The joint-stock company "Marka" has issued five types of pre-stamped postcards with photos of the winners of the III "Most beautiful country" photo contest. The total circulation is 10 thousand cards.
The Most Beautiful Country is an annual event, an important media project of the Russian Geographical Society. Each year it attracts thousands of photographers. The contest is dedicated to the preservation of Russia’s wildlife. It was first held in 2015. Since that time more than 400 thousand images have been downloaded to website at photo.rgo.ru.
The first card depicts the “Hidden” by Denis Budkov. It depicts a fox "hidden" between the dried stems of hogweed plants. The picture was the winner in the category "Wild Animals".
On the second card there is a picture by Yegor Nikiforov, the winner in the category "Underwater World" - "Octopus and its surroundings". This photo was taken in the Bay of Rudnaya in the Sea of Japan. The picture shows a giant octopus of Doflein hiding in the rock where flocks of small eastern perch already live.
A photograph by Svetlana Gorbatykh "Yamal round dance", which won the category "Russia in the bird's-eye view", became an illustration for the third card. The picture shows a herd of deer in the parking lot of one of the indigenous peoples of the Far North on the Yamal Peninsula.
The fourth card shows the image of "Parallel Worlds" by winner in the category "The most beautiful country. Landscape" Vladislav Sokolovsky. It depicts Altai Lake Jangyskol and snow-covered mountain peaks reflected in its waters.
"Star of the North", a photo by Yegor Nikiforov, is on the fifth card. The photo was taken near the coast of the Barents Sea: it depicted a starfish in the coastal thickets of algae in the northern lights.
The publication of "geographical" postal payment instruments, including pre-stamped cards, is conducted under the cooperation agreement between the Russian Geographical Society and the Federal Communications Agency. In addition to the cards, envelopes and stamps with geographic images have been issued since the agreement was signed.
One can purchase postcards, envelopes and stamps in the Russian Post offices, as well as in the shop of the Company "Marka" (Moscow, Prospekt Mira, 118).