Colours of Orthodoxy. Bulgaria

The contest is organized to present the diversity and beauty of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church. Through this contest, which will culminate with an album and an exhibition, we want to present for wider audience life of this Church.
We are looking for images in this categories: Architecture&landscape, Portrait, Reportage.



It is organized by the in cooperation with:
the Pokrov Foundation
The Publishing House of Polish Orthodox Church


ORTHPHOTO is a unique project 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 85,000 photographs from 80 countries – from Brazil to China, from Russia to Uganda.

Pokrov Foundation

The Pokrov Foundation

The Pokrov Foundation is a Bulgarian non-profit organization, dedicated to serving the mission of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church through education, publishing and social work.

The Publishing House of Polish Orthodox Church

One of the biggest companies in Poland that deal with Orthodox literature. It publishes two magazines as well as other literature connected to theology, history and contemporary issues of the Orthodox Church: albums, books, booklets, paper icons, etc.


Contest regulations are available in PDF file

PDF file


The following prizes are available in this Contest:

Grand Prix: 500 EURO
1st prize in category: vouchers to the amount of 50 BGN for puschase of Orthodox books of the Omophor Publishing House, set of albums from serie Colours of Orthodoxy
2st prize in category: album about Orthodoxy in Poland
3rd prize in category: album about Holy Mountain Grabarka
Honorable Mention: photo album from one of our partners publications

All authors whose photos will be selected for an album will receive a copy of this publication (one photo=one album).
Grand Prix is sponsored by Honorable Consul of Bulgaria in Bialystok Mr Witold Karczewski. .

How to participate

Entering the competition is free of charge.
Entries must be received before 21st of August 2017.
Participants may submit maximum 6 photos in each category.
Photos must be uploaded to site.
Photos need to be sent together with Title and author details (name, address and telephone number) and url to orthphoto 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 5 people

Aleksander Wasyluk (head)

An editor and one of the founders of Founder of a Polish website about and for orthodox believers Currently working for a photo educational project: for Nikon Poland.
Thanks to SYNDESMOS visited and explored many places connected with Orthodox religion and hopes to do much more in the future.

Penko Skumov

A freelance photographer, graphic designer and musician, co-founder of photo group Naos. He studied Art history and Cultural studies. From 2001 until now organizes and participates in many group and personal photo exhibitions. A supporter of analog photography and the classic photographic processes. His photographs are published in “Mirna”, “Christianity and Culture”, “Svet” magazines, in issues from “Omofor” publishing house etc.

Sandra Kerelezova

Graduated in both Journalism and Theology from the Sofia University "St. Clement of Ohrid". She is a member of the Pokrov Foundation team and an editor at the Pravoslavie.BG web portal.

Goran Blagoev

Historian and a journalist. He is the author and anchor of the "Faith and Society" TV programme of the Bulgarian National Television.

Atanas Dimitrov

Църковен фотограф публикуващ снимки в официалния сайт на БПЦ-БП –,в „Църковен вестник“, също така с публикации в, и в някои митрополитски страници, православни сайтове, блогове и в социалните мрежи.

Jarosław Charkiewicz

Dr of Theology, journalist, editor, writer, translator, photographer. Author of more than 20 books on the Orthodox history, theology, hagiography and iconography, as well as several translator of several books on Orthodoxy. Co-author of the photographs to the album “Colours of Orthodoxy. Georgia’ and several smaller albums, calendars, books, etc. Secretary of the Publishing Department of Polish Orthodox Church. Former president of the Fellowship of the Orthodox Youth in Poland. Initiator of series of albums “Colours of Orthodoxy”.


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