Faith and Photography Contest

Glory to Jesus Christ! Glory Forever!

With the blessing of our Hierarchs, we are pleased to announce a new opportunity for the youth of our church to express their faith.
The Consistory Office of Youth & Young Adult Ministry wants to encourage youth and young adults to explore their creative talents and to glorify God through art, with the 3rd Annual Ukrainian Orthodox Church Faith and Photography Contest.

Part of our mission, is to provide youth and college aged young adults the opportunity to become more involved with their faith, while showcasing the talented and creative youth we have within in our Ukrainian Orthodox Churches. We want our youth to realize that having fun and utilizing creativity can be manifested in a project that shows how they correlate their life with their faith.

Provided in this packet are the rules and entry information for the contest. We ask that you encourage all youth and college students to participate. Deadline for entries is November 15. Prizes will be awarded for first and second place. To broaden the experience and best utilize social media, we will be allowing individuals to view the submissions on-line and vote for their favorite! A People's Choice winner will be awarded in each category.

Questions about the contest may be made to the Office of Youth & Young Adult Ministry at

In Him
Natalie Kapeluck Nixon
Consistory Office of Youth & Young Adult Ministry
Entry Form
Rules and Regulations PDF
Topics and Age Categories PDF
Topics and Age Categories PDF(Ukr)
Media Release and Consent Form
How the Contest Works!

There are four age groups, each provided with a different topic based on the theme In His Image. The contestant is able to photograph something that inspires them based on the topic requirements.

Make sure to review the rules and regulations to make sure your photo makes the grade.

Submitt your photo by November 15 to with the needed entry form.

The photos will be displayed onine until December 15th. At that time our winners and runners-up will be announced.

The world is also able to vote! On-line voting will be accepted for a Peoples's Choice Winner!
Age Groups and Topics

Ages 6-9 Younger Children: It is by your holding fast to the word of life that I can boast on the day of Christ that I did not run in vain or labor in vain. Philippians 2:16 Take a picture of someone that is a champion in your life. Who is very good at telling other about the Lord Jesus. Who is very good at heping others.

Ages 10-12 Older Children: I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. From now on there is reserved for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that Day. II Timothy 4:7-8 Compose a picture of yourself being active within the Orthodox Faith, ultimately being a Champion of the Faith

Ages 13-18 Teenagers: Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with perserverance the race that is set before us. Hebrews 12:1 Snap a picture of a time that you believe was necessary to put aside things that were important to you, and instead offered a hand to help someone else.

Ages 18-22 College Aged Students: Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. Well, I do not run aimlessly, I do not box as one beating the air; but I pommel my body and subdue it, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified. I Corinthians 9:25-27
As Orthodox Christians we are all running towards wanting to serve Christ. Capture a snapshot of a moment where you or have seen someone "race" towards serving Christ, showing their journey of being a true Champion of the Orthodox Faith.
Winning Prizes

1st Place Winners will receive a waterproof sports action camera! Use of the winning photos will be used as a profile image on one of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA social media sites and featured in the Ukrainian Orthodox Word.

2nd Place Winners will receive an Amazon Gift Card!

All participants will receive a small gift of thanks for their participation!
Rules and Regulations

1. Inappropriate language or images will not be tolerated in the submissions. (i.e. no photo should be taken in the bathroom/restroom)

2. The parent/guardian of the contestant should not be responsible for taking the photo. By entering the contest, entrant represents, acknowledges and warrants that the submitted photograph is an original work created solely by the entrant, that the photograph does not infringe on the copyrights, or intellectual property rights of any person or entity, and that no other party has an right, title, claim or interest in the photograph.

3. There is no limit as to where you can take the photo as long as it is in accordance with rule #1 (i.e., in church, Outside, inside, park)

4. If the individuals, other than family members, are in the photo a media consent form (provided in this packet) should be signed by the individual or their parent if under the age of 18.

5. The participant should provide an explanation of the photo, what the photo means to them and how it correlates to the topic/theme. (elementary:1-2 sentences) (middle/secondary: 2-3) (high school/college: 3-4 sentences)

6. Theme should be identifiable (not a small and/or hard to miss detail).

7. Photo should have special meaning to the contestant.

8. We are not responsible for any loss of photo. The photo submission should be sent to Office of Youth & Young Adult Ministry at

9. The photo must be in digital format. Any digital enhancements to the original photograph are unacceptable and will render the photograph ineligible for an award.

10. All submissions must be either JPEG or PNG file formats.

11. All submissions must be at least 1600 pixels wide (or tall if a vertical image) , but 2,048 pixels is preferred

12. Final day for submissions is November 1, 2017.

13. Contestant are willing to release rights to the photo to the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA for use in future publications not limited to print and social media.

Entry Deadline November 1, 2017
Voting for People's Choice Begins Now!

Enjoy the beautiful photos and ask your friends, family and parishes to vote!