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2015 Transitions Online Photo Competition

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Transitions Online (TOL) is pleased to announce the launch of the TOL 2015 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 and the Baltic states, Eastern Europe and Russia, Southeastern Europe, Central Asia, and the Caucasus. Photographs can be submitted if they qualify for the following categories:

  • Arts and Culture
  • Education
  • Environmental Issues
  • Ghosts/Symbols of communism
  • Lifestyle and Traditions
  • Politics and Democracy
  • Public Events
  • People and Faces
  • The Roma: Breaking Stereotypes
  • Travel


The deadline for submitting your photos is 15 December 2015.

Photo by Anahit Hayrapetyan.

The winning picture of last TOL's photo competition.


The competition is open to anyone, of all ages and from all countries. Entries from amateurs and professionals are equally welcome. Each entrant may submit up to four photographs.

Photo format and conditions

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

  • Each entrant should state their full name and contact details: address, email address, and telephone number. The entrant should also provide a short description of what the image shows, as well as the location and date on which it has been taken. 

**By entering the competition, participants confirm that they own the rights to the photographs 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 EUR150 or a EUR300 scholarship to one of TOL's educational courses.

  • Second prize: A choice of either a cash award of EUR100 or a discount of 10% to attend one of our courses.

  • Third prize EUR75

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

Closing date

The closing date is 15 December 2015. The winners will be announced within 45 days after the closing date. The best entries will be published on the TOL website.


A prominent committee consisting of experienced photographers will choose the winners. All judges specialize in multimedia and photojournalism and have vast experience in political and international affairs.

Dragan MilojevicDragan Milojevic
Dragan Milojevic is a multimedia editor at Prague-based Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty. He has worked as a cameraman, video editor, and multimedia trainer over the past 15 years for TV stations in Serbia and the Czech Republic, as a sound technician on live radio shows, and on various projects in audio and video post-production.







Jan RybarJan Rybar


Jan Rybář is a journalist, photographer, and a communications trainer/consultant. Currently he 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 foreign reporter for Mlada fronta DNES, the most popular Czech quality newspaper, Jan covered numerous 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. One of Jan’s books, Historky z konce světa (Stories from the end of the world), was voted among the 30 best travel books ever written in the Czech language. Jan has also recently launched a photography website He studied in Prague and Glasgow and holds PhD in international relations.

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