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 email@example.com.
Natalie Kapeluck Nixon
Consistory Office of Youth & Young Adult Ministry
1st Place Winners will receive a $40 Amazon
Gift Card and a custom Christmas ornament
with their winning photo!
2nd Place Winners will receive an Amazon Gift
All participants will receive a small gift of
thanks for their participation!
Congratulations to all participants!
All Ages - Photo Topic: This year the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA is celebrating 100
years in the USA. Take a photo of something or someone in your parish that shows a special
aspect of the history of YOUR parish. Explain how this photo tells a special story about the
history of your parish.
Age Category 10 - 12
1st Place - Alexandra Sabin
The picture I took shows a piece of my parish’s history
because it shows the name of the people that helped to
build the parish we currently worship in. The children of
the original benefactors(as seen in the photo) still come
to my church, which I get to see every Sunday. The
history of our parish lives with them.
2nd Place - Qorey Carter
My photo is of Bishop Joseph A. Zuk. He is
an important part of my church’s history.
When he came to serve in my church in
1931 he was Fr. Joseph Zuk. This year we
celebrated 100 years of orthodoxy in
America and I learned that Father Zuk was
ordained as the first bishop in the new
Orthodox Church of America in 1932.
Bishop Zuk was the first fulltime pastor in
our church. He continued to serve at St.
Demetrius Ukrainian Orthodox Church until
he died in 1934.
Age Category 13 -18
1st Place - Ryan Anderson
My photo is a picture of a very intricate gospel. This gospel
tells a special history about what the first parishioners of
our parish used during the liturgy. This gospel dates back
to the beginning of our church over 100 years ago. My
great-grandparents venerated the same gospel I serve
2nd Place - Clarissa Sabin
I chose to take a picture of the priest and his wife
who founded my parish. One of the parishioners of
my church is the granddaughter of this couple,
which just shows how the word of Jesus Christ can
truly last from generations to generations. 93
years ago this couple made the decision to build
my parish and I am beyond grateful for them doing
so, because I wouldn’t be who I am today without
3rd Place - Anna Swindle
This picture shows a piece of my parish's history
because it shows the time capsule of my parish.
When our parish was first built in 1941, the
builders and priests present decided to make this
capsule in order for the next generation to
discover. No one knows what is in the time
capsule, but in 2041 (100 years after the parish
was built) the time capsule will be opened by the
current members of the parish. History will be
discovered within it.
Age Category College
1st Place - Victoria Swindle
From the help of my parish priest, I was fortunate
enough to handle and look at the original
blueprints that were drawn for my parish in the
year 1927. Just two years later, the building was
complete and families along with friends came
together under the Ukrainian Orthodox faith to
worship. As the years went by, hundreds of people
have walked through the doors, and as a current
member I am proud to be apart of the rich history
of this church.