On November 29, Prince Albert II of Monaco attended the photo exhibition of the Russian Geographical Society "The Most Beautiful Country". The exhibition opened on the territory of St. Martin's Gardens. Ilya Gurov, first deputy executive director of the Russian Geographical Society, conducted a tour of the photo exhibition for the prince.
The photo exhibition of the Russian Geographical Society in the Principality of Monaco has been long awaited. However, due to the unstable epidemiological situation in the world, it could be opened only now. The exhibition features photographs that tell about the richness and beauty of Russian nature. The exhibition invariably arouses great interest in Russia and abroad. More than 50 million people have already visited it in various countries of the world.
As part of of the visit of the RGS delegation under the leadership of the Vice-President of the Russian Geographical Society Nikolai Kasimov, a presentation of the activities of the Russian Geographical Society was planned in Monaco, as well as a working meeting with the leadership of the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation to discuss the prospects for expanding partnerships.
Prince Albert II has been a member of the Board of Trustees of the Russian Geographical Society since 2011. Since 2016, the Society has been cooperating with the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, which, like the Russian Geographical Society, is engaged in environmental protection, preservation and popularization of cultural heritage.
The most prominent stage of bilateral cooperation was the project to study the population of the Caspian seal, completed in 2021. Its implementation was carried out jointly by the Russian Geographical Society, the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation and the Autonomous Non-profit Organization "The Caucasus Nature Center".
The annual photo competition "The Most Beautiful Country" is a large-scale media project of the Russian Geographical Society dedicated to the preservation of the wild nature of Russia and fostering a respect for the environment. The first photo contest was held in 2015.
Both a professional photographer and an amateur can participate in the photo competition. In the rules of the creative competition, there are no restrictions on the age and place of residence of the participants. The main condition is that the photographs must be taken only on the territory of Russia.