The jury of the V RGS photo contest "The Most Beautiful Country" became known. There are the RGS President Sergey Shoigu, the film director and screenwriter Andrey Konchalovsky, the director of the State Museum of Fine Arts Named After A.S.Pushkin Marina Loshak, the director general of PJSC “Aeroflot” and member of the Board of Trustees of the Russian Geographical Society Vitaly Savelyev, the Russian athlete and two-time Olympic athletics champion Elena Isinbayeva, the theater and cinema actor Viktor Khorinyak, the famous photographers Sergey Gorshkov, Andrey Shpatak, Daniel Korzhonov and Ivan Kurinnoy.
The jury is chaired by Konstantin Leifer, the former head of the TASS editors office of photo information.
The RGS photo contest "The Most Beautiful Country" is held annually since 2015. This is a large-scale media project involving tens of thousands photographers. There were uploaded to the site of the project photo.rgo.ru about 400 thousand pictures. The competition is dedicated to the preservation of wildlife of Russia and the promotion of careful attitide to the environment. There are no restrictions on the age and place of residence of the participants. The main condition is that the photo should be made in Russia.
Acceptance of works for the V photo contest began on 1 October 2018. Meanwhile more than 10 thousand pictures has been uploaded to the site photo.rgo.ru.
There are 12 categories. Among them are "Landscape","Architecture", "Birds", "Those Funny Animals", "Underwater World", "Many-Sided Russia", "From Sunset Till Dawn" and other. And there is a new category this year - "Taken on a Smartphone".
Children aged 5-16 years old can take part in the contest too. The special part of the contest was created for them - "The Most Beautiful Country Through Children's Eyes". There are 5 categories: "Landscape", "World of Animals", "World of Birds", "World of People" and "Makroworld".
Photos are accepted until March 31, 2019. After that, the expert commission of the competition composed of professional photographers and heads of the largest photo services of leading Russian news agencies will begin work. Experts will determine the finalists of “The Most Beautiful Country”. Then, the jury will select the winners of the competition among the finalists in each nomination at the in-person meeting at the RGS Headquarters in Moscow. The selection of the works of the finalists and winners is anonymous - experts and jury members see only the pictures themselves, but not the names of their authors evaluating the photos.