Philo Photo Competition

The Spirit of the Competition

The 1st edition of the Philo-Photo Photography Awards is now open!

The Philo-Photo Competition welcomes all photographers aged 18+ who wish to submit their most striking single images that reflect this year’s theme UNITY THROUGH DIVERSITY. For this open competition each photographer can enter up to three images of any type and category that respond to the theme of this year and represent unity that arises from diversity.
Participation Fees:  Starting from 15 USD for 1 image up to 30 USD for 3 Images.

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Artistic concept:

“PhiloPhoto” was born from the meeting of two disciplines, Philosophy and Photography, which come together to form a unit from which emerges a dialogue, a tension between an image and a concept.

In this dialogue, the concept is never the description of the image, and the image is not the illustration of the concept. The dialogue illustrates the complementarity and not the opposition between Philosophy and Photography.

The image is situated in the immediacy. It is a global and instantaneous perception.
The concept, the idea needs to be processed in a time frame, each part having its own pace.

The result is a work that is recognizable but not entirely, understood but not totally. A bit like a mixture between water and oil, something that exists only in permanent instability.

From this emerges a tension, a paradox and a question mark. The aim is to raise a question in the viewer, and the essential answers are always to be found within us. It’s an internal journey.

A photograph can be a work of art or not. If the photograph only represents the subjectivity of the photographer, his emotions and opinions, it will not be a work of art because beauty is by essence universal, objective and not subjective. As no human being is perfect, no artistic production is completely subjective, nor completely objective. In other words, we cannot reach artistic perfection, but we can get closer to it every time. This is how we understand and wish to promote, through this contest, the relationship between the Artistic Way and the Philosophical Way.

Wisdom

Wisdom, unlike knowledge, is the ability to discover within oneself a connection to what connects us all as human beings. An essence of human values that define all people regardless of race, gender or nationality.

Art

Art in its most profound sense is a pathway to the ideal of beauty which lies at the core of the human being as well as the universe as a whole.
Art “invites” and “calls” the artist within to travel on this path and to discover the most inner and spiritual part of himself.

Beauty

Alongside ideals such as Justice and Truth, Beauty is not merely a personal interpretation of reality but an ideal embedded in Nature which is all around us and also within us. Throughout human history, the human being has always sought Beauty in all its forms which were reflected in Art.

Submit your photos until July 31, 2024

PhiloPhoto Photography Competition

ABOUT US

Join us in celebrating the profound artistry of photography in the Philo-Photo Philosophical Competition – Unity through Diversity.

Are you a seeker of depth and meaning in your photographic journey? Do you yearn to convey wisdom and beauty through your visual creations? Now is your opportunity to share a message emanating from the depths of your heart and your explorations with shapes, hues, and light.

The Philo-Photo Philosophical Competition delves into the synergy between the wisdom of the heart and the wisdom of the eye – between our intuition and the ability to connect to the essence of our being and the technique. It embraces the fusion of heart and eye, where photography becomes a conduit for expressing our essence and the beauty surrounding us. This competition is an ode to the ideals of beauty and wisdom cultivated within and reflected in our artistry.

The competition was created by New Acropolis, an international organisation that fosters timeless values for individual and collective growth through philosophy, culture, and volunteering.
This competition invites photographers worldwide to embark on a journey of philosophical exploration through the lens.

KIND WORDS FROM OUR SUPPORTERS

Trịnh Xuân Thuận (France)

Professor Emeritus of Astronomy at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, United States.
Professor TRINH XUAN Thuan, himself being a sky photographer, approves the initiative of this photography contest.

Renata Teodori (Peru)

National Secretary of Youth SENAJU, of the Ministry of Education
"I congratulate New Acropolis for the beautiful PhiloPhoto contest, I consider it to be an artistic expression of great value. I am sure that once again New Acropolis contributes to culture"

His Excellency Vishal V. Sharma (India)

Ambassador & Permanent Representative of India to UNESCO
“A photo captures an infinitesimal moment from the almost infinite passage of time and saves it for eternity. I congratulate New Acropolis for having organised the PhiloPhoto contest. Recently, UNESCO organised the World Conference on Culture And Arts Education to celebrate it as a unifying force that inspires an individual to unite with entire humanity.”

Paula Gómez Jorge (The Dominican Republic)

Art historian and independent curator
"Photography as an artistic language has a unique capacity to transmit stories, emotions and experiences. The Philo -Photo Photography Contest is extremely meaningful in celebrating the richness of cultural diversity and highlighting our shared human experiences."

Radhika Sood (India)

Sufi Vocalist & Composer
"Hearty congratulations to New Acropolis for hosting this photography contest woven around the theme of ‘Unity through Diversity’. We have so many glimpses of oneness in Sufi kalaam (poetry), it will be wondrous to see the same bouquet in photographs too!"

Soledad Santelices (Ecuador)

Director-Film Producer
"While cinema is the possibility of sculpting in time (Tarkovsky), photography is all the frames in a single impact, it is the ability to condense reality in a single shot, that decisive Instant (Cartier Bresson). Congratulations to New Acropolis for this contest that will allow us to participate in that moment capable of transmitting Unity Through Diversity. Philosophical and artistic exercise increasingly necessary in such a turbulent world."

Bertrand Vergely (France)

Philosopher
"I support the international photography competition Philo-Photo of New Acropolis. The coincidence between the eye that sees and what is seen: the magic of photography. The coincidence between the One and the many: the light of life."

PRIZES

We have a wide variety of prizes

HONORARY TITLES

  • Grand Prize: Photographer of the Year
  • Honorable Mention Winners of the Year

2.700 USD IN CASH AWARDS

  • Grand Prize: 1.200 USD for overall Winner
  • 2nd Place Prize:  900 USD
  • 3rd Place Prize:  600 USD

CERTIFICATES

  • Downloadable Certificates for all Winners
  • Online Gallery Showcase for the Winners

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