It is often said that life’s hardships can be a great inspiration for artistic work that expresses and documents difficult situations. Many of the great painters, writers and creatives produced some of their most well-respected work during challenging times and now the Cyprus Photographic Society is calling upon photographers on the island to capture their experience of the lockdown, the pandemic and all that goes with it for a new competition.

The Society has announced the competition with the theme of ‘Coronavirus-the invisible enemy’, encouraging photography lovers to capture images of activities and life at home: sports, reading, cooking, putting together the library, or lockers, or anything else we have been doing these past few months. The images can depict all sort of emotions – humour, joy, sadness, despair – the whole rollercoaster that the past year has been. After all, photography is about capturing a real moment in time.

The original photos to be submitted must have been taken during the period of the first Lockdown, which started on March 24 and lasted until May 3, 2020, and this year during the 2nd Lockdown, which started on Sunday, January 10, running until January 31.

Contestants can submit up to 10 photos in jpg digital file and 300 dpi resolution. The largest side should be 3,000 pixels, with a minimum file size of 2MB and a maximum of 6MB, with the colour profile being in sRGB.

Every photograph should have an individual title written either in Greek or English. In addition, adding frames to an image is prohibited yet photographers are allowed to partially correct their images (colour editing, cropping or contrast).

An independent jury will decide on First, Second and Third prizes as well as three Honorary Mentions.

To apply, contestants must complete the entry form (found on and send their application and images by February 14 via a WeTransfer link to or For more information or clarification on the regulations: 99-332813 or 99-474009

(Cyprus Mail)