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Competition for the most interesting itinerary and best photo „Eastern Rhodopes – taste the wild nature“

 Bulgarian-Dutch project for sustainable development of the Eastern Rhodopes "New Thracian Gold" organizes two contests: for the most interesting itinerary and for the best photo from the Eastern Rhodopes.

We expect you to tell us about your findings in the Eastern Rhodopes – sites of interests and interesting people, beautiful places and wonderful experiences. The subject of the competition both for travel notes and photos is „Eastern Rhodopes – taste the wild nature“. We’d like to see in your texts and photos the three NTG-elements: wilderness/nature, ecotourism or organic farming.

The size of The Best Eastern Rhodopes travel notes is up to 4000 characters and the text has to be in Bulgarian. You have to illustrate it with at least three and up to five photos. The photos must have size of 1000 pixels on the long side.

In The Best Eastern Rhodopes photo competition, the maximum number of images of an author is 3, with size of 1000 pixels on the long side in format jpg.

The awards for the winners are:

-         For travel notes (winner’s choice) :

A weekend for two at the "Wild farm" in the village of Gorno Pole, Madzharovo municipality or a weekend for two in Studen Kladenets reserve plus publication in the travel guide on the Eastern Rhodopes, which the NTG team is preparing to publish early next year.

-         For a photo (winner’s choice) :

A weekend for two in Studen Kladenets reserve оr a free photoshoot in a special photographer's hide at a vulture’s feeding place plus publication in the travel guide on the Eastern Rhodopes.

The second and third prizes in both contests are rewarded with organic products from the Eastern Rhodopes.

The travel notes and photos of all winners will be published on the ”New Thracian Gold" project website: and used for NTG publications – brochures, posters, banners, etc, for promotion of the NTG-project. We expect the contributions (photo’s and texts) to be free of copyright: the names of winners will be mentioned in the NTG publications. The winners will be requested to present the original files of the winning photos.

On the project website you can find information about the area, its sites of interests and places to visit and stay. We would advise you to use the NTG-tourist map of the Eastern Rhodopes to discover your new Thracian gold.


The deadline for sending the journey notes and the photos is October 15, 2011. Send them to:  The travel notes and the photos- winners will be published on the web-site on November 1, 2011.

The competition is open to all regardless of age and occupation with the exception of representatives of the project team and their families.

The winners only will be contacted.




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