Negative stereotypes of youngsters and older people are being challenged in a new photographic competition.
The contest aims to find pictures from across Caerphilly County Borough from that help challenge generational stereotypes.
The competition is being organised by the 50+ Positive Action Partnership together with the Safer Caerphilly Community Safety Partnership, and is titled ‘We are not as bad as you think we are!’
Residents and community groups are being encouraged to provide images, or ideas for images, that show the best in younger and older people – an image that challenges stereotypes.
Councillor Colin Hobbs, who is the older people’s champion for Caerphilly County Borough said: “In today’s society, older and younger people are often on the receiving end of the most negative stereotyping.
“We are all aware of the bad press about young people dressed in their ‘hoodie’ outfits, loitering on street corners.
“Older people are often equally stereotypically labelled as frail and grumpy with little understanding of modern technology.
“This competition is excellent in that it allows us to challenge these negative stereotypes, and I would encourage as many people to get involved in creating images, or ideas for images as possible.”
The winning photographs will be used as part of a campaign being launched in the spring which aims to help bridge the generation gap.
An exhibition of the photographs will also take place across the county borough.
The overall winner will be given a £150 cash prize while small prizes are on offer for the 12 finalists.
The closing date for submissions to the competition is February 28.