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Call for entries - Photo-Diaconia International Photography Competition

Organizers: Milostiv Charity

Period: 1 June 2018 г. - 15 August 2018 г.

Media: Bulgarian National Radio, Radio Sofia, FOCUS Information Agency, Cultural News, pravoslavie.bg, dveri.bg, actualno.com, wishbox.org, teacher.bg

Each one of us has the chance to give our support to people in need in accordance with our abilities, either with financial means or voluntarily work, or by other gesture of compassion and mercy. “Photo-Diaconia” photography competition invites all amateurs and professional photographers to send us their photographs that inspire and show acts of mercy and care for the others. In their photographs, the photographers can show charity causes or social activities which they consider important and deserve to be seen and supported. Or, the photographs may also present particular cases of people in need or distress.

The contest was organised by idea of priest Dr. Sava (Shonky) Kokudev, (lecturer at the Faculty of Theology at Sofia University "St. Kliment Ohridski" and member of Milostov (Merciful) Association.


The best pictures will be printed and framed by us and displayed in the lobby of the Faculty of Theology of Sofia University in the autumn of 2018 (the exact dates to be confirmed). Several of the chosen photographers will be invited to participate in the project "The Children with Talent of Bulgaria" (more information read here)) and take pictures (portraits of talented children) which will be displayed in outdoor gallery in front of the National Theater "Ivan Vazov", Sofia, in the spring of 2019.


Who can take part?
All photographers, amateurs and professionals, between the age of 14 and 40. The reason why we accept photos from people who are up to 40 years old is because Photo-diaconia competition is part of another our initiative - "Creating good" (en.milostiv.org/dobrotvorchestvo) which supports young talented people in different areas like art, music and literature.

How do I participate?
Send us up to 5 photos (approximately 2000 pixels wide, 300 dpi, RGB) to email art.dobrotvorchestvo@gmail.com
If you’d like, you can also send us a short text (up to two sentences) to describe each photo. Milostov Association has the right to use the photos to promote future initiatives. By applying to the contest, you declare that the photographs you submitted are only taken by you and you do not violate any copyright, personal rights or intellectual property rights of any other person or organisation.

How about deadline?
The deadline is August 15, 2018

What is the Photograph Copyright Policy?
Photographers retains all copyrights to their own images. The photographer's name will be included wherever the photographs are displayed.



Assoc. Prof. Georgi Lozanov - critic of photography; academy professor, teaching various courses, including Press-Photography; founding member of Bulgarian Photographic Association; member of the jury of the competition "Picture of the Year - Bulgaria 2012" organised by Canon Bulgaria; media and journalist expert.
Nikolay Treyman - prolific ancestral photographer; teaching "Philosophy of Photography" course at Sofia University; head of "Paralax" photography courses; president of the oldest Bulgarian Photo Club; artist organised numerous photo exhibitions, including "Orthodox Bulgaria"; photographer of albums such as "The Golden Icons of Bulgaria". www.nikolaytreyman.com
Vesselina Velcheva - photographer, first prize winner of the photo competition organised by the Orthodox photography site Orthophoto - "The Colours of Orthodoxy. Bulgaria"; photographer organised several photo exhibitions, one of which was titled "And the Light in the Dark Shines," and presented selected moments of Orthodox worship during the Holy Week.



We received 522 images from more than 40 different countries. All of them could be seen from the following Facebook album - Photo-Diaconia - International Photography Competition

The jury has selected the following winners:
First prize - Josef Hinterleitner from Austria
Second prize - Mithail Afrige Chowdhury from Bangladesh
Third prize - Dhanushka Senanayaka from Sri Lanka and Rossi Fang from Taiwan

The winner of the Audience award is Mehdi Nazeri from Iran with 1.9 thousand Facebook votes.

You can see below the photographs of the winners. We would like to thank all 142 photographers for the great photos that they sent us. In the next few months we will organise an exhibition.

First prize - Josef Hinterleitner

Second prize - Mithail Afrige Chowdhury from Bangladesh

Third prize - Dhanushka Senanayaka

Third prize - Rossi Fang

Audience Award - Mehdi Nazeri

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