Winners of the ‘Ecology in Focus 2013′ photo competition

The ‘Ecology in Focus’ photographic competition 2013 for up-and-coming photographers from the Czech and Slovak Republic was held for the ninth time. About 500 photo enthusiasts submitted a more than 1000 photos to the competition. The creative snapshots testify to the numerous aspects of the topic ‘Science For a Better Life’. A panel of experts chose the best photos In October.

Jakub Gráf (Grand Prix)

Jakub Gráf (Grand Prix)

On November 6th in Prague the winners of this year’s competition were rewarded by Managing Director of Bayer, Frank Held. „ We have been trying for nine years to inspire general public through the messages expressed in photographs within ‘Ecology in Focus’ competition. We would like to inspire especially young people to become more interested in the environmental protection and also in natural sciences and research. We are commited to support public awarness for innovations bringing solutions for global challenges such as healthcare, nutritions, climate protection, sustainability, renewable resources and improving the quality of life. That is why we will further concentrate on science and education support by our engagement in initiative ‘Making Science Make Sense’ under our motto ‘Science For a Better Life’,” said Frank Held
Winners of Czech-Slovak competition ‘Ecology in Focus 2013′

Category 11-17 years:
Special award – Ondřej Barcuch: ‘Electric Lines’
Special award – Sabina Hájková, image: ‘Don´t let the world lost its colors’

Category over 18 years:
1st prize – Roman Jaroš: ‘Recharging Sun’
2nd prize – Rudolf Štober: ‘Symbiosis’
3rd prize – Josef Malý: ‘Agronomis’t

Category photographic series:
1st prize – Viktor Sýkora: ‘Under the surface, Billionths of a second, Protector’ “
2nd prize – Ivo Stejskal: ‘Tailings pond, Limestone stone-pit’
3rd prize – Zdeněk Dvořák: ‘Plant selection’

Grand Prix 2013:

Jakub Gráf: ‘The future? ‘
More about the competition can be found at, as well as on social network


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The ninth edition of the SAM magazine has arrived to you. One of the innovations is a new section titled Fotoreport where we would like to publish your traveler photos and stories. First story published and named Around Iceland in 7 days is sent by our colleague Tibor Rendek, who has recently visited this island and took great photos there. The new issue also brings an article about the old technique together with one more unusual – Solargraphy. Of course there remain great portfolios of photographers who sent us their work.

This month a sad news hit the world of photography. Mr Tibor Huszar, one of the most outstanding figures of Slovak and world photography, has recently passed away. But one thing can bring joy in these moments. His work remains with us together with his brilliant photographic vision. Have a good light Tibor…

List of auhors

Andrej Palacko (SK), Ľubomír Schmida (SK), Natália Hlavičková (SK), Jozef Virčík (SK), Lena Gallovičová (SK), Juraj Mravec (SK), Andrej Čulák (SK), Miro Svoreň (SK), Lenka Lochánová (SK), Martin Kšiňan (SK), Igor Amelkovich (RUS), Brunel Galhego (BR), Seth Siro Anton (GR), Per-Magnus Hedén (S), Leon Leijdekkers (NL), Piotr Biegaj (PL), Natalia Wiernik (PL), Boris Pophristov (BG), Ondřej Přibyl (CZ), Tibor Rendek (SK)



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Three months passed since the last issue. Three months full of turbulent events. Europe survived massive floods; North America experiences hurricanes, an in this way we could mention more negative events. It has started to be common for major broadcasts that positive news which gives joy is not much promoted. We believe that the new issue of SAM magazine is good news for you, in the same way as it is being for us.

We bring you a lot of great photos from amazing photographers, photos which please your eyes and soul. Someone may be delighted, another will be forced to muse and perhaps motivated to further creation. Holiday season is starting in Europe and many of us go abroad. Some will have a rest, but most certainly will take cameras and will shoot many beautiful pictures. We hope that you will send us those pictures so the readers will enjoy them in the next issue of our magazine.

SAM magazine is done with you and for you. We would be happy to see your comments or remarks concerning our future improvement.

List of authors:

Yuri Dojc (SK), Matúš Zajac (SK), Daniela Matušková (SK), Petra Šmidová (SK), Michal Maroš (SK), Jozef Mičic (SK), Marián Sztrecsko (SK), Michal Zahornacký (SK), Juraj Vohnout (SK), Martin Kozák (CZ), Ladislav Nekuda (CZ), Veronika Sochůrek (CZ), Pietrino Di Sebastiano (I), Nicolas Bruno (USA), Craig Tuffin (AUS), Uwe Lanagmann (D), Marcin Owczarek (PL), Christian Blanchard (AUS), Eran Gilat (IL)


A new outstanding issue is here. It is full of new pictures which are bringing new sort of inspiration. We are trying to present an optimal mix of what is relevant in the world of art and photography and what matters.
Magazine production itself is not a very simple process. There is much effort in seeking and asking authors from all over the world. We are providing reasons why to share their artwork through our magazine with no direct reward.  Afterward a complicated and long communication follows between editorial board and authors. Once we have all inputs, we can start to work on layout, linguistic corrections and translations. Our editorial board counts two people.

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Exhaustion and stress disappear when we see the result. Such a big number of great arts push us forward to another issue.
SAM magazine is done with you and for you. We are glad that you publish in our journal and thanks for reading it. We would be happy to see your comments or remarks concerning our future improvement.

List of authors:

Judita Csáderová, Aňa Struhárová, Katarína Opatovská, Alena Červeňanská, Peter Majkut, Tomáš Kováčik, Dušan Beňo, Lukáš Faturík, Roman Hajnala, Miroslav Hvozdenský, Aleksey & Marina, David Ho, Dominic Rouse, Lorena Cordero, Mete Özbek, Milosz Wozaczynski, Kiyo Murakami, Zdeněk Řivnáč, NOBAF


The winners were selected from over 100,000 images submitted to the contest. The overall winner is Paul Hansen.

Paul Hansen is a Swedish photojournalist and has worked for the daily newspaper Dagens Nyheter since 2000. He has received numerous awards, including being named Photographer of the Year by POYi in 2010 and 2013, Photographer of the Year in Sweden seven times, and two first place awards from NPPA. He is based in Stockholm.

Gaza Burial at Gaza City, Palestinian Territories
Two-year-old Suhaib Hijazi and his older brother Muhammad were killed when their house was destroyed by an Israeli missile strike. Their father Fouad was also killed and their mother was put in intensive care. Fouad’s brothers carry his children to the mosque for the burial ceremony as his body is carried behind on a stretcher.

View the entire collection of winning images from the 56th World Press Photo Contest here…


We proudlu announce that SAM has become a media partner of Central European House of photography. The goal is to bring more news from the photographic world and infrom about ongoing exhibitions.



Is the first complete encyclopedia on the history of photography of the 20th century. The History of European Photography (1900-2000) is an international participatory research project of a pan-European size divided into three volumes / periods, volume 1 – 1900-1938, volume 2 – 1939-1969, volume 3 – 1970-2000.

Each volume of the final encyclopedia will be organized alphabetically by countries (35 countries alltogether). A study on each country photography history will be written by an expert on photography from that country (more than 50 experts cooperating). Alongside with main studies, each book will contain a rich additional material, biographies of mentioned photographers, timetables marking cultural, social-political and technical-photographic events in each country for a given period. Indexes of each book will be of two kinds, indexes of mentioned photographers and indexes of other historical names and subjects. The project is coordinated by Prof. Václav Macek, a chairman of FOTOFO association, a professor at the University of Performing Arts, Bratislava, a director of Month of Photography festival, Bratislava.

Our primary goal is to fill in a gap in the theory of photography. The prepared encyclopaedia on history of European photography will be the first of its kind. While all existing publications on this topic focus only on leading countries in European photography, such as France, Great Britain or Germany, omitting more than half of the continent, we are offering a complete overview of photography development in the 20th century from Iceland to Russia and from Scandinavia to Mediterranean countries.
This 3-volume publication should also set an essential background for a future scientific research on a pan-European level in this field.



We have been thinking a lot about how to introduce the sixth issue of our magazine. Should we write about artistic creation? About subjective perception of art or about what makes artist an artist? No. We decided to write little about upcoming holidays and link it to art. X-mas has become more a good trademark than a peaceful holiday. Almost each one of us knows that stress and rush. But it does not matter how big and expensive present you will get. The true value lays in joy of giving. And the same thing can be found in art. Emotions and feedback are always important especially if you create for others not just for yourself. We present artists who are special and are interested in. We do our best to collect different kind of styles and it results in such a colorful mosaic.

The hardest thing is to get authors` trust that their works will not be misused. To create a very first issue with no significant proof, that was a goal.  But we get new knowledge and new confidence with each new issue coming out. A lot of work is needed but it is worth it. Let’s SAM be your companion during the long winter evenings.

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List of authors:

Pavol Breier, Margaret Broz, Matej Michalík, Rebeka Vodrážková, Martin Mesároš, Lukáš Kubala, Laco Maďar, Ivan Mocko, Ivan Džugan, Michal Hellmet, Alexey Alexeev, Petr Bambousek, Erlend Mork, Ricardo Funari, Mariska Karto, Martin Pustelník, Ivano Coltellacci, Roman Vaňúr, Gabriela Kolčavová

Pictures sent by our readers can be found in section G@LLERY…


A new academic year is here and so the new SAM. Magazine has been exposed to small cosmetic changes. We have changed design little bit and added a new section named G@LLERY, where you can find pictures from you – readers. Again, we have obtained great pictures from authors all over the world. It makes our opinion, that world is full of talented and great artists, even stronger. But very often, we find these artists randomly.

It may seem, that in today’s connected global world of internet would not be a problem to collect information about art, authors and their creation, but the exact opposite is the truth. There is great number of pictures, paintings, graphic design artworks and many others techniques on the internet. But this mixture of art creates chaos and is hard to find some direction. It takes a lot, a lot of time. Our magazine can save this time for you. It invites you to see wide range of authors and different styles. We are seeking instead of you new interested authors as well as photographic stars that inspire us.

But he won`t find all of them. We would be happy if you didn`t hesitate and draw our attention to your work or to creation of other interesting photographers or artists.

Looking forward for your posts!

Again, a lot of inspiring videos in the online version!

List of published authors

Peter Ondrejkovič, Becher Art, Pavol Kulkovský, Ľubomír Majerský, Štefan Kardoš, Ivan Kašša, Šymon Kliman, Petronela Dostálová, Andrea Švecová, Martin Imrich, Tamara Černá,
Zdeněk Řivnáč, Marian Garai, Henrich Kaczor, Libor Nývlt, Marián Sztrecsko, Edina Erdélyiová, Michal Zahornacký, Gréta Zubová, Barbora Bezáková, Ema Krasnanská, Lucia Undesserová, Veronika Otepková, Peter Briatka, Magnus Lindbom, André Brito, Anette Mossbacher, Thomas Shahan, Alberto Paredes, Deepak Ghosh, Pavel Titovich, Karol Križan, Juraj Marec