Today, on May 16, at the Moscow Headquarters of the Russian Geographical Society, a meeting of the expert commission of the 4th "Most Beautiful Country" photo has taken place. Professional photographers and heads of the largest photo services of the leading news agencies of Russia determined the finalists of the creative competition.
The annual photo contest "The most beautiful country" is a large-scale media project of the Russian Geographical Society, dedicated to preserving the wild nature of Russia and fostering respect for the environment. There are no restrictions on the age and place of residence of participants in the rules of the competition. The main condition - pictures should be made only in Russia.
Of the approximately 47,000 entries submitted to the portal photo.rgo.ru from December 2017 to April 2018, independent experts had to select 120 photo-finalists, 10 pictures in each of the 12 nominations.
The selection took place in several stages. First, the photos were checked for compliance with the rules and technical requirements of the competition. Then, on the website of the photo contest, experts evaluated the pictures on a five-point scale. Works, scored 4-5 points, went to the semifinals. Among them, at a full-time meeting at the Headquarters of the Russian Geographical Society, each expert selected the top ten photos in each category. The photos that received the highest number of votes reached the final.
This year two new nominations appeared at the competition: "Russia in the faces" and "These funny animals". There are well-known nominations among the nominations of the photo contest: "Indigenous and small peoples of Russia", "Landscape", "Wild animals", "Birds", "Underwater world", "Russia from a bird's eye view", "Cultural heritage", " our hands ","Caves"," Macromir ".
The names of the finalists will be announced shortly. Their works will be posted on the website of the photo contest.
On May 29 at the Headquarters of the Russian Geographical Society in Moscow there will take place a meeting of the photo contest jury. Among the finalists of the creative competition, the members of the jury will select the winner in each nomination.
In 2018, the jury of the photo contest included the President of the Russian Geographical Society Sergey Shoygu, producer, general director of First Channel Konstantin Ernst, director Andrei Konchalovsky, art critic, general director of the Tretyakov Gallery Zelphira Tregulova, sculptor and artist Dashi Namdakov, photographers Ivan Kurinnoy, Denis Budkov , Andrey Narchuk. The chairman of the jury is the famous wildlife photographer Sergei Gorshkov.
Selection of works of finalists and winners of the contest is strictly anonymous - studying photographs, experts and jury members can see only the pictures themselves, but not the names of their authors.