Recently, we advertised the photography competition organised by the Troodos UNESCO Geopark which aimed to raise awareness of the different locations and activities which take place in the Geopark.
We are very proud to announce that two of the top places were taken by members from our beloved Orasis Photo Club!
Over 170 photographs were submitted to this competition and 50 photographs were selected to be included in a digital album which will be used to promote the Geopark worldwide. We are pleased to let you know that additional photos from our members were selected to feature in the digital album! You can visit the Facebook page of the Geopark to see the selected photos. Once the official digital album is created, we will share it with you on our site.
Congratulations to both Panayiotis Paschalides and Katy Parks who won 2nd and 3rd place respectively! You can see their winning images below.
If you would like to learn more about the Troodos UNESCO Global Geopark, please visit their Facebook page.
Congratulations also to our other members who had photos included in the digital album!
Winning Photos from our members
Photos selected for the digital album from our members
Even though our official birthday was on the 15th April, we still arranged for our annual bowling social to celebrate our 2nd birthday (even if we were a tiny bit late) at the Alien Bowling Alley in MYMALL, Limassol.
We had a fantastic turnout and our members took the opportunity to snap some photos of other members and guests in action while they were playing, capturing some incredible candid moments of glory and embarrasment!
Special thanks goes out to Margarita Constantinou for making our birthday cake again this year which of course did not disappoint :)
Following our bowling session we made our way to Rosy's Club in Limassol old town which is where we will be holding our Kareoke party next month! This was considered as a practice run to get a feel for our new venue and try out their sound system.
All we can say is we can't wait for the Kareoke party as the venue is absolutely incredible! See you all again for our next social very soon!
The Omodos Cross Xenion Race was organised for the first time 3 years ago by the “The Xenios Xenofontos Charity foundation” and has proven to be an extremely successful event ever since. For the past 3 years, Orasis Photo Club has been supporting the Omodos Cross Xenion Race which takes place in Omodos by capturing the event through our member's lenses and providing the photographs to the organizers free of charge.
This charity race is held in loving memory of Xenios Xenofontos, (the brother of our dear member Maria Xenofontos who is also a Founding Member of the club) who sadly passed away from cancer.
This event is held in cooperation with the the Municipal Council of Omodos, Periklis Demetriou, Dro. Me. A Racing and Omodos High School with the aim to raise money for underprivileged students of Omodos High School.
Taking a look back to 2015, being asked to be a part of this worthy cause was an honor and a privilege. Our club was also newly founded at the time and this was an exciting opportunity for us to get involved with some sports photography and learn from the more experienced members.
If you would like to see the photos taken from this year as well as the previous years where we covered the event, please visit our albums on our Facebook Group as well as the Omodos Cross Xenion Page where our members shared their photos directly.
Thank you once again to the organisers for providing us with this opportunity to help by using a medium we are so passionate about - photography.
This Following another successful carnival season, we are pleased to announce the winners of our carnival competition for 2017. This year our photography competition was split into 2 categories and was called: "CYPRUS CARNIVAL 2017 - PAST & PRESENT". Participants were invited to submit photos from this year's carnival as well as from carnival events in any previous years.
The competition results are as follows:
CARNIVAL OF THE PAST
1st place: Mikaella Kasapi - "Carnival Smile"
2nd place: Mikaella Kasapi - "Rio's Spirit in Limassol"
3rd place: Haris Kaittis - "Mask"
CARNIVAL OF THE PRESENT
1st place: Achilleas Demetriou - "With love from China"
2nd place: Haris Kaittis - "Hey You!"
3rd place: Stelios Michaelidis - "Everlasting King"
Many thanks to everyone who took part again this year! Our exhibition took place on Wednesday, 5th April 2017 at 7pm. Along with the winners for the carnival competition we will also hosted the Orasis student exhibition for 2016/2017 at our club premises. Thank you for the great turnout, it was lovely to see you all there!
The Limassol Carnival is one of the most popular festivals organised by the Municipality of Limassol in Cyprus. Each year, the associated events have an official start date on Shrove Thursday (19th Feb 2017), starting with the entrance of the Queen of the Carnival and ending with the Grand Parade (Sunday 26th February) and the official theme of the Limassol Carnival this year is “The Deep Blue of the Mediterranean”.
This year's Carnival season was once again packed with many incredible events and opportunities to take some great photos for our Carnival Photography Competition. Members were encouraged to attend the events highlighted in our calendar as well as other events organised around the island. You can see some of our members in action during the Grand Parade below :)
If you would like to see photos taken by our members at the carnival, please click here.
We also held our very own Carnival Party on the 24th February at the Brittania Restaurant in Limassol for the second year running with over 70 people attending! During our party we also held a fancy dress (and best performance) competition which saw Katy Parks and Richard Sale swooping up first prize with "Gangster's Paradise".
We were also extremely honoured to have Erma Stylianides with us who was a former queen of the carnival!
Many thanks to Christos Mousikos for covering our party and providing the fantastic photographs! If you would like to view all the photos from this event, please click here.
For those of you taking part in the carnival competition, we are now accepting entries. Feel free to join us this Friday at our Photocoffee shop session where we will also be taking orders for our official club T-shirts. The award ceremony and exhibition will be announced very soon. Stay tuned!
On Friday 20th January 2017 our photography exhibition with the subject “FEELINGS” took place at our premises in Limassol. This exhibition showcased the selected 60 shortlisted photographs from over 300 submitted to this competition.
This exhibition marks the end of the cancer awareness campaign organised by our club while working closely with PASYKAF. The campaign started in September 2016 and included a number of seminars and talks, as well as the unique concept of the Ribbon Photo Challenge which was embraced across the island. All proceeds from the sold photographs were donated to PASYKAF.
A big thank you to everyone who took part and helped in organising all our events and of course congratulations to our winners!
The winners for each category were as follows:
1st Christos Acheriotis - “Now listen here”
2nd Katia Ioannou - “No photos”
3rd Elena Georgiou - “Do not wake what I leave to rest”
1st Elena Georgiou - “Happy family moments”
2nd Elena Georgiou - “Staring straight at my sun”
3rd Christos Acheriotis - “Red, green and yellow”
1st Elena Georgiou - “Love was late by an hour”
2nd Stavros Konitis - “Love in a locket”
3rd Elena Georgiou - “I’m right beside you”
1st Elena Georgiou - “I don’t know till where my prison reaches”
2nd Elena Georgiou - “It shows you are not here”
3rd Christos Acheriotis - “I was never loved”
Overall Winner with highest score:
Welcome Letter From our President
On behalf of the board of ORASIS, I would like to welcome you to the new Photographic Year 2017.
In 2016, which was our first complete year as a club, we carried out a number of events which we looked back on and briefly spoke about during the review of the year in our annual Vasilopitta event on the 13th January 2017 at 7pm. Needless to say, with the combination of our social events, seminars, workshops, excursions and competitions - it has been an exciting year to say the least!
We enter this new year with the promise to be much wiser than last year and to upgrade Orasis by offering more organised events with special moments.
Thank you all for attending our annual New Year celebrations and congratulations to all the winners of our raffle and to the person who found the lucky coin!
Wishing you all a prosperous year filled with many photographic opportunities!
Demetris Photiou - President
On behalf of the board of Orasis Photo Club, we would like to thank you all for your support and for being a part of our first complete and incredible photographic year as a club.
We are very proud to announce that 2016 brought 103 members to Orasis Photo Club! Throughout the year we were fortunate to receive their help, which also included financial help to purchase the new frames which will be used to display member gallery photos as well as competition photos.
Stay tuned as 2017 will be another full year with suprises!
Wishing you a very merry Christmas and all the best for the new year ahead!
One of the many beautiful attractions in Cyprus is the Salt Lake in Larnaca. Among it's picturesque beauty also lies the Hala Sultan Tekke, one of the holiest shines within Ottoman Islam. It is a Special Protected area under the Barcelona Convention and an important Bird Area, boasting 85 species of water birds which use this migratory passage through Cyprus as a feeding and breeding area.
On the 20th December, members of Orasis Photo Club decended to the Salt Lake to take photos of the sunset , learning at the same time different techniques to maje their photos more dramatic, as well as putting into place the composition techniques they learnt throughout 2016.
If you would like to view more photos shared by our members, please click here.
The World Wide Aquathon Day took part on Saturday 12th November 2016, organised by the winter swimmers of Limassol at Akti Olympion, with all proceeds going to the Cyprus Autistic Association.
As part of the event, a photography competition was organised and we are extremely proud to say that one of our members, Maria Papanastasiou won 3rd place!
We are also very proud to say that photos taken by our members were also sold at the event, with all proceeds going towards the Cyprus Autistic Association.
Congratulations to all the winners and participants of the event and we look forward to taking part again next year!