Dear pilgrims and guests of the Holy-Trinity-St. Sergius’ Lavra,
July 18, on the day of St. Sergius of Radonezh, the monastery site www.stsl.ru started a photo contest "Lavra in Focus." It is dedicated to the approaching solemnities to mark 700 years since the birth of the monastery founder: St. Sergius.
Maybe you visited the Lavra before and maybe it is your first visit and you plan to receive the grace of the monastery, take home new impressions, and of course photographs. Please, share your discovery of the Lavra with us! We would like to know how you saw the monastery, what moments stood out for you, inspired you, made you smile, or think.
The contest will run for a year, during which we hope to gather an entire palette of your photo works. They may reflect the life not only of the Lavra itself, but also of the monastery sketes and representations. There are 3categories:
“Seasons” - beautiful monastery landscapes and architecture in any time of the year.
“Close up” - portraits of our contemporaries.
“Special moment” - original shots & amazing views.
Entering the contest is easy. Please, fill out the form on the website, or send us a text form at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please, provide your first and last name, phone number, email address, the title of your photo(s), (their number), and the category. Each participant can submit up to three works in each nomination. Please, attach your photos in JPEG (JPG) format. Make sure their resolution is no less than 1024x768, size no more than 5 MB. Name your files with your last name i.e. Smith_01.jpg, Smith_02.jpg. Photos may be submitted through 18 July 2013. Photo contest results will be announced on 30 September 2013. The awards will be given on 8 October 2013, on the feast day of St. Sergius of Radonezh.
You may see other contestants’ works in the gallery on our site throughout the year, and vote for the ones you like best. A panel jury, headed by well-known photographer, monastery’s hieromonk Gabriel (Bogatchihin), will select the best works.
Contest participants will receive a memorial calendar for the year 2014 to mark 700 years since the birth of St. Sergius. It will be published in several languages. It will contain 12 best contest photos. 5 winners will receive valuable prizes and gifts. Best works will be exhibited at the "Stable" museum and other Russian exhibits. Photo with most votes will be awarded the people’s choice title. Follow the news on our website www.stsl.ru
If you have any further questions, please, contact us by phone or ask your question on our site www.stsl.ru
If you are visiting Russia and want to learn the most important historical and cultural information about the Holy Trinity-St. Sergius Lavrayou may book a Tour of the Monastery and (or)of the Sacristy of the Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra by telephone: (call in English)+7-917-55-66-012. Opening timeseveryday 9am – 5pm.
Contest entry form