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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Natalie Kapeluck Nixon
Consistory Office of Youth & Young Adult Ministry
1st Place Winners will receive a professional
canvas print of their photo. 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
2nd Place Winners will receive an Amazon Gift
All participants will receive a small gift of
thanks for their participation!
1st Place Ages 6 -9 and
People's Choice Corey Carter:
I feel my entry relates to the topic, "
We are all made in God's image and God
is love!" because gave us His son Jesus
and Jesus loved us so much He was
willing to die on the cross for us.
1st Place Ages 13-18 Jack Lewellen:
I live in the foothills of the Blue Ridge mountains
and they are covered with vineyards. This
picture reminds me of the Fruits of the Spirit in
two ways. It reminds me of the fruits
themselves (love, joy, peace, etc) and the wine
that mystically becomes the blood of Christ in
the Eucharist that enables and nourishes the
fruits. The slight glare of the Sun calls to mind
the light of Christ that is ever and always shining
1st Place College Category - Olena Lymar:
One of my favorite aspects of a hierarchical visits to my parish is seeing the
children greet our bishops. At first the young parishioners seem intimidated by the
idea of greeting such a powerful and wise figure from the church, but as the
hierarch approaches them, he offers words of wisdom, kindness, and most
importantly love for the children and his flock. This act of kindness calms down the
young children, and after hearing the comforting lesson, they return the offer by
showing joy and welcome the leader of their church with beautiful verses and
Second Place Ages 13-18 Chris Pokotylo:
These photos were taken during our latest varenyky
making project on Tuesday, November 1, 2016. A
young, three year old girl is pictured creating her
very first varenyk. I would title my photos "The Holy
Spirit brings life to our Church, and varenyky keep it
going". I am submitting two photos because I believe
they better illustrate the work of the Holy Spirit in
our Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA. Mrs.
Irene Melnyk, a very kind and loving woman, taught
(her) how to make her first varenyk. She will carry
this knowledge for the rest of her life remembering
the love and kindness of her varenyky mentor. The
Fruit of the Spirit is love; there was a lot of love that
day at St. Mary's varenyky making project.
(13-18) Sam Chase:
Today is Veteran's
Day and that's why I
decided to pick this
photo. When I look at
it I think of saying
"God Bless America".
I think as Americans
we need to try our
best at living the way
God wants us to. This
photo was taken at
the USS Intrepid
Carrie Chase (13
I picked this photo
because it shows
me being really
active. I like to be
as active as
possible. I think
God wants us to
be active and to
participate in the
world around us. I
don't think he
wants us to sit on
the sidelines and
Second Place People's Choice
Anna Swindle: The picture I have chosen
represents joy. Everytime the sun is out and
shining down on us we smile, bringing us and
the people around us joy. As Orthodox
Christians we know we may have some cold,
weary days but we will also have some
bright, joyous days.
Honorable Mention Victoria Swindle (13 -18): As we venerate the
shroud of the Holy Mother of God, Virgin Mary on Holy Dormition,
we look at her peaceful body lying in her tomb. We as Orthodox
Christians take this time to remind ourselves of her Blessed
falling asleep. We ask the Virgin Mary to take our prayers to her
Son on our behalf.
Congratulations to all participants!
The 2017 contest will begin in September!