“Theologians” – is a series shot in the summer camp of St. Tikhon’s Orthodox University’s Theological faculty in July 2021. Its participants are mainly – the undergraduate, postgraduate students and professors. It’s situated near St. John the Theologian’s monastery in Ryazan region. Here students of St. Tikhon’s Orthodox University’s Theological faculty get to know each other in a new way, become a single community. The camp combines the theory and practice of theology: lectures and classes are combined with constant prayer, confession and liturgy. Apparently, it’s an artistic license to call all the camp’s participants – “the theologians”. In the Orthodox tradition there has only been three people who awarded the title of “the Theologian”: the Apostle and Evangelist John the Theologian, Gregory the Theologian and Symeon the New Theologian, let alone the ordinary students. In this project – it’s the spirit of the youth’s romance that matters, – the desire to delve into the ancient texts and the audacity to speak on the most important and mysterious – on God and the divine world-order.

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Sergey Pronin

Sergey Pronin was born in Moscow in 1991. In 2014 he graduated from Moscow Aviation Institute with a degree in Information systems and technologies. Sergey studied at the Chair of Eastern-Christian philology in PSTGU from 2014 to 2017. His works were published in the federal mass media.

[ CULTURAL PRACTICES ] A set of photographs that increases the understanding and appreciation of a cultural practice. It can be about festivals, religion, traditions, or contemporary cultural trends. Submissions do not have to adhere to documentary principles. Alternate processes and digital manipulations are allowed. Each submission consists of 5 to 20 images. Each participant is allowed to enter up to 2 submissions. The images must be taken in 2020 or 2021.

Judges for Cultural Practices
Anush Babajanyan
Liang-Pin Tsao
Nyimas Laula
Samuel He
Jean Chung