The areas of the competition

This is a photography competition that refers to photos of immovable churches of two separate categories: a) Ancient Churches and b) Modern Churches.

The Ancient Churches are cultural goods that are material testimonies and belong to the cultural heritage and for which special protection is required. In this case we are referring to monuments that existed until the year 1907.

The Modern Churches are the church buildings that have been built after the year 1907 until today. It is noted that the opportunity is provided to participate in the competition with photos of newly or under construction churches dedicated to the "Wisdom of God". In this case, the erection of the external structure of the new church should have been completed.

The competition concerns every Christian church that exists all over the world with the aforementioned characteristics and not only in the Orthodox world.
To assist the contestants, the I.A.O. has posted in an appendix of this text of instructions a list of about 30 well-known monumental churches dedicated to the Wisdom of God. The contestants can optionally apply for the church with which they participate in the competition to be included in the first category by presenting relevant historical documentation. The jury will decide on a similar request.

General information

This is a photography competition that concerns the artistic photographic capture of the church itself. The focus is on simple or complex buildings, and not on individual wall art objects or statues that, although they are part of the monument, however they do not reflect the monument and its condition as a whole.

Participation in the competition

The competition is open to all professional and amateur photographers from around the world. Contestants must be eighteen years old or older. The I.A.O. members and the Secretariat are not allowed to take part in the competition. Participation in the competition is free and applications must be received between 12th of March and 30st of June 2021. The Interparliamentary Assembly on Orthodoxy reserves the right, if it deems it appropriate, to extend the duration of the competition.

The rights of the competition

By participating in the competition, automatically is provided the right to the I.A.O. and Orthphoto to present publicly and reproduce the photographic material of the contestants in whole or in part, in any medium existing now or in the future. This right is given by the contestants free of charge, and without a deadline. The submitted photos to the contest will not be returned.

Acceptance of the terms of the competition

By participating, each contestant is considered to have read and agreed to the terms of the contest. Therefore, we ask each contestant to have read the terms before participating and to make sure that he has understood them and that he agrees with them. Submission of participation in the competition implies acceptance of this regulation. It is not possible to submit the participation in the competition or the right to receive the prizes, except through the agreement with the terms of the competition. These terms constitute a binding agreement between the participants and the I.A.O. on the competition.


Photos containing works of art will be accepted as long as they do not constitute copyright infringement or illegal interception. Therefore photos that are the product of theft or infringe on another person's copyright or specialty will not be eligible. All photos must be the personal work of the photographer, who must legally own their copyright.
By participating in the contest, the contestant acknowledges and guarantees that the submitted photo is an original work created exclusively by the contestant, that the photo does not infringe the copyright, trademarks, moral rights, privacy or intellectual property rights of any person or entity, and that no other person has any right, title, claim, or interest in the photo.
The photos participating in the competition must not refer to any person, group or organization without their written permission.

Hagia Sophia in numbers

55,6 m



Built in

33 m

dome in diameter

5 y 10m

construction time


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