What is the competition about?

The theme is historical Benedictine monasteries in the Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia and Hungary — the ones which still operate today, as well as those whose buildings show preserved traces of the Benedictine era (list of sites given below).

Who can enter?

The competition is open to all photographers, both professional and amateur, regardless of age and place of residence.

When does it close?

The competition runs until 15th August 2014.

How to enter

The goal of the competition is to choose photos for a photo exhibition, which will be displayed in various countries of Central Europe. The exhibition will show selected historical Benedictine monasteries, and will feature interesting, unusual shots of high artistic value, which highlight the history, landscape and natural characteristics of the place.

When selecting, the first three pieces will be chosen based on artistic value, while the remaining entrants will be judged on the basis of both artistic value and choice of location (so that the monasteries depicted represent all four Visegrad countries).

The goals of the competition:

1 To draw attention to the Benedictine heritage in Central Europe.

2 To create a travelling exhibition of photographs of Benedictine sites.

3 To promote the historical monasteries to tourists.

4 To emphasise the historical, natural and cultural value of Central European countries.


I. The rules of the competition:

1 The competition is open to all photographers, regardless of age or place of residence.

2 A participant may submit no more than 10 photographs. Photographs must only be in digital form, in JPG format, at a minimum resolution of 2048 pixels on the long side.

3 Each file should contain the “nickname”, and a sequence number in the case of a series of images.

4 Photographs may be taken on any camera (analogue, digital, mobile phone), and there are no restrictions on processing the images using graphics programs, as long as the work is still to qualify as a photograph. Photos with watermarks / frames will not be taken into account.

5 The organisers reserve the right to disqualify works which do not meet the above requirements.

6 Photographs should be entered into the competition by 15th August 2014:

(in the case of mail, the date of delivery of the work)

a) by e-mail: kultura@benedyktyni.com

In the subject of the email, please write “Photo Competition” and include your first and last name, postal address, email address and phone number. The size of each individual email may not exceed 10 MB.

b) CD and DVD (signed) to: Benedictine Institute of Culture, ul. Benedyktyńska 37, 30-398 Kraków. Please write on the envelope: “Via Benedictina Photo Competition”. Along with the photographs must be submitted in an envelope with a visible emblem Informations: Participant name, mailing address, e-mail address, telephone number.

7 The entry must include the entrant’s consent to the processing and sharing of their personal data for the purposes of the competition.

8 The entry must include a statement from the entrant that he or she is the author of the submitted photographs.

9 The organisers reserve the right freely to use all photographs in publications related to the competition and in other promotional and advertising materials.

10. By entering photos into the competition, the entrant thereby grants a non-exclusive, unlimited and worldwide license to the Organiser to use works submitted to the competition in the following ways:

a) recording and reproduction by any technique including: printing, digital computer recording and display on appropriately adapted vehicles, in any form;

b) marketing;

c) public play, exhibition and display;

d) storage in any number of computers or networks;

e) display to the public in such a way that everyone can have access to it at a place and time individually chosen by them using the Internet, other networks or wireless transmission.

11 The participants may not be employees of the institutions organising the competition.

12 Submission of work to the competition implies acceptance of the competition rules.

The results of the competition:

1. Photographs will be judged by a jury appointed by the Organisers, that will make the awards and choose the works for the exhibition.

2. Awards:

First place: Manfrotto tripod

Second place: Turistic tent for 2 people

Third place: Battery Drift PowerPack

Two “special awards”: photograph albums

3. The authors of the other images that qualify for the exhibition will receive a gift boxes from Benedictine monasteries.

4 Results will be announced on 31st August 2014.

5 The awards will take place at the opening of the exhibition on 23rd September 2014, in the Benedictine Abbey in Tyniec. Authors who are not able to attend the opening of the exhibition, will receive their awards and prizes from the organiser in the entrant’s country.

6 The jury’s decision is final and is not subject to verification. The jury reserves the right not to pick both winners, and to award prizes jointly to multiple entrants.

7 The chosen works will be selected, printed and prepared for exhibition by the Organiser.

8 Copies of the exhibition photographs will become the property of the Organiser.

9 For more information please contact Benedictine Institute of Culture at the following e-mail: kultura@benedyktyni.com


List of the former and current Benedictine monasteries, from which pictures can be send to the competition.

Czech Republic:

Praha-Břevnov, Praha-Emauzy, Praha-Bílá Hora, Rajhrad, Broumov, Kladruby, Police nad Metují, Praha-Sv. Gabriel, Praha-Sv. Jiří, Sázava, Svatý Jan pod Skalou, Teplice, Třebíč


Lubiń, Mogilno, Płock, Sieciechów, Święty Krzyż, Tyniec


Hronsky Benadik, Bzowik, Rimavske Janovce


Pannonhalma, Tihany , Bakonybél


The organizers of the contest:

Opactwo Benedyktynów w Tyńcu

ul. Benedyktyńska 37

30–398 Kraków



Agentura pro rozvoj Broumovska

Klášterní 1,

Broumov 55001

Česká republika


Magyar Bencés Kongregáció Pannonhalmi Főapátság

Vár 1, Pannonhalma, 9090



Univerzita Mateja Bela v Banskej Bystrici

Národná 12

97401 Banská Bystrica


The entity responsible for the administration of the competition is the Benedictine Abbey Street. Benedictine 37, 30-398 Krakow. The competition is part of the „Via Benedictina. Benedictine Heritage in Central Europe „co-financed by the Visegrad Fund.