Updated: Nov 1, 2021
For our English speaking audiences, we have translated the article written in Serbian, announcing our 2021 international photography competition “Heritage of Stone and Heaven - World Cultural Heritage of Serbia” from “Politika” daily, one of the oldest and most influential newspapers in the Balkans that nurtures a culture of dialogue and freedom of expression.
October 28, 2021
International Photo Competition “Heritage of Stone and Heaven - World Cultural Heritage of Serbia”
Organization Art Exchange Inc. invites photographers from all over the world to enter photo competition “Heritage of Stone and Heaven – world cultural heritage of Serbia” before December 30, 2021.
Interested photogrphers from all over the world can submit photographs inspired by the rich cultural heritage of Serbia as designated by the United Nations Education Science and Culture Organization (UNESCO).
The UNESCO World Heritage List includes cultural assets whose uniqueness, beauty and significance for people’s lives transcends national and regional boundaries and which constitute heritage of all humanity. They are places which we inherited from our ancestors and which we carefully preserve for future generations.
Between October 25, 2021 and December 30, 2021, the call for entries is open to submissions that are inspired by landmarks that are declared UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Serbia: medieval monasteries Studenica and Stari Ras with Sopoćani, medieval monuments in Kosovo and Metohija - monasteries Dečani, Patriarchate of Peć, Gračanica and church Our Lady of Ljeviš), the Gamzigrad / Felix Romuliana landmark from classical antiquity and unique tombstones specific to this part of the world known as Stećci. Photographs can also depict Serbian traditions that found their place on the UNESCO list of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity: Slava, Kolo and Singing to the accompaniment of the gusle as well as Serbia’s documentary heritage that has been inscribed in UNESCO Memory of the World register.
Members of the Jury are:
Svetlana Rogić, the founder and president of Art Exchange Inc, studied photography at the International Center for Photography in New York City with some of the world's most renowned contemporary photographers and holds a Master's degree in Arts Management from American University in Washington, DC.
Živojin Rakocević, a poet and journalist, is Director of the Gračanica Cultural Center and President of the Association of Journalists of Serbia.
Iwan Bagus, an Indonesian photographer, head of the photography division at the University of the District of Columbia and professor of photography at American University in Washington, DC.
The winner of the competition will receive monetary reward of US$1000, 2nd prize winner will receive US$500 and 3rd prize winner US$300.
The 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize winners and finalists will see their work exhibited at our annual exhibitions, to be held in Washington, DC and Belgrade, Serbia in 2022.
All rewarded photographers and filnalists will be presented in the annual catalogue of this competition. A unique printed monograph will be made available for purches and distributed worldwide.
The organizer of the photo competition is Art Exchange Inc. and media support of the project has been extended thus far by: The Embassy of the Republic of Serbia in the United States of America, Serbian Orthodox Church of St. Luke in Washington DC, SOC Eastern Dioces, Photo Association of Serbia, Association of Journalist of Serbia, Association for preservation of tradition and culture of the Valjevo region and RTS.
*"Politika" is the oldest and the most influential daily newspaper in the Balkans. In its long history "Politika" has collaborated with many important cultural and scientific creators. Among the associates of "Politika" were Nobel laureate Ivo Andric, Serbian writers and poets Milos Crnjanski, Branko Copic, Jovan Ducic, ranislav Nusic, Desanka Maksimovic and many others. Sir Winston Churchill, Thomas Mann, Edward Erio and others also wrote their texts on the pages of "Politika." Founded in 1904 by Vladislav Ribnikar, aslo editor-in-chief, today "Politika" is one of the daily newspapers that adhere to highly professional journalistic standards, a paper that nurtures a culture of dialogue and freedom of expression. The paper has several specialized regular sections, and the Culture section stands out among them. With printed circulation of more than one hundred thousand, "Politika" is sold in Serbia and the countries of the former Yugoslavia.