An exhibition of the Russian Geographical Society "The Most Beautiful Country" opened at the headquarters of the United Nations in New York. The exposition is dedicated to the UN climate summit, which opened the day before, on September 23.
The exhibition was visited by representatives of official delegations - participants of the summit and the 74th UN General Assembly. From the side of the Russian Geographical Society, its opening was attended by First Deputy Executive Director of the RGS Ilya Gurov, and consultant on international activities Olga Lapina. Ilya Gurov noted the particular importance of the categories of the RGS competition on nature conservation. “The Society seeks to popularize not only Russia's unique natural heritage, but also the idea of preserving it among Russians and abroad,” he emphasized.
Special Representative of the President of the Russian Federation on Climate Issues Ruslan Edelgeriev also attended the opening ceremony.
“For more than 150 years, specialists of the Russian Geographical Society have been striving to learn new things about Earth, and they help to preserve the world's natural resources on the basis of detailed studies. Our country is one of the richest territories in this respect. The variety of climatic zones and conditions for the prosperity of flora and fauna is truly unique. The photo exhibition will allow us to look at a small part of this infinitely beautiful and at an inimitable kaleidoscope of Russian nature,” said Ruslan Edelgeriev in his welcoming speech.
The exhibition presents 17 photographic works. These are pictures of finalists and winners of the annual photo contest of the RGS "The Most Beautiful Country". Each of the works reflects the diversity of the nature of Russia. For example, one of the pictures captures a young fox that is admiring the sun rising from Kamchatka hills. The author of the photo, Alexander Zus, compared him with the character of the Fox from "The Little Prince" by Antoine de Saint-Exupery. And Dmitry Ovinin made a photo of the snowy, as if painted in oil, North Caucasian mountain slopes, which fetch out the contrasting silhouettes of snow-covered tree trunks.
The geography of the contest covers most regions of Russia. Many shots were taken in hard-to-reach places, in protected areas. Photographers did a great job: some sank to the seabed, others rose to the sky for the sake of making a stunning photo.
The photo contest "The Most Beautiful Country" is a large-scale media project, in which tens of thousands photographers participate annually. The competition is dedicated to the preservation of wildlife of Russia and the promotion of careful attitude to the environment. It was held for the first time in 2015. About 400 thousand pictures were uploaded to the site of the project: photo.rgo.ru during four years of existence of the contest. The main condition is that the photo should be taken in Russia. Exhibitions of works by participants in the photo contest are regularly held in Russia and abroad.