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An International photography contest invites you to photograph sacred natural sites

An International photography contest invites you to photograph sacred natural sites

The Hiite Maja Foundation, the union of the followers of the Estonian indigenous religion Maavalla koda, and the University of Tartu Centre of Sacred Natural Sites organise the 9th international photography contest on sacred natural sites. The purpose of the contest is to celebrate and promote the cultural and natural heritages of sacred natural sites, to record their current state, and to encourage people to visit and care for the sacred sites.

The theme of the contest is historical, natural (not built) sacred sites: sacred groves and hills, water bodies, trees, stones and other natural objects where Estonian ancestors used to pray, heal, sacrifice, commune and perform other rituals, but images of sacred natural sites taken in other parts of the world are welcome, too.

The contest’s grand prize is 1,000 euros. There is also a youth prize of 200 euros for contestants up to, and including the age of 16, as well as a special ‘Ural Peoples’ prize of 300 euros. A number of thematic prizes will be handed out in the following categories: grove, sacred tree, stone, water body, offering, pain of the sacred grove, story, nature conservation and more.

You may submit your photos by 31 October 2016 here

Winners will be honoured at an award ceremony in Tartu, Estonia, at the end of 2016.

The contest is sponsored by the Kindred Peoples Programme, the Estonian Folklore Archives, Wiedemanni Translation Bureau and many other organisations and enterprises. More information can be found here

Photo: 2015 winner photo, the Oak of Tamme-Lauri in Urvaste, by Martin Mark.