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Filter your mask with a kernel having the size you want to find and then take the maximum response, if this response is not the size of the kernel, there doesn't exist a large enough patch, otherwise you can use its location for a suitable patch.

Code:

```
import cv2
import numpy as np
# read in your image
mask = cv2.imread('zEBLK2z.jpg', cv2.CV_LOAD_IMAGE_GRAYSCALE)
# make sure the masked part is 1 (not 255)
mask[mask>0] = 1
# make a window with the minimum window size to find
min_s = 16
kernel = np.ones((min_s, min_s),dtype=np.uint8)
# filter the image with this kernel
res = cv2.filter2D(mask, cv2.CV_16S, kernel)
# find the maximum
m = np.amax(res)
# if the maximum is the area of your window at least
# one location has been found
if m == min_s*min_s:
mask_color = cv2.cvtColor(mask*255, cv2.cv.CV_GRAY2BGR)
# show each location where we found the maximum
# i.e. a possible location for a patch
mask_color[res == m] = (0,255,0)
# if you are only interested in the first hit use this:
# find firs index and convert it to coordinates of the mask
y,x = np.unravel_index(np.argmax(res), mask.shape)
# could do now other things with this location,
# but for now just show it in another color
mask_color[y:y+min_s,x:x+min_s] = (255,0,0)
cv2.imwrite('result.png', mask_color)
```

Result (green: all possible locations, blue the first one):

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