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 GALLERY 5  |  2024 EXHIBITION  
Aging Well For All  

Celebrating Our Colors and Diversity


The NCOA Gallery is pleased to present the new photography series Aging Well for All—Celebrating Our Colors and Diversity. The National Council on Aging (NCOA) is committed to ensuring that all older adults—regardless of race or ethnicity—have access to the resources they need to age with health and financial security. As part of this effort, NCOA is organizing a photo contest to showcase the wide diversity found among older adults ages 60 and over living in the United States. The contest invites photographers to share
images of older adults of varying backgrounds celebrating their unique family culture, engaging in their communities, and living their own experience of aging well in America.

“We have become not a melting pot but a beautiful mosaic. Different people, different beliefs, different yearnings, different hopes, and different dreams.” —President Jimmy Carter 

The exhibition presents many distinguished photographers who celebrate and embrace diversity older adults to age well at home and in their community. The exhibition includes the top 20 awarded photos and hundreds of empower images of older adults in different background.

“Diversity is not about how we differ. Diversity is about embracing one another’s uniqueness.” —Author Ola Joseph. 




2024 PEOPLE'S CHOICE—
PUBLIC VOTE AWARD
You are welcome to rate your favorite photos for the Public Choice Award. The Voting System will open on May 8th until May 30th. The photo that receives the highest number of votes will be the winner of the Public Choice Award.


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PHOTOGRAPHY CONTEST HIGHLIGHT
2020—2021—2022

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© Angie Keller, American Born1st Prize

American Born (Blossoming anew: the American lotus, an emblem of rebirth) "A Dance of Farewell and Rekindling" intricately weaves landscapes and poignant mementos, capturing the emotional journey of bidding farewell and rediscovering passion after the loss of my beloved husband. The series portrays the profound dance between saying goodbye and finding renewal through evocative visuals and cherished possessions.

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© David Cohen, Best Friends2nd Prize

The Day of the Dead is a Latino holiday that is meant for everyone to enjoy. Despite its name, it is day that celebrates life with dance, music, color and an explosive sense of fun. These two women have known each other for over twenty years. And every year they create costumes and makeup that make the day come alive. And the night. Joining friends and family to celebrate the joy of living.


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©Shaoyi Zhang, The Artist—Hongtu ZhangGuest Jury Award

Born in 1943 in Gansu, China, Hongtu Zhang is an internationally-exhibited artist now based in New York. Zhang entered the Central Academy of Arts and Crafts in Beijing in 1964 and graduated in 1969, but due to unrest during the Cultural Revolution, remained at the school until 1973. In 1980 he went to the Mogao Caves in Dunhuang, Gansu Province, to study wall paintings, which left a lasting influence on his art practice. He moved to New York in 1982  and received the painting prize from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation in 1991. This portrait image is from ongoing series, Chinese in New York. When I moved from my native China to New York City in 2016 to pursue my master’s degree, I felt much more aware of my cultural identity. I also learned more about America’s historical stereotypes of Chinese immigrants, who were subject to both individual mistreatment and governmental oppression. The continuing, often stereotypical perception of Chinese Americans as low-level workers persists to this day and is what my project Chinese in New York attempts to dispel. The project does this through environmental portraiture of Chinese and Chinese-American professionals—scholars, teachers, and artists—living and working in New York City.

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© Cynthia Abatt, A Singular HallelujahMerit Award

A Singular Hallelujah Virginia’s hair glistens when she stands up, and the light from the nearby church window shines through her silver curls. It’s her personal halo. Older Americans often attended services regularly and find deep comfort in their long-held beliefs.

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© Cynthia Abatt, Vinny and the ChaplainMerit Award

Vinny and the Chaplain Sharing a moment with the Cambridge MA Police Chaplain Larry Kim is Wing “Vinny” Wong. Vinny is an Army Veteran who was recently honored with two prestigious medals - for his active-duty service in Germany and for serving during armed conflict. In his mid-90s now, Vinny is warmly welcomed and has a place of honor whenever he attends local veteran’s events.

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© Michael Paras, Bee KeeperMerit Award

The portrait was shot at PJ Farms, Bridgeton, NJ of a beekeeper/apiarist for my Farmer's project. My photography/video Farmer's project is inspired by my deep admiration for the agricultural community, my project aims to capture farmers' stories and challenges. Frank is a retired military officer and runs his small farm with his wife.
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©Elliot Margolies, Arina and SandyMerit Award

Picture taken in Salema, Portugal where we rendezvoused with Arina and her wife, Sandy on our vacations. Arina (seated) and I have been friends since we were preschool teachers in Oakland, CA in 1974. I love the intertwined silver hair in portraits like this.

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© Steve Smith, Racing GrandmaMerit Award

The photograph of the "Racing Grandma" was taken on one of our walks with our grandson, Sam. Spending time with him and investing in his future brings us joy.

I seek to earn pictures, not to take them.

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© Rory Hejtmanek, The Women In My FamilyHonorable Award

I have been photographing my large, blended family for almost 20 years. One of the recurring themes, especially in my more recent cycle of work, has been exploring gender through both staged and candid imagery: gender roles and expectations, the kids exploring and stepping into their gender expression at different ages, where queerness has shown up and how it has been received, and finally, the types of bonds formed between the women and men in the family. This photograph is part of a diptych; it was created spontaneously at a summer gathering, and the other image in the pair depicts the men in the family. I feel honored to have been able to document this sprawling, yet close-knit group of people over multiple decades, and look forward to continuing to do so in the decades to come.
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© Alexandra Buxbaum, Jerry and His Horse RockerMerit Award

Jerry and his horse Rocker “the Rocking Horse” participate in the 33rd Annual High Noon Ride in Chicago, Illinois. This is a reunion of Chicago’s “Black Cowboys” organized by the Broken Arrow Riding Club. Around 40 cowboys and cowgirls brought their horses to Washington Park on the city’s South Side for a 21-block group ride to the Lakefront and back before returning for an afternoon of food, music, and fun.

Jerry has been riding a horse since he was four years old, and being a part of Chicago’s Black Cowboys is to help keep a forgotten history and tradition going back generations alive. The hope is to get the next generation of children interested in cowboy culture, and engaging with the horses with the hope that someday they will be the ones that take over and keep the tradition alive. Jerry represents a living piece of history that was not commonly written into the larger narrative.

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© David Cohen, ProudHonorable Award


I was at an art gallery that was doing an event to raise money to protect the rights of drag performers. These two performers were among the warmest, friendliest, and honest people I have ever met. They talked about all the years they’ve been doing this and how now their rights to just perform and do what they love to do is being threatened. They stepped out of the gallery, into the street and sang their hearts out with joy, hoped and wonderfully positive attitude about the future. 
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© Cynthia Abatt, A Flag and a MemoryHonorable Award

A Flag and a Memory 2023 marked the beginning of a new tradition – separating Decoration Day from the Memorial Day Weekend. Placing flags on the graves of the fallen has historically been an important part of the Decoration Day Ceremonies. Sponsored by the Cambridge Veterans’ Services Department, the community turns out to show appreciation, respect and to honor the soldiers and their families. Groups from the local Boy Scouts to non-profits to politicians to seniors help with the flag placing. When the project is completed, hundreds of flags beautifully decorate the cemetery for the Memorial Day weekend visitors.

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© Barbara Gibson, Mrrs MissouriHonorable Mention

This is Mrs. Missouri Little. An amazingly spry woman who is sharp as a tack. Her daughter, whom she lives with wanted to celebrate her 90th birthday. She also didn't have any recently taken photographs of her. It was in July and we live along the east coast of VA, in the city of Hampton. Hampton is located on a peninsula so there is plenty of water everywhere. We decided to go to one of the local parks with its wooded areas and lakes. Ms Missouri insisted on walking out onto the pier which would slightly bob up and down when the wind blew. I was so nervous for her (no railing to grab onto) but it didn't seem to phase her. In July, it is pretty hot and humid so a breeze is always welcomed. And we got just that. The breeze across the lake lifted her beautifully flowing gray hair behind her. She enjoyed that moment so much and I snapped a photo of her. It was a great afternoon and I was able to get many fun photos of Mrs. Missouri Little.
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© Cyrus Tetteh, Seniors in MotionHonorable Award

Community group "Seniors in Motion" dancing at The Aretha Amphitheater in Detroit, MI.

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© Mark Coggins, Card PlayersHonorable Award

Happy time together in San Francisco’s Chinatown, CA

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© Michaela Lynch, Adopted FamilyHonorable Award

Isabel, my abuela, adopted Phina as a young girl into our family. She now has a husband and two kids. Many know her as a teacher, immigrant, or mother of three, but I know her as Abuela. “Sana, Sana” is a series about my grandmother, Isabel. “Sana, Sana”, meaning heal, heal in Spanish, was a nursery rhyme my grandmother used to say to me whenever I was hurt as a little kid. Even though she practically raised me as a child, creating this project with her made me realize a lot more about her than I knew going into it. Lately, she talks a lot about the struggles of getting older and having to let go of some of the activities that were once easy for her. Arthritis, hip surgery, and just getting older are starting to take a toll on her. As I help her through simple life tasks by helping her stand up from a chair or get groceries, I feel as though the roles are reversed and now I am saying “sana, sana” to her. Her humor and positive outlook on life is something that shines through these images, and it’s also a trait I strive to have throughout the tougher years of my life. As I mix portrait and documentary photography with her handwriting, I hope for others to enjoy the simple pockets of her life just as much as I do. At the end of this series, I hope that others can see the beauty in her life that she sometimes doesn’t see.

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© Joanna Madloch, In StyleHonorable Award

Photographing the elderly on the streets of New York City serves as a nuanced exploration into the aesthetics of aging, juxtaposing the city's relentless dynamism with the quiet dignity of its oldest inhabitants. This endeavor seeks not merely to document, but to elevate the visibility of a demographic often overlooked, rendering their presence in a context that emphasizes the complexity and texture of their experiences. Through a careful composition of light, shadow, and urban backdrop, each photograph aims to capture a fragment of the city's living history, highlighting the elegance and gravitas that come with age. This project is a testament to the enduring human spirit, showcasing the beauty found in the layers of stories and wisdom accrued over the years, inviting a deeper contemplation on the nature of beauty and resilience in the urban tapestry.

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© Mark Zilberman, Aging WellHonorable Award

An image of two Hasidic Jews of the Satmar sect in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY. This was shot on June 5, 2022. It was the second day of Shavuot, a Jewish observance. The word Shavuot means "weeks" and marks the end of the Counting of the Omer. The Torah mandates that the seven-week Counting of the Omer, which begins on the second day of Passover, be immediately followed by Shavuot.

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© Steven Hauptman, Sour Note, Honorable Award

Dave McMurray is a local (Detroit) jazz legend. As a musician, composer and producer he has played on albums for many classic rock and blues acts, from The Rolling Stones to Bob Dylan. What I love about jazz music is it's improvisation form of expression. Which is a perfect fit for my style of tightly cropped, close-up photography as jazz musicians are typically very expressive. 

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© Helen Nahoopii Takata, American Samoan WomanStaff Pick
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© Allen Vu, Tai Tung HarryStaff Pick
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© Cynthia Abatt, Glorias Faith, Staff Pick
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© Nicole Mordecai, Family Reunion Fun, Staff Pick
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© Richard Stevens, Family Treed, Staff Pick
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© Richard Stevens, Bench Strength, Staff Pick
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© Elliot Margolies, Sally Shel Sari, Staff Pick
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© Kathleen Drennan, Almost Sisters, Staff Pick
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© Michael Paras, Donkey Farmer, Staff Pick
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© Connie Springer, Gordon and Paco, Staff Pick
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© Catherine Goode, A Friendship, Staff Pick
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© Connie Springer, Saimi at 100, Staff Pick
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© Michael Paras, Alpaca662, Staff Pick
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© Dennis Krupinski, Loving Nature
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© Mariia Sokor, Old and Young, Staff Pick
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© Karen Lozinski, Contentment After Cake, Staff Pick
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© Mariia Sokor, Granny with Grannyson, Staff Pick
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© Dennis Krupinski, Teaching nature, Staff Pick
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© Mariia Sokor, Happy Granny, Staff Pick
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© Steven Smith, Grandma and the Birthday cake, Staff Pick
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© Steven White, 50th Anniversary with 5 Grandchildren, Staff Pick
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© Colleen Hennessy, Aztlan Theater Bar
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© Hal Kahn, Eternal Valentines, Staff Pick
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© Connie Springer, Henry and Bea, Staff Pick
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© Elliot Margolies, Michael & Catherine Toast, Staff Pick
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© Elliot-Margolies, Deb Jan, Staff Pick
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© James Morar, Women in Plaid, Staff Pick
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© Kathleen Drennan, Music Outside, Staff Pick
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© Mary Fowler, Porch Pirate Fiddler, Staff Pick
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© Mark Coggins, Banjo Player, Staff Pick
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© Karen-Lozinski, Big Chief Alfred at Indian Practice, Staff Pick
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© Barbara Gibson, Jacques
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© Shaoyi Zhang, Li Yan, Staff Pick
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© Alex Eggleston, Papa with his Portrait, Staff Pick
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© Nicole Mordecai, LexArt Gallery Visitor, Staff Pick
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© Michael Paras, Businessman, Staff Pick
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© Nicole Mordecai, Everyone Loves Cupcakes, Staff Pick
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© James Jung, Her Time Alone
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© Lindsey Morrison Grant, Gone Fishin, Staff Pick
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© Michael Paras, Bee Keeper212, Staff Pick
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© Charles, Mintz of 45-Enhanced, Staff Pick
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© Barbara Kalina, Mom visits Athens NY gallery for my show
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© Catherine Goode, Woman Amid Flowers, Staff Pick
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© Colleen Hennessy, Dame Bubette, Staff Pick
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© Marie Simonova, Mother 2, Staff Pick
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© Virginia Kluiters, RightToRebirth Valerie1, Staff Pick
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© Leroy Skalstad, Street Portraiture, Staff Pick
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© Steven Hauptman, Detroit Proud, Staff Pick
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© Allen Vu, My Other Great AuntStaff Pick
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© Hal Kahn, The Refugee, Staff Pick
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© MaryDanz, Aged To Perfection, Staff Pick
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© James Morar, VFW Respect Honor and Support, Staff Pick
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© MaryDanz, The Library Within, Staff Pick
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© Lindsey Morrison, Grant Mose, Staff Pick
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© Cynthia Isakson, Gloria, Staff Pick
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© Hal Kahn, The Busker, Staff Pick
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© Barbara Kalina, Mom in Nature---enjoying the good life
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© Hal Kahn, The Teacher, Staff Pick 
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© Rory Hejtmanek, Tomi Portrait, Staff Pick
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© William MacCollum, NoraStaff Pick
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© Qiuyi Zhang, Grandma, Staff Pick
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© Hal Kahn, A Certain Smile, Staff Pick
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© William MacCollum, GracielaStaff Pick
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© Mark Coggins, Ushanka, Staff Pick
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© Charles Mintz, Lakeside Dave Enhanced-NR
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© Ann Rosen, Nona
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© Charles Mintz of 6 Enhanced
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© Barbara Kalina, Mom enjoying a glass of wine at a reception
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© Charles Mintz, Enhanced NR
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© Colleen Hennessy, Bob Pope and Clinton
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© Colleen Hennessy, Bobby and Peggy
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© Connie Springer, The Roneys
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© Cynthia Abatt, Melissa and Maureen
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© Ann Rosen, Alizah and Lee
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© Elliot Margolies, Annie Hank small
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© Colleen Hennessy, jason and sandra
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© Connie Springer, Oma and Her Granddaughter
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© Colleen Hennessy, Rosie McLoughlin
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© Barbara Gibson, Mrrs.Missouri 2
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© Ann Rosen, Gary and baxter
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© Cynthia Isakson, Vicky
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© Cynthia Isakson, Vicky and her parents
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© Cyrus Tetteh, R.Shumake
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© Elliot Margolies, Deb LIsbonKimono
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© Cyrus Tetteh, R.Shumake 2
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© Hal Kahn, The Miner
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© Hal Kahn, A Woman of Prayer
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© Catherine Goode, A Bird In Hand and Another On The Way, Staff Pick
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© Elliot Margolies, Carmi Lance 
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© Virginia Kluiters, RightToRebirth Valerie2
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© Elliot Margolies, Craig
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© Hal Kahn, Aging Isn't EAsy
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© Hal Kahn, The Professor
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© James Morar, Johnny Appleseed Festival Dan
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© Connie Springer, Gert the Librarian
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© Connie Springer, The Artist
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© James Morar, Johnny Appleseed Festival Hal
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© Charles Mintz of 77 Enhanced
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© James Morar, Living the Dream Sharing a Harley
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© James Morar, Navy Grandma
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© James Morar, Parade Spectator
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©Alexandra Shayakhmetova, peruvian artist portrait
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© James Morar, Red White and True Blue
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© Connie Springer, Wedded and Bliss
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© Cynthia Abatt, Together in community
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© Barbara Gibson, I Hear You Mom
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© Ann Rosen, Dawn
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© Ann Rosen, Matt and Jude
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© Karen Lozinski, Efrem and Mom
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© Mariia Sokor, Lovly Family
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© Ann Rosen, Hanna and her family
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© Kathleen Drennan, Longtime Friends
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© Mariia Sokor, Love
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© Karen Lozinski, Lotsa Love for Jewel
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© Marie Simonova, Mother 1
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© Alexandra Shayakhmetova, elegant CIO portrait
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© Kathleen Drennan, Michael
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© Kathleen Drennan, Traveling
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© Alexandra Shayakhmetova, passionate motorcyclist darvin
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© Karen Lozinski, Portrait of Cyril
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© Kathleen Drennan, Online
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© Connie Springer, Marjorie
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© MaryDanz, ICelebrateMe
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© Anastasia Paliuh, At another time
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© Katya Veksler, Stroll
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© Kathleen Drennan, 100th Birthday
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© Gwendolyn Bartlett, My Gigee 2
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© Gwendolyn Bartlett, My Gigee 1
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© Katya Veksler, Barks
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© James Jung, Mom Haircut
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© Alexandra Shayakhmetova, brazilian woman portrait
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© Alexandra Shayakhmetova, Portrait of marilyn
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© Lindsey Morrison Grant, Morning Mimosas
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© Kip Sudduth, Native American
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© Margo Love, My Friend 1
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© Margo Love, My Friend 2
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© Mariia Sokor, Granny
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© Connie Springer, Judge Pledging in Court
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© Elliot Margolies, Francine and her Pearls
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© Mariia Sokor, Happy Oldman
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© Mark Coggins, Looking Forward
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© Mark Coggins, Trubador
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© Michael Paras, Sheep Farmer341
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© Michael Paras, Alpaca551
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© MaryDanz, Favorite Companions
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© Richard Stevens, Her Happy Place
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© Mariia Sokor, My Melody
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© Mariia Sokor, Bee Keeper
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© James Morar, Piper
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© Mark Coggins, Warding Off the Chill
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© Michael Paras, Sheep Farmer724
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© Mark Zilberman, Aging Well 2
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© MaryDanz, I m Groovy
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© Mark Zilberman, Aging Well 3
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© Mark Zilberman, Aging Well 4
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© Cyrus Tetteh, Rev. Jesse Jackson paying RESPECT
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© MaryDanz, My Life in Stages
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© Lindsey Morrison Grant, Remaining Curious 
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© Stanley Weaver, Aging Grace
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© Mark Zilberman, Aging Well 5
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© Mark Zilberman, Aging Well 6
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© Mark Zilberman, Aging Well 8
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© Mark Zilberman, Aging Well 9
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© Tanya Ahmed, Ray 3Staff Pick
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© Michael Paras, Sheep Farmer517
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© Mary Fowler, Bachelor Uncle Meets First Great Nephew
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© Mary Fowler, Dance Like No One s Watching
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© Mary Fowler, Girlfriends Are Everything
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© Mary Fowler, Laughing at the Selfie View
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© Mary Fowler, They Only Have Eyes for Each Other
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© Rory Hejtmanek, Skwish In Yosemite
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© Nicole Mordecai, Halloween Dress up
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© Nicole Mordecai, LexArt Metalworkers
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© Mariia Sokor, National Tunis Woman
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© Shaoyi Zhang, Doris Ling Cohan
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© Shaoyi Zhang, Nina Kuo
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© Joanna Madloch, Music For Everyone
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© Joanna Madloch, Red Head
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© Joanna Madloch, Timeless Red
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© Karen Lozinski, Baby Doll in Purple
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© Karen Lozinski, Baby Dolls and Parasols
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© Karen Lozinski, Aunt Chucky Celebrates a Milestone
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© Karen Lozinski, Hand on Hip
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© Joanna Madloch, Visibility
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© Joanna Madloch, Uptown
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© Mark Tegtmeier, My Friend Richard 6
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© Mark Tegtmeier, My Friend Richard 7
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© Elliot Margolies, DeborahVote small
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© Mark Tegtmeier, My Friend Richard 8
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© Mark Tegtmeier, My Friend Richard 9
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© Mark Tegtmeier, My Friend Richard 
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© Mark Tegtmeier, My Friend Richard 10
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© Rose Davis, Pushing Hands
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© Nicole Mordecai, Fitness Class
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© Nicole Mordecai, Chair Tennis
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© Nicole Mordecai, Refugee Artisan Weaving
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© Nicole Mordecai, Refugee Artisan Decorative Arts
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© James Jung, Strong Strangers
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© Terri Swinburnson, Catch me
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© Alexandra Shayakhmetova, woman golfer portrait
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© Qiana Martin, Matching Pieces
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© Virginia Kluiters, RightToRebirth Valerie3
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© Virginia Kluiters, RightToRebirth Erika2
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© Terri Contreras, My Bonus Daughter's Wedding
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© Rose Davis, New Friends
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© Victor Casillas, Wisdom
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© Mark Tegtmeier, My Friend Richard 3250032
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© Terri Contreras, Cinco De Mayo Celebration
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© Victor Casillas, Waiting
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© Michaela Lynch, Susan
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© Michaela Lynch, Spa Day
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© Michaela Lynch, Making Diner
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© Qiana Martin, One Mama Two Stylists
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© Victor Casillas, Carnival
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© Meerab Chaudhry, The Timeless Artist
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© Joanna Madloch, Smile
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© Meerab Chaudhry, The Time Travelers
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© Steven White, Aging with Grace
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© Steven White, Octogenarian Still Harvests His Grapes
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© Catherine Goode, Wisdom Youth
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© Qiuyi Zhang, Whisper in Wind 3
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© Angie Keller, Entwined Reflections
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© Angie Keller, One Final Salute
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© Angie Keller, Enigma Revealed