«The most beautiful country»

There has started the receipt of works for the IV photo contest of the Russian Geographical Society «The most beautiful country» at the website www.rgo.ru. This scale media project is aimed at preservation of the natural and cultural heritage of Russia and fostering a caring attitude to the environment through the art of photography.

In the rules of the competition there are no restrictions on the age and place of residence of participants. The main condition - photos should be made only on the territory of our country.

 

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«Having hidden». Author Denis Budkov, the winner of the III photo contest of the Russian Geographical Society «the most beautiful country»
«Having hidden». Author Denis Budkov, the winner of the III photo contest of the Russian Geographical Society «the most beautiful country»

The photo contest took place in 2015 for the first time. 25 thousand photographers from all over the world took part in it. They had loaded about 200 thousand pictures. The oldest participant of the photo contest was 98 years old, and the youngest – only 4 years old.

The project aroused great public resonance and became annual, and exhibitions of works of its finalists and winners are successfully exhibited all over the world.

So, in 2017 the best photos according to the version of the Russian Geographical Society could be admired in the international airports and Russian cultural centers abroad, on Moscow boulevards and the main streets of our country, as well as in 15 countries of the world. About seven million people looked at the exhibition. In addition, the program «Morning of Russia» channel «Russia 1» told about the progress of the project.

 

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The exhibition of the Russian Geographical Society in Arbat Street. Photo by Nikolay Razuvayev
The exhibition of the Russian Geographical Society in Arbat Street. Photo by Nikolay Razuvayev

Every year in the photo contest there are new nominations that allow photographers to express themselves and show the multifaceted beauty of our country. At the same time, such well-established categories like «Landscape», «Underwater World», «Cultural Heritage» and a number of others remain.

THE NOMINATIONS OF THE IV PHOTO CONTEST «THE MIST BEAUTIFUL COUNTRY»

In pursuit of unique cadres, many project participants organized special expeditions, which, in their own words, became for them a real adventure and the most significant history of the year.

For example, pictures for the nomination «Caves of Russia» were extracted in the truest sense of the word from under the ground.

 

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«Ice river». Author Marina Malikova, the winner of the third photo contest of the Russian Geographical Society «The most beautiful country»
«Ice river». Author Marina Malikova, the winner of the third photo contest of the Russian Geographical Society «The most beautiful country»

And in order to make amazing shots of sea lions, sea lions and seals of lords, photographers went to the remote island of Moneron, which is a natural phenomenon of the Far East.

 

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«Beach season». Photo by Andrei Sidorov, finalist of the 2nd photo contest of the Russian Geographical Society «The most beautiful country»
«Beach season». Photo by Andrei Sidorov, finalist of the 2nd photo contest of the Russian Geographical Society «The most beautiful country»

However, as the experience of our photographers shows, it is possible to make a successful shot at home. So, the author of this beautiful and gentle picture was going to capture the flight of cherry blossoms in his native Grozny, lay under a tree and sent the lens up. And suddenly in the viewfinder he saw an owl sitting on a branch and looking directly into the camera.

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«Owl is the mistress of the cherry blossom.» Author Mansur Serganov, the finalist of the third photo contest of the Russian Geographical Society «The most beautiful country»
«Owl is the mistress of the cherry blossom.» Author Mansur Serganov, the finalist of the third photo contest of the Russian Geographical Society «The most beautiful country»

The President of the Russian Geographical Society Sergey Shoygu, the Russian photographer of wild nature Sergey Gorshkov, sculptor and artist Dashi Namdakov, as well as other famous personalities are the members of the Jury of the contest.

 

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Session of the jury of the photo contest «The most beautiful country». Photo by Vadim Grishankin
Session of the jury of the photo contest «The most beautiful country». Photo by Vadim Grishankin

The primary selection of photos will be carried out by independent experts, including famous photographers and heads of the country's largest photo services.

The primary selection of photos will be conducted by independent experts, there are famous photographers among them and heads of the largest photo services of the country.

 

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Expert Commission of the photo contest «The most beautiful country». Photo by Nikolay Razuvayev
Expert Commission of the photo contest «The most beautiful country». Photo by Nikolay Razuvayev

Join the team of photographers of the Russian Geographical Society! Open Russia anew with us!

The valuable prizes are waiting for the winners!

WEBSITE OF PHOTO CONTEST (here you can find detailed description of the nominations, information on the stages of the contest and other necessary information about the project).