Colours of Orthodoxy. Albania

International photography contest

The contest is organized to present the diversity and beauty of Orthodoxy in Albania. Through this contest, which will culminate with an album and an exhibition, we would like to present for wider audience Christian life in Albania.

    We are looking for images in these categories:
  • Churches (architecture, frescos, crosses, tombs, landscape).
  • People (ordained and lay, portrait, etc.).
  • Reportage (church events, pilgrimages, feasts, etc.).
  • Resurrected Church (the twenty-seven years of the “Resurrection” of the Orthodox Church in Albania, highlighting the various facets of the Church’s life (construction works, clergy, orthodox youth, health care, education, contribution to the culture, agricultural and humanitarian work etc.).

How to participate


Competition is organized by the Orthodox Autocephalous Church of Albania, and the Publishing Department of the Polish Orthodox Church.

The Church of Albania

The Orthodox Autocephalous Church of Albania

The Orthodox Church of Albania welcomed the message of the Gospel in the 1st century AD (Romans 15:19). In the first half of the 20th century, it arrived at the Gates of Hades. At the end of the 20th century, it intensely experienced the truth with assurance that "the gates of Hades would not overcome it" (Mt 16:18). At the beginning of the 21st century, it fully enjoys a Paschal blossoming in all aspects of its life contributing to the progress of Albania's society and to the general testimony of Orthodoxy in today's world.



This 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 95,000 photographs from 80 countries – from Brazil to China, from Russia to Uganda.


The Publishing House of Polish Orthodox Church

One of the largest companies in Poland that deals with Orthodox literature. It publishes two magazines (“Wiadomości Polskiego Autokefalicznego Kościoła Prawosławnego”, “Cerkiewny Wiestnik”), as well as literature connected to theology, history and contemporary issues of the Orthodox Church: albums, books, liturgical books, calendars, booklets, paper icons, etc. One of the main project is series of albums “Colours of Orthodoxy”, presenting a beauty and diversity of the Orthodox Church throughout the world. Up to now seven albums have been published, about: Poland, Russia, Serbia, Georgia, Romania, Bulgaria and Cyprus.


Contest regulations are available in PDF file

PDF file


The following prizes are available in this competition:

Grand Prize: 600 EURO
1st prize in each category: 200 EURO
2st prize in each category: 100 EURO
3rd prize in each category: 50 EURO
Honorable Mention: photo album from one of our or partners publications
(the number of the honorable mentions will be decided from the jury)

All financial prizes will be given as checks issued by Orthodox Autocephalous Church of Albania at award ceremony or delivered to winners to provided address.
Winners will be responsible for reporting any winnings to authorities as required by law and paying any taxes they may owe on any prize received.

How to participate

  • Entering the competition is free of charge.
  • Entries must be received before 31st of August 2019.
  • Participants may submit maximum 6 photos in each category.
  • We encourage you to upload photos also on site.
  • Photos need to be sent together with title and author details (name, address and telephone number) to this address
  • For description we reccomend to send application form.
  • 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 members

Peter Williams

Peter Williams (head)

Independent Cameraman / Photographer / Producer & Editor from Denmark, but have been based in Geneva, Switzerland for the last 25 years. In 1983 Peter joined the World Council of Churches. During the next 20 years, he supervised the WCC's audiovisual communications.
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 120 countries.

His Eminence Andon (Merdani),Metropolitan of Elbasan, Shpati and Librazhdi

His Eminence Andon (Merdani),Metropolitan of Elbasan, Shpati and Librazhdi

He studied at "Resurrection of Christ" Theological Academy in St. Vlash, Durres, from 1996 to 1999. He continued his studies in the Theological Faculty of Kapodistria National University in Athens (2002-2006) where he graduated with honors. He earned a Master’s Degree in New Testament in the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki as well as a Master’ Degree in Sociology, Psychology & Communication in ISSAT Higher Education Institution. He has also graduated from UBIS University in Geneva.

Andi Rembeci

Andi Rembeci

Byzantinologist, historian, editor, photographer. Lecturer at the Department of History of University of Tirana, Co-chair of Albanian Young Academy of Academy of Sciences of Albania, Member and Secretary of the Governing Board of the Albanian Association of By¬antine Studies. Winner of Scientific Prize for the Most Successful Young Researcher (2016) awarded by the Academy of Sciences of Albania. Author of the photographical and historical edition (4 vols) “Construction and Restoration Work of the Orthodox Autocephalous Church of Albania during the years 1992-2018”, and author of other publications in the byzantine and post byzantine history and the cultural heritage etc…

Jarosław Charkiewicz

Jarosław Charkiewicz

He graduated law faculty as Russian language and literature faculty in University in Białystok. In 2014 he earned Doctor of Theology Degree in Christian Academy of Theology in Warsaw. Former vice-president and president of the Fellowship of Orthodox Youth in Poland.Journalist, editor, writer, translator, photographer. Author of more than 20 books and hundreds of articles on the Orthodox history, theology, hagiography and iconography, as well as translations of ca. 10 books on Orthodox theology. Since 2002 a secretary of the Publishing Department of Polish Orthodox Church. Initiator of series of albums “Colours of Orthodoxy”.

Aleksander Wasyluk

Aleksander Wasyluk

President of the OrthNet Association.
Εditor 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.


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