Netherlands Embassy in Skopje, Macedonia

'Natural Connections' Photo Competition Opens Today!

On the occasion of the National Day of the Netherlands – King’ Day, the Embassy is organising a photo competition under the motto: Natural Connections. If photography is one of your passions, regardless of whether you are a professional or amateur photographer, you are eligible to apply!

The idea...

We are looking for images captured in Macedonia that resemble the Netherlands, be it in colours, shapes, lifestyle or anything else that has a connection with it. This year we put the focus on capturing the “natural connections” between the two countries in the areas of sustainable lifestyles and environment.

External commission will review the entries and choose 10 that will be printed and exhibited during the King’s Day Reception on 27 April this year, and the top 3 will be awarded with a bicycle (1st prize), photo camera (2nd and 3rd prize). All 10 winners will get an invitation for the reception and a special prize.

The rules…

The competition opens on 17 March at 12:00 hrs and closes on 16 April at 12:00 hrs.

The photographs should be taken in Macedonia, and be minimum 2MB and maximum 5MB in size. Larger resolution might be requested for the selected photos that will be printed. Photos that have been digitally altered beyond standard optimization will be disqualified.

The photographs should be sent to, with a subject: FOR THE PHOTOCONTEST, no later than 16 April. The email should contain the following information:

  • Name, age and contact details of the author (e-mail, telephone number)
  • Place where it was taken
  • Title of the photo

The copyrights…

By applying to this competition, you guarantee that you are the author of the photograph(s) and you agree to allow the Embassy to use the photos submitted for promotional purposes on its website and social media channels,  with clear indication of the name of the author. In case your work is selected among the top 10, it will be printed and exhibited during the reception on the occasion of the national day of the Netherlands – King’s Day 2017. All rights over the photos remain with the authors at all times.

The jury…

The independent and mixed Macedonian – Dutch jury consisting of photography and art professionals will make the selection of the winning photographs. Photos will be judged on the basis of creativity, originality, technical excellence, composition and overall artistic merit. The results will be published on the website of the Embassy ( and the social media channels.