‘The Element of Folklore 2021’ - an open-air post-competition exhibition of photography was opened on Saturday afternoon. The awards were presented to the winners of the competition. The task was to reflect the beauty of rituals and customs related to the work in the fields, as well as the richness of highlander cuisine from all over the world. The organizers of the competition are: the Mayor of the City of Zakopane Leszek Dorula, the Zakopane Cultural Center and the Festival Press Office.

The members of the competition jury:

- Adam Brzoza, a photographer for the National Geographic Poland, an enthusiast of mountains and nature

- Robert Urbański, Zakopiec.info, a photographer who has been documenting cultural events in Zakopane for many years

- dr hab. Klaudia Cymanow-Sosin, the Institute of Journalism, Media and Social Communication of the Pontifical University of John Paul II in Krakow

- Agnieszka Nowak-Gąsienica, Deputy Mayor of the City of Zakopane

- Joanna Staszak, Director of the 52nd International Festival of Highland Folklore - Anna Karpiel-Semberecka, Head of the Festival's Press Office

- Anna Karpiel-Semberecka, head of the Press Office of the Festival

The winners list:

Accredited journalists and photojournalists category:

Main prize:

- Barbara Hadowska from Kościelisko

Special Polish Press Award:

- Waldemar Sowiński from Krakow


- Maciej Jonek from Zakopane

- Tomasz Osuchowski from Zakopane

Audience category:

Main Prize ex aequo:

- Daniel Franek from Żabnica

- Sylwia Żołądek from Szczecin

Special Award of the Director of the 52nd International Festival of Highland Folklore:

- Magdalena Stępień from Zakopane

The award of the Zakopiec.info web portal and the award for the youngest participant of the competition:

- Maria Korczak from Zakopane


- Natalia Żołądek from Szczecin

- Barbara Polańska from Sopot

The awards were presented by the Secretary of the City – Mr.Grzegorz Cisło, the President of the Kraków and Rzeszów branches of Polska Press – Mr.Grzegorz Nowosielski as well as the members of the jury: Adam Brzoza, Robert Urbański and Joanna Staszak. For the first time, the winners of the main prizes and the special Polska Press award received the commemorative statuettes apart from the diplomas and prizes. The event was also attended by the representatives of the Pontifical University of John Paul II in Krakow: Fr. prof. dr hab. Michał Drożdż, Dean of the Social Sciences Faculty, dr hab. Katarzyna Drąg, Director of the Institute of Journalism, Media and Communication and Dr. Piotr Drąg. The opening of the exhibition was hosted by Anna Karpiel-Semberecka, head of the Press Office of the Festival.

The International Festival of Highland Folklore in Zakopane, as an extremely colorful and spectacular event, has always drawn a lot of interest from professional and amateur photographers. In 2014 the idea was born that the Festival should be accompanied by a photo competition. The competition was named ‘The Element of Folklore’. Today, it is an annual event and its effects are presented in the form of an open-air post-competition exhibition. This initiative has drawn a lot of attention from the very beginning. Every year, nearly 80 journalists are accredited in the Festival's press office, most of them are photojournalists. There are also crowds of amateur photographers coming to the festival events with whatever equipment they have - SLR cameras, compact cameras and smartphones. All outdoor events are particularly popular. The ‘Element of Folklore’ competition presents awards to all enthusiasts of highlander folklore – both professional and amateur.

Take part in the upcoming edition of the festival photo competitions: Konkurs fotograficzny "Żywioł Folkloru" | Festiwale w Zakopanem

The International Festival of Highland Folklore has been organized under the Honorary Patronage of the President of the Republic of Poland Mr. Andrzej Duda and the President's Wife, Mrs. Agata Kornhauser-Duda.

The organizers of the event are the City of Zakopane, Zakopane Cultural Center

The event was co-financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage from the Culture Promotion Fund - a state special-purpose fund

Main Partner – Małopolska

Festival Partners -PGNiG, LOTTO Brand

The partner of the event is the National Institute of Rural Culture and Heritage, Polskie Tatry Inc., the Association of Highlanders - Zakopane Branch, the Dr.Tytus Chałubiński Tatra Mountains Museum.

The event is under the honorary patronage of the National Center for Culture

The event is under the Scientific Patronage of the Jagiellonian University and the Pontifical University of John Paul II.

Gazeta Krakowska, Dziennik Polski, Kwartalnik TATRY, Elity, Gość Niedzielny, Tygodnik Niedziela, Pismo Folkowe, Folk 24, Kultura Ludowa, Tygodnik Podhalański, 24tp, Góral Info
Kultura Podhala, Małopolska Online, Nowy Targ 24, Serwis Informacyjny Watra, Podhale24, TV Podhale, Zakopiec Info

Special thanks to: Społem Zakopane, Gama Zakopane, Top Brand