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Casa Antonia Photography Competition announces winners

Mr Joe P. Smith has been declared the winner of the 10th Anniversary Photography Competition
which was launched earlier this year by Casa Antonia Nursing and Residential
Home in Balzan. His entry, which was deemed by the panel of judges as the best
example in photographically and originally capturing the competition’s theme
“The Elderly – positive aging”, will be featured on the front cover of the
upcoming Casa Antonia’s 2014 Annual Calendar.


This was announced during the prize giving ceremony held at Casa Antonia. The Hon
Parliamentary Secretary for Rights for Persons with Disability and Active Aging
Dr Franco Mercieca presented the winner with a €1,000 prize and an original
trophy, designed by Matthew Vella.  Z.I Photography, consisting of
Geoffrey Cachia and Filofteia Galea Gheorgita, won the second place, while the
third placing was awarded to Denise Scicluna.  The other finalists who
placed from 4th to 13th place are (in alphabetical order): Ray Agius, Jonathan
Borg, Anthony Rizzo, Bertram Vella, Sandra Vella, and Darrin Zammit Lupi. 


The competition attracted 126 entries submitted by 40 participants including professionals,
artists and photo enthusiasts. All the 13 finalist photos are featured in Casa
Antonia’s 2014 annual calendar.


In a short comment to mark the occasion, the Parliamentary Secretary Dr Franco
Mercieca congratulated the winners and all those who participated in
the competition. In reference to the competition’s theme, he said that an
active lifestyle in old age is associated with more fulfilling
experiences.   He also noted, however, that in today’s world
elderly people must pass though significant changes. He explained that elderly
people do not only experience physical changes, but must also face changes in
their social relationships and their working lives.
Dr Mercieca highlighted the importance of maintaining a positive
attitude towards old age so that elderly people in this country continue to
feel good and have a sense of control as they face this part of
their life-cycle. The Parliamentary Secretary said that the elderly
people who grow older in a positive way live longer and healthier, and benefit
from a better quality of life. He concluded by encouraging more initiatives
such as this one that help to promote positive aspects of old age.


Opened in 2003,
Casa Antonia has established itself as one of Malta’s top nursing and
residential homes, offering long-term care, short-stay convalescence, and respite
care. The residence is spread over a large area of tastefully decorated spaces
in classic design and surrounded by lavish gardens, offering a comfortable
accommodation for 130 residents, which can be enjoyed in single rooms, sharing,
or apartments. 



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