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2013 Transitions Online Photo Competition

12 June 2013

Transitions Online (TOL) invites entries for this year's photo competition. The best entries will be published on the TOL website. Photographs must be taken within Transitions Online’s coverage region, which comprises Central Europe & the Baltic states; Eastern Europe & Russia; Southeastern Europe; Central Asia; and the Caucasus. The competition is open to everyone, of all ages and from all countries. Entries from amateurs and professionals are equally welcome. Each entrant may submit up to four photographs, but no entrant may win more than one prize. Photographs may be entered in 10 categories:


  • Politics and democracy
  • Ghosts/Symbols of communism
  • Everyday life
  • Breaking news / News events
  • Environment
  • Culture
  • People and faces
  • Roma: Breaking stereotypes
  • Education
  • Travel


The deadline for the entry of photos is 12 July.


The winning picture of TOL's photo competition 2012. By Abbas Atilay


Photo format and conditions

Photographs must be submitted in digital format, as a JPEG file no larger than 3MB, and uploaded here.


By entering the competition, participants agree that they own the rights to the photographs that they submit; photoshopping beyond normal editorial standards is not allowed.

TOL recognizes that participants own the copyright to their pictures, but, by submitting photographs, participants agree that TOL has the right to publish the photos on its website, as long as the photographer is credited. 



  • First prize: A choice of either a cash award of €200 or €300 scholarship to one of TOL's trainings.
  • Second prize: A choice of either a cash award of €75 or 50% scholarship to TOL's online “Photo Storytelling” course, which will take place in September. 
  •  Third prize €25

In addition, the winner in each category will receive a free, one-year subscription to TOL.



A prominent committee of three experienced photographers will choose the winners.


Dean Cox
Dean Cox is a photojournalist and documentary photographer who covers Europe, Central Asia, and Southeast Asia from his bases in Sweden and Hong Kong. His diverse portfolio includes breaking news, hard news, features in international affairs, political commentary, social issues, natural disasters and travel. Dean has considerable experience as a contract photojournalist, with clients including The Associated PressThe New York Times, International Herald TribuneEurasiaNet and Bloomberg News. His images have been printed and posted by various international newspapers, magazines, books and websites. See for examples of Dean's work. He will be teaching TOL's online photojournalim course this fall.



Jan Rybář
Jan Rybář
is a journalist, photographer, and a communication trainer/consultant. Currently Jan is director of the creative agency, which provides photography courses and a variety of tailored training activities and consultations in many "creative" areas – photography, creative writing, travel writing, journalism, and media communication. As a reporter for Mlada fronta DNES,  the most popular Czech quality newspaper, Jan covered many major events in many corners of the world, including wars in the Caucasus, Iraq, and Afghanistan. He won the Czech Press Photo competition, the most prestigious Czech photo contest, for his photo from Beslan, Russia.



Pavel Hořejší
Pavel Hořejší has worked for 23 years as a photographer, covering issues across East Central Europe for news agencies and newspapers, including the Associated Press, Reuters, and Getty Images. He has contributed regularly to the International Herald Tribune and The New York Times since 1989. Pavel has also spent 15 years as a video journalist, cameraman, occasional broadcast cameraman, fixer for TV crews, and producer for TV companies.






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