Easter in Christian East

photo contest by Interparliamentary Assembly on Orthodoxy (I.A.O.)

The competition website received visits from interested from almost 100 countries. The contest received over 1000 photos (1,098) from 228 photographers.
The jury reached the following conclusions:
• The picture quality is excellent.
• Very large number of photographs is within the given theme.
• The photos submitted to the contest by professional photographers and amateurs.
In the Senate Hall at the House of the Hellenic Parliament from 25 June to 5 July 2013 will expose the 80 best photos of the contest.

During the anniversary annual general assembly for the twenty years of I.A.O. in the premises of the Greek Parliament will give the awards received by:

1st prize 1200€.
Awarded to Archmandrite Ioakeim Sotiropoulos (Greece)for the photograph "The Crucifixion of Christ - Good Friday."

more about author: http://www.eiao.org/default.aspx?pageid=1104

2nd prize 800€.
Awarded to independent photographer from Jerusalem Gali Tibbon for the photograph “Jerusalem Good Friday”.

more about author: http://www.eiao.org/default.aspx?pageid=1105

3rd prize 500€.
Awarded to Vladimir Osintsev (Russia) for the photograph “Palm Sunday”.

more about author: http://www.eiao.org/default.aspx?pageid=1106

Certificates of award is received by:

1st award.
1st certificate of award. Is presented to Ms. Anastasia Karakatsani (Greece) for the photograph ”Procession of the Epitaph”.

2nd award.
2nd certificate of award. Is presented to Aleksa Stojković (Serbia) for the photograph ” Be ye lift up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in”.


 Contest regulations are available in PDF file here:

The contest is organized to present the diversity and beauty of the celebration of the most important feast in Orthodox Church. Through this contest, which will culminate with an album and an exhibition, we want to show how the great feast of Pascha is celebrated in a variety of Orthodox cultures.

We are looking for images from Great Lent, Holy week, Palm Sunday, Easter, Ascension and Pentecost.

ORTHPHOTO is a unique project and website which involves both professional photographers and amateurs who want to share their photographs representing the beauty of the Orthodox Christian faith around the world.

ORTHPHOTO contains over 60,000 photographs from 70 countries – from Brazil to China, from Russia to Uganda. The website attracts more than 1,300 people from over 100 countries each day, and now exists in 10 language versions.


The Interparliamentary Assembly on Orthodoxy (I.A.O.) is an interparliamentary body, set up upon the initiative of the Hellenic Parliament.

Parliamentary delegations from Member Parliaments of the organisation participate, namely: Albania, Armenia, Belarus, Bulgaria, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, Georgia, Greece, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Poland, Romania, the Federation of Russia, Serbia, Montenegro, Slovakia and Ukraine, as well as, groups of Members of Parliaments from: Australia, Asia, Africa and the U.S.A.



The Competition is organized by the Interparliamentary Assembly on Orthodoxy (I.A.O.) in cooperation with the OrthPhoto.net to honour the 20th Anniversary of the I.A.O.


The winners will be announced during the 20th General Assembly of the Interparliamentary Assembly on Orthodoxy (I.A.O.) in the end of June 2013.

The following prizes are available in this Contest:

1st prize 1200€

2nd prize 800€

3th prize 500€

All prizes are sponsored by the Interparliamentary Assembly on Orthodoxy (I.A.O.).

How to participate

Entering the competition is
free of charge.

Entries must be received between
1st of February and 1st of June 2013.

Participants may submit
maximum 7 photos each.

Photos need to be sent together with Title and author details
(name, address and telephone number) to this address

The quality and size of the photograph should be:
no smaller than 2000 pixels
in either width, or height (It’s best to send the original file) the maximum size of the photo file is 18MB.

All photographs must be photographer's own work,
and he must legally hold the copyright to them


The Jury of this Contest is International and consists of 6 people, four professional photographers and the two advisors of the I.A.O.

1. Peter Williams (head)

From Tokyo’s Imperial Palace to the Altiplano in Bolivia and from the oil rigs in the North Sea to the Aboriginal communities of northern Australia. No other expression better summarises Peter Williams’ international career, which until now has covered assignments in more than 110 countries.


2. Costis Antoniadis

Professor of Photography at the Department of Photography and Audiovisual Arts of the Technological Institute of Athens. He studied Physics and works as a professional photographer since 1974. He is a cofounder of the Photography Center of Athens and curator of several photography exhibitions in Greek and International Festivals since 1979. He was appointed as director of the Photography Museum of Thessalonica from 2003 to 2005. His photographs were exhibited in individual and group shows. He is a writer of numerous texts and studies and editor of photographic publications.


3. Boris Sysoev

Professional photographer and journalist. As a photo‑journalist traveled throughout the Soviet Union. He worked at the State Tretyakov Gallery, in the newspaper "Tribune", "Alphabet" as well as in the media‑group "Freedom of speech".

As a photographer he worked for five years for the Easter Festival of Valery Gergiev. For many years he took pictures of religious Orthodox ceremonies, portraits of clergy, parishioners at the Trinity‑Sergius Lavra and Mount Athos.

4. Aleksander Wasyluk

An editor and one of the founders of www.orthphoto.net. An editor of a Polish website about and for orthodox believers www.cerkiew.pl. Currently working for a photo educational project, www.szerokikadr.pl, with Nikon Poland.

Thanks to SYNDESMOS visited and explored many places connected with Orthodox religion and hopes to do much more in the future.


5. Konstantinos Mygdalis

Dr of Theology, Architect, Advisor of the Interparliamentary Assembly of Orthodoxy. Member of the Organisational Committee of Pan‑European Congress „Orthodoxy in the New European Reality” (1993) organised by the Greek Parliament. Founding member of the Centre for Ecumenical Studies and Inter‑Orthodox Information seated in Thessaloniki.


6. Valery Alexeev

Ph.D. in Philosophy, Advisor to the Interparliamentary Assembly on Orthodoxy, specialist on religions, one of the outstanding specialists around the world on research for the church‑state relations in Russia in the XXth century. Advisor to the Chairman of the State Duma of the Russian Federation, 1994–2004. Founder (1995) and President of the International Foundation of the Union of the Orthodox nations, the Trustee Council (of which is under the auspices of the Holy Patriarch of Moscow and all Russians, Alexiy II, starting from the founding date).



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