The winners of the first Church of the contest announced in Moscow

MOSCOW, 25 Jul — RIA Novosti. The winners of the first massive contest of the Russian Orthodox Church “Faith, hope and youth” has declared at opening of an exhibition of the finalists in the Moscow gallery of classical photography.

The photo contest was held from 10 July to 10 September 2016 in the framework of the VII International festival “Faith and Word”. The aim of the competition was the most widely and accurately show the participation of youth in life and social Ministry, Russian Orthodox Church, and also to boost the interest of vocational photosubmissive to the life of the Russian Church. The work was accepted in three categories: photo-story, single snapshot and portrait. Just the competition was attended by more than 500 photographers from different regions of Russia. The geography of participants was wide — from Germany to Sakhalin, from Kazakhstan to Yakutia, and sent the work not only of the Church photographers.

“We hope that this competition will become a regular. Annual, probably not, but we plan to continue to link its conduct with the forum “Faith and word”, held every two years”, — told reporters the head of the Patriarchal press service Alexander Volkov priest.

According to him, the initiative to organize such competition was the ground-breaking for the Church. “What we see here now is the result of our decisions… We are no longer afraid to let on the territory of the Church people who are not yet inside her. On the other hand, we are not afraid to offer the subject of the Church people who work for some by tokugen directions”, — said the representative of the Russian Orthodox Church.

The winner in the nomination “Photo-story” became Pepper Tatiana for a series of photos “Pasha man of God”, in the nomination “a Single shot” award will be given Zaikina Elena for the “Baptism during messionerskoy hike to the Urals Orthodox youth organization Veil.” The winner in the nomination “Portrait” this year the jury was unable to allocate the winner and identified two second places — Osokin Alexander and the “Before the reading of the Epistles in the temporary temple of the Twelve apostles, Spbda 2016.06.05” and Sayganov Andrew and his photo “Continuity”.

Photo contest winners will be awarded at the close of the forum “Faith and word” cash prizes and certificates. In addition, the jury highlighted some of the winners of the competition, which will award diplomas. The organizers also expressed hope that in the future will be sent more portrait photos.