Colours of Orthodoxy. Cyprus

We are glad to inform You that we prolong applying to the photo contest till 10th of September 2018

We have also prepared application form, which you can use to describe pictures.

The contest is organized to present the diversity and beauty of Orthodoxy in Cyprus. Through this contest, which will culminate with an album and an exhibition, we would like to present for wider audience Christian life in Cyprus.
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.)
Occupied area (Orthodox heritage under Turkish occupation)

How to participate


Competition is organized by the Church of Cyprus,, Cyprus Photographic Society and the Publishing Department of the Polish Orthodox Church.

The Church of Cyprus

The Church of Cyprus

One of the oldest Eastern Orthodox autocephalous churches, achieving independence from the Patriarchate of Antioch and All the East in 431.

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.

Cyprus Photographic Society

Cyprus Photographic Society

The Cyprus Photographic Society was established in Nicosia in 1965. The Cyprus Photographic Society’s mission is to help develop and promote the art of photography in Cyprus.

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.

Partners / Sponsors

Cyprus Tourism Organization

Cyprus Tourism Organization

Semi-governmental organisation under the responsibility of the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Tourism. The CTO is responsible for regulating and monitoring the tourist enterprises and professionals based on the relevant legislation.


Deloitte Limited  Hellenic Mining Public Co Ltd


Contest regulations are available in PDF file

PDF file


The following prizes are available in this competition:

Grand Prix: 600 EURO
1st prize in each category: 300 EURO
2st prize in each category: 200 EURO
3rd prize in each category: 100 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 Cyprus Tourism Organization 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 10th of September 2018.
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) 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 members

Constantinos Charalambous

Constantinos Charalambous (head)

EFIAP/b, ESFIAP, HonFICS, HonFPI. President of the Central Directory Board of the Cyprus Photographic Society
He has had eleven personal exhibitions, one of which was presented in Ukraine in 2009 and another two in China in 2015 and 2016. He participated in many group exhibitions and many of his works have been distinguished both in Cyprus and abroad.

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.

Dr Christodoulos Hadjichristodoulou

Dr Christodoulos Hadjichristodoulou

Byzantinologist. Curator of the Historical Archive of the Bank of Cyprus, Member of the Committee of the Holy Synod of Cyprus about the Churches and Art, Member of the Advisory Committee of the Technical Committee on Cultural Heritage in Cyprus, as well as member of other scientific organizations and institutions

Kyriacos Arkatites

Kyriacos Arkatites

EFIAP/b. Long before digital cameras become functional, in October 1998, he presented his first personal and first Pancyprian photo exhibition in digital photography. He has gathered many photographic distinctions with at least 300 photographs accepted in international salons in more than 30 countries.

Jarosław Charkiewicz

Jarosław Charkiewicz

Dr of Theology, journalist, editor, writer, translator, photographer. Author of more than 20 books on the Orthodox history, theology, hagiography and iconography. Secretary of the Publishing Department of Polish Orthodox Church. Initiator of series of albums “Colours of Orthodoxy”.


It would really help the contest if you could place a banner on your website or blog. If you do this and let us know (by sending email to we will put you on our supporters list. We have prepared for you a set of different banners which can be used to promote the site in different ways. If you need something else, please, let us know and we will try to prepare it for you. Here are two main variants of banner and these are shown below. Choose the one you want and simply paste the html code into your website and blog. There is no need to download or upload any images.

Colours of orthodoxy.Cyprus
Colours of orthodoxy.Cyprus

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