Left to our own devices
Left to our own devices was a UK-wide photography competition, originally run in partnership with Age UK, on the subject of older people's experiences with technology. It was open to everyone.
Winning images from the competition toured UK Parliaments and Assemblies in 2012, telling stories, challenging stereotypes and provoking discussion. The exhibition reaches the European Parliament in March 2013.
Winning entriesWinners were chosen in four categories:
To view winning entries, click a category above. You can also view the four first-place photos, one from each category:
- First-place winners (pdf)
Humans have always used tools to help carry out tasks, and there is an u
rgent need for better gadgets and technologies that can help older people live independently. We also need buildings, transportation systems, towns and cities to be well designed. After all, the population of the UK is ageing -- in 20 years time nearly a quarter of the population will be over 65 -- and coping with this is a major challenge for society. The aim of our competition and exhibition was to examine how technology has the capacity to change the lives of older people.
The competition ran from October 2011 to January 2012, and there were 113 entries. The winning images formed an exhibition which toured all the UK's national parliaments and assemblies later in 2012:
- The Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh
- The Northern Ireland Assembly, Belfast
- The Welsh Assembly, Cardiff
- The Houses of Parliament, Westminster
By positioning the exhibition at key locations within each building, usually for several days, we were able to engage with a wide range of policy-makers and other influential people, influence discussions and raise awareness of the key issues of ageing and technology. We also held a well-attended reception at each venue and distributed research findings and information materials widely.