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.
30.01.10227 (2014) Parliamentarians Push for Inventorying and Signposting Sacred Pre-Christian Sites
In recent days, Parliament's natural shrines support group has been discussing ways of funding a development plan that calls for inventorying of the natural sites venerated by people from the pre-Christian era to today's neopagansists.
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