Colours of Orthodoxy. Finland

Deadline for the photo competition Colours of Orthodoxy. Finland has been extended until September 11th.

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

How to participate


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

The Church of Finland

The Orthodox Church of Finland

With its roots in the medieval Novgorodian missionary work in Karelia, the Orthodox Church of Finland was a part of the Russian Orthodox Church until 1923. Today the church has three dioceses and 59,000 members that account for 1.1 percent of the native population of Finland. Since 1923 the Orthodox Church of Finland belongs to the Ecumenical Patriarchate as an Autonomous 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.


The Publishing Department 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 and Media Partners



Contest regulations are available in PDF file

PDF file


The following prizes are available in this competition:

Grand Prix: 400 EURO
1st prize in each category: 200 EURO + set of albums Colours of Orthodoxy
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)

Most emotional photo: 200 EURO - additional prize offered by Andrzej Parafiniuk - Honorable Consul of Finland in Bialystok

All monetary prizes will be issued as bank transfers.

The Organizer will report monetary prizes above 100 euros to the Incomes Register.

Winners will be responsible for reporting any winnings in their tax return.

How to participate

Entering the competition is free of charge.
Entries must be received before 11th of September 2020.
Participants may submit maximum 6 photos in each category.
Early bird: due to Coronavius pandemics we encourage you to look through your archives and if you sent your application before 31st of May you will not lose your limits (you can send 6 photos per category until 31st May and the same amount after this date).
Photos need to be sent together with title and author details (name, address and telephone number) to this address For description please use participation 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 20MB.

All photographs must be photographer's own work, and he must legally hold the copyright to them
Photos can be uploaded to site.


The Jury of this Contest is International and consists of 5 members

Berndt Arell, Photo: Sanna Sjöswärd

Berndt Arell /head/

Art Historian, Chairman of the Finnish Orthodox Parish in Stockholm, Sweden. Exhibithion Producer for Fotografiska – Museums of Photography in Stockholm, Tallinn and New York. Former Director General of Swedish National Museum with Prince Eugen´s Waldemarsudde. Former Museum Director of Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art

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”.

Liisa Heikkilä-Palo, fot. Henna Hietainen

Liisa Heikkilä-Palo

Cultural director ( emerita )
Publisher (emerita)
Chiefeditor of Ikonimaalari magazine
Produced several books of Fine art photography

Teresa Töntsi, fot. Henna Hietainen

Teresa Töntsi

Director of the Orthodox Church Museum of Finland - RIISA, Kuopio. Executive director of the Orthodox Church Museum of Finland Foundation. Master of Arts, Historian of Cultural history, University of Helsinki. Member of the Editorial staff of Icon & Culture -publication. Edited several books of history. Several articles of the collections of RIISA.

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.


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.Finland
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