Vote for the best photos!

The second stage of the photo contest The Speleo Photo of the Year 2013 organized by the caving club Aenigma has begun. You can already see the photos sent by the participants, comment them and vote for the ones you like. This year the photocontest had a slow start but later it speeded up and now the number of participants is no smaller than in previous years - 29 participants from 11 different countries. Because we have diminished the quantity of photos accepted from one participant from 15 to 5, we have a smaller amount of photos but still astounding - 119 photos! And the majority of them are very and very good.

The photos are displayed on our internet photo album

Voting for the photos will take place until February 07, 2014. Voting by internet is anonymous. 

How to vote? Just mark from one to five stars visible under the photo and click on the mouse. Only the total count of the votes will matter in the evaluation of the photo without the reference to the number of the stars given.

Interesting statistics:


  • The country with the largest number of participants traditionally is Russia - 9 participants from various corners of this huge country have sent 39 photos.
  • The second largest participant is Lithuania. After some urging 5 Lithuanians braced themselves up and submitted 14 photos.
  • Ukraine is also keeping up: 4 participants submitted 18 photos, and there is one participant so special that we put him on the exhibition not belonging to the contest (because he has made 3D photos and interactive tours of the caves!).
  • The rest of the photos were sent from various countries of Europe: Italy, Spain, Slovenia, Slovakia, Croatia, and from more distant places - USA, Brasil and South Africa.



  • The exhibition of the photos on our internet photo album, evaluation and voting will take place from January 08, 2014 to February 07, 2014. Voting will be anonymous.
  • Important: Photos will be displayed grouped by categories, but they will be evaluated in common context, without reference to the categories. Recommended categories for the exhibition: the man and the cave, the portrait of the caver, expedition reportage, the underground landscape, „non-format“
  • Photos will be evaluated by the jury of 5 professional photographers and cavers. The results of the internet voting will have additional weight in the evaluation. The winners will be announced and awarded not later than February 17, 2014. 


The first place winner will get a special brand T-shirt and a prize established by the caving club Aenigma  - a descender STOP by Petzl.

The second place winner will get a special brand T-shirt and a prize established by the caving club Aenigma - an ascender ASCENSION by Petzl.

The third place winner will get a special brand T-shirt and a prize established by the caving club Aenigma - 3 carabiners OK by Petzl.

The sponsor and the organizer of the contest:

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