Colours of Orthodoxy | An album depicting churches in Romania claims first place in “Best Illustrated Book” Category at international contest in Moscow

The ‘Colours of Orthodoxy. Romania’ photo album published by the Orthodox Diocese of Warsaw won first place in “Best Illustrated Book” Category at the 12th edition of the Illumination through books contest held in Moscow on Nov. 2.

This year’s contest took place at Sergievsky Hall, Christ the Saviour Cathedral in Moscow, reports

This competition has been organized with the blessing of Russian Patriarch Kirill since 2005. Partners for the current edition included the Russian Orthodox Church and the Restek Exhibition Company. The Federal Agency for Press and Mass Media of the Russian Government also supported the event.

The main purpose of the contest is to promote the latest religious, historical, patriotic and tourist publications, as well as religious literature for children and young people.

The prize ceremony was attended by approximatively 150 people, including Metropolitan Clement of Kaluga and Borovsk, chairman of the Council of Publications of the Moscow Patriarchate, representatives of the Restek Company, of the Federal Agency for Press and Mass Media, as well as the rector of the Moscow State University of Printing Art.

This year, 150 volumes were submitted for eleven nominations, of which experts selected more than 50 publications. The grand prize was awarded to Andrei Batalov for his volume “Cathedral of the Intercession of the Most Holy Theotokos on the Moat. Architectural historiography and iconography.”

The “Colours of Orthodoxy. Romania” album was created in collaboration with and it is the fifth volume in a series of publications that promote the beauty and diversity of Orthodoxy in different parts of the world.

This is the 9th prize awarded to the Polish Orthodox Church in its 8 years of participation in this competition.

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