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 1st 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 15th. 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
Winning Prizes

1st Place Winners will receive a 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 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!
Thank you for submitting your People's Choice Votes and congratulations to all participants!
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.
Entry #1 -Natalie Hamilton 1st Place
I chose missionary Bill Black. Instead of going where things are perfetly fine, he goes where things are not perfectly fine (Africa) and helps people. He used to go to our church and sometimes visits us.
Entry #2 Mariia Andrushkiv 1st Place
I very much love to participate in the services of God in the church. On this photo, I help my father when he sanctifies the water he is a priest. This is a very good time for me.

Entry #3 Alexander Lisnycnyi 2nd Place
My dad helps me with God's storys. My dad helps me with the ten commandments so then I can understand the ten commandments easier. And he helps me with the bible so I can never forget a story.
Entry #4 Arsenii Kachurenko Honorable Mention
I go to Sunday School in my church St. Lukes. We have a good teacher named Krystyna Andrushkiy. She reads interesting storys about Jesus. She is in the picture.
Entry #5 Bohdan Humenyuk - Honorable Mention
I took picture of our Sunday school teacher pani Chrystyna Andrushkiv. She is an example for me how to be a good christian.
She teaches us about God and His Holy Word. We read Bible with pani Chrystyna, learn 10 commandment and sing prayers. She is always kind to us, always in a good humor and finds something interesting from Bible to discuss and even play games so we could better understand the topic.

Entry #6 Qorey Carter - People's Choice 1st
My photo relates to the topic of Champion in my life because my photo is of someone I have become very close to through my church. I consider him to be a great champion in my life because since I was four he has stayed by my side on Sundays helping me learn how to be an altar server. He always reminds us to make Jesus a part of everything we do. I see how he loves helping others and all the good things he does for our church. He is even a teacher at the Seminary and was just ordained a Deacon. Someday I hope to be like my Champion Deacon Richard Jendras.

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.
Entry #7 Anna Swindle - 2nd Place
Instead of hanging out with friends or doing normal "teenage" things on the weekend, I help out my grandmother around her apartment and do her laundry. I could have went out with friends to the mall or even just sit on the couch and watch TV but I knew I could be using my time more wisely, even if it is just dusting and vacuuming and spending time together.
Entry #8 Victoria Swindle - 1st Place & Hightest Scoring Photo
When his Grace Archbishop Daniel came for a visit to my home parish, he granted a certificate of honor to a parishioner who reach 95 years of age. She resembled a true Champion of the Orthodox Church by being an example of a devote parishioner and positive light to everyone she talked to. Just by talking to her you could tell that she had the faith of Jesus Christ in her heart that shined through her smile.
Entry #9 Khrystyna Andrushkiv - 1st Place
To decorate these flowers, shown on this picture, it took my mother five hours. On this day my mother worked very hard and came home late. I could of helped her, but I did not, because I was tied up with other things. The next day when I saw the flowers I realized how hard it was for her by herself to do such a nice job.

College Entry 18 -22 -
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.