INTERNATIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY COMPETITION
HERITAGE OF STONE AND HEAVEN
World Cultural Heritage of Serbia
EXTENDED DEADLINE: FEBRUARY 9, 2022!
Due to popular demand, the competition deadline has been extended!
The Competition invites photographers from all over the world to submit photographs depicting the world cultural heritage of Serbia as designated by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
Between October 25, 2021 and December 30, 2021, we are accepting original photographs that are inspired by: a) landmarks that are declared UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Serbia: medieval monasteries Studenica and Stari Ras with Sopoćani, Serbian medieval monuments in Kosovo and Metohija - monasteries Visoki 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; b) 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; and c) Serbia’s documentary heritage that has been inscribed in UNESCO Memory of the World register.
Before entering, please read submission guidelines. For more information about UNESCO world cultural heritage of Serbia, visit our HERITAGE page. We look forward to seeing YOUR depiction of the rich cultural tapestry of Serbia!
1st Prize: $1000 · 2nd Prize: $500 · 3rd Prize: $300
Finalists will have their work featured in our exhibit and catalogue
To preserve the world’s most treasured tangible and intangible cultural monuments, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) uses strict criteria when selecting world heritage sites to be inscribed on its lists. 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.
Among the carefully selected landmarks to be preserved and promoted due to their immense value for humanity, their artistic, cultural, social and historic importance, four sites in Serbia have earned the distinction of being declared UNESCO World Heritage sites. The World Heritage List includes medieval Serbian monasteries Studenica and Stari Ras with Sopoćani, Serbian medieval monuments in Kosovo and Metohija - namely, monasteries Dečani, Patriarchite of Peć, Gračanica and church Our Lady of Ljeviš, as well as unique tombstones specific to this part of the world, known as stećci. For more information, visit our medieval monasteries page. The magnificent Gamzigrad / Felix Romuliana palace, a landmark from classical antiquity has also secured their place on the list.
Three Serbian traditions found their place on the UNESCO’s list of intangible cultural heritage of humanity: Slava - a celebration of a family patron saint’s day; Kolo - a traditional folk dance in which dancers hold hands, forming a circle and Singing to the accompaniment of the gusle. To this day, skilled guslars sing about numerous events from national history as a symbol of national memory and a means of preserving centuries-long cultural identity. For more information, visit our intangible cultural heritage page.
Among numerous collections, archives, manuscripts and documents from all over the world, UNESCO’s Memory of the World Register lists documentary heritage found in Serbia’s museums and archives which corresponds to the strict selection criteria regarding significance and outstanding universal value: The Miroslav Gospel, a manuscript from 1180, the Nikola Tesla’s Archive, and the Telegram of Austria-Hungary`s declaration of war on Serbia. For more information, visit our memory of the world page.
MEMBERS OF THE JURY
Svetlana Rogić is the founder and president of Art Exchange Inc. Svetlana 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 Gracanica Cultural Center and President of the Association of Journalists of Serbia.
Iwan Bagus is 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.
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2021 PHOTO CONTEST
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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. Produced in collaboration with our partners in Washington, DC and Belgrade, Serbia the photo exhibits will take place in the heart of each city.
COVID-19 protocol to be followed.
Events here >> Calendar of exhibitions (coming soon)
YOUR WORK PRINTED & PUBLISHED
Join us by submitting your photos and get a chance to see your work printed and published in our annual competition photobook. We will be featuring all our award-winning photographers and finalists. This unique collection of photographic work will be available for purchase and distributed worldwide.
E-Photobook .pdf here >> FREE DOWNLOAD (coming soon)
WE RESPECT ARTIST'S RIGHTS
Together we yearn to discover amazing images while applying strict ethical rules in the selection process of the photo competition. All photographers retain full copyrights for their work.