGUSAL), within the framework of the International Centre on Ageing (CENIE), begins on 14 June 2019 and ends on 31 December 2019 at 24:00h (time -UTC+01:00- Brussels, Copenhagen, Madrid, Paris).

By submitting an entry, each entrant accepts the rules of the competition and declares to be of legal age.

Who can participate:

The CENIE Grand Prize and the prizes: "Elección del Público", Gente, Miradas, Miradas Ibéricas, Miradas en la Raya, Imágenes Alteradas and Móvil are open to photographers over the age of 18. FGUSAL will determine the eligibility of winners at its sole discretion.

The next 6 categories must be about the slogan that serves as the title of the photography contest:

"Age doesn't mean getting old, just growing older."

1. People: Portraits and photos of older people in groups or alone that convey a positive view of age.

2. Looks. Events, objects or activities that connect the reality of older people with the enjoyment of cultural and natural heritage. They must be photographs that give us an idea of what it means to live actively the elderly.

3. Iberian Looks. Events, objects or activities that connect the reality of the elderly with the enjoyment of the cultural and natural heritage of Spain and Portugal. They must be photographs that give us an idea of what it means to live actively, the elderly, in Spain and Portugal.

4. Looks at the line: Events, objects or activities that connect the reality of older people with the enjoyment of the cross-border territory1 of Spain and Portugal. They must be photographs that give us an idea of what it means to live actively the elderly.

1 El Espacio Transfronterizo de España-Portugal is made up of 37 NUTS III countries belonging to both countries:
- Spain: Ourense, Pontevedra, Zamora, Salamanca, Cáceres, Badajoz, Huelva, A Coruña, Lugo, Ávila, León, Valladolid, Cadiz, Córdoba and Sevilla.
- Portugal: Alto Minho, Cávado, Terras Tras-os-Montes, Douro, Beiras and Serra de Estela, Beira Baixa, Alto Alentejo, Alentejo Central, Baixo Alentejo, Algarve, Ave, Alto Tâmega, Tâmega e Sousa, Área Metropolitana do Porto, Viseu Dão-Lafões, Região de Coimbra, Médio Tejo, Região de Aveiro, Região de Leiria, Oeste and Alentejo Litoral.

5. Altered images: Photographs manipulated for artistic purposes through the application of digital and/or traditional special effects (i.e., coloring, toning, collage, photographic composites, HDR, etc.)..

6. Mobile: Any photograph taken with a mobile device (phone or tablet).

To be eligible for any category, a photograph must have been taken by the participant as of January 1, 2019.

Trimmed photos are eligible in all categories. We do not accept digital or enhanced or otherwise altered photos, except those included in the Altered Images category. Minor adjustments, including spotting, adjusting contrast, and slightly adjusting color or digital equivalents are acceptable for all categories. If judges determine that a photographer has altered their photo, they reserve the right to move it to altered Images or disqualify it.

For a photo in which a person is recognizable, you must be prepared to provide authorization from the person appearing in the photo or, in the case of a minor, from the parent or guardian, to be submitted to FGUSAL if requested.

Similarly, participants whose photos represent the work of others (such as sculptures, statues, paintings, and other copyrighted works) must be prepared to provide authorization from the copyright holder to FGUSAL if requested. When photographing the work of others, it should be as an object in its environment and not as a complete close-up of someone else's creation.

Photos that violate or infringe another person's rights, including but not limited to copyright, are not eligible.

How to participate:

Please submit photos through the form created on our website or request information at Up to 5 photographs can be submitted per category for a total of 30 entries. To be displayed in our online gallery without being stretched or distorted, photographs must be submitted in .jpeg or .jpg format at 72ppp, edited for the web in sRGB color space, of at least 2,000 pixels on its largest side and no heavier than 5 MB. A form must be completed for each photo submitted.

We do not accept photos sent by mail and do not accept more than one contestant per email address. High quality scans of non-digital photographs are acceptable. Digital photographs should be taken with the highest possible resolution.

Finalists may be asked to submit an original, unedited digital file, or an original negative, printed, or slide. Original negatives, copies or slides will be returned to the finalists. FGUSAL reserves the right to disqualify contestants who are unable to submit, upon request, a high resolution photograph of at least 300 dpi at 2,000 pixels on the long side or a negative, print or original slide of the photo. Mobile photographs are exempt from this size requirement, but must be sent with the highest resolution if requested.

FGUSAL can collect metadata from a photograph when submitted.


Participation in the Contest implies on the part of the contestants:

- Guarantee that you are the sole holder of all rights to the photograph you submit to the competition, that you have authorization and, therefore, are responsible for the use and disclosure of the images where there are people likely to be recognized or works of others protected by copyright.

- Accept that the photographs submitted may be used in the exhibition, sample or any visual part of a catalogue derived from this competition.

- Accept that the photographs presented may be reproduced, without commercial purposes and in an ethical manner by FGUSAL or CENIE, in publications or on the FGUSAL or CENIE portal.

- Accept that the photographs sent can be used, without the need for prior communication, always mentioning the name of the author of the photograph, in communication materials and eventual disclosure in publications or magazines, including online support.

- FGUSAL is not responsible for any downloads that are illegally made of the photographic works exposed in its portal or in that of CENIE.

Deadline for registration:

The competition begins on 14 June 2019. All entries must be received via the entry form created on the website before 24:00h (time -UTC+01:00- Brussels, Copenhagen, Madrid, Paris) on 31 December 2019.


The photographs will be evaluated on the basis of their creativity, quality, originality and responsiveness to rapid and overall impact.

The FGUSAL will select 10 finalists per category, one winner for each category and one winner of the CENIE Grand Prix Miradas from among the 60 finalists. The 60 finalists will be notified of their status in March 2020 and will appear on our website in the spring of 2020. At that time, the public can vote on our website for the winner of the "Public Choice" award from among the 60 finalists. The winner of the Audience Choice Award, Grand Prize winner and category winners will be announced online in June 2020.

FGUSAL, through CENIE, will notify finalists and winners in the contact information provided at the time of registration; FGUSAL may disqualify anyone who does not respond to the notification within five business days of being notified.


Eight prizes will be awarded, as indicated below:

- CENIE Grand Prize: €5,000.

- Winners in each category: Winners in each of the 6 categories will receive €1,250.

- Elección del publico: "The winner of the "Audience Choice" award will receive €2,000.

Only one prize per person will be awarded.
Winners must sign a permit and license, as well as a declaration of eligibility, and will be responsible for paying any taxes that may result from the receipt of the prize.
Online features: FGUSAL may select photos to highlight on its website or display them in a publicly accessible competition archive on its website or on the CENIE's website; such selections will be made at FGUSAL's discretion.

Final Provisions:

1. The organization will not respond to calls or letters about the results of the contest. Participants must wait for the Jury's decision to be published in the appropriate place. Only the winners will be notified of the result of the competition.

2. Each participant will be responsible for the risk of loss or damage to photographs or other material resulting during the submission process.

3. Participants are solely responsible for their participation. Participants may not submit materials that introduce software viruses or other programs designed to damage software, hardware or telecommunications equipment, or that are off-topic, or that infringe the rights of third parties.

4. The contest is void where prohibited or restricted by law. FGUSAL reserves the right to cancel the contest or modify these rules at its discretion. In the event of a dispute over winners, FGUSAL reserves the right to award or not to award prizes at its sole discretion. FGUSAL reserves the right to disqualify any participant whose entry or conduct appears to: inhibit the enjoyment of others; alter competition; violate these rules or other applicable laws or regulations; infringe the rights of others; or act in an unsportsmanlike or harmful manner. FGUSAL's decisions are final and binding.

5. Any omission in these regulations will be resolved by the organizing entity.


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Under the framework of: Programa Operativo Cooperación Transfronteriza España-Portugal
Sponsors: Fundación General de la Universidad de Salamanca Fundación del Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas Direção Geral da Saúde - Portugal Universidad del Algarve - Portugal