The 2016 Sacred Groves Photography Contest is open until the end of this month, October 31st. The theme of the contest, held now for the ninth year in a row, is sacred natural (not man-made) sites: sacred groves and hills, water bodies, trees, stones and other natural objects, where people went to pray, heal, sacrifice and perform other rituals even well before the 20th century.
Tõnis Lukas, Director General of the Estonian National Museum and patron of the Sacred Groves Photography Contest, invited all heritage-minded people to photograph sacred sites. “Your participation in the Sacred Groves contest will help preserve a rare and valuable part of Estonian and world heritage. The National Museum has supported the contest before and continues to do so this year. Submit your photos and be sure to take part in the beautiful prize ceremony in the new Estonian National Museum building on 3 December 2016. Everybody with an interest in heritage is kindly welcome,” said Lukas.
28.06.10229 (2016) An International photography contest invites you to photograph sacred natural sites
An international photography contest, dedicated to historical sacred natural sites, is commencing. The goal of the contest is to commemorate the cultural and natural heritages of sacred natural sites, to record their current state, as well as to encourage people to visit and care for the sacred sites.
The seventh photo contest of Maavalla sacred natural sites drew entries from 11 countries, mainly from the Finno-Ugric peoples. The 1000 euro grand prize remained in Estonia. It was won by a photo titled “The Põhjatu Spring” taken at the sacred spring of Pähkla village on Saaremaa island, Estonia. The winning photo was shot by an amateur photographer Janno Loide of Tartu, Estonia, who succeeded to depict the sacred site in a manner that is both bewitching and true to nature.
According to a public opinion survey, most Estonians highly value sacred groves and other natural shrines, and expect the government to protect them.
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