Russian Geographical Society has completed the admission of works for the contest "The Most Beautiful Country". 10 102 authors sent their photos to the jury this year. Together, they uploaded almost 42 thousand pictures. Among them, 37 953 works participate in the main competition, and 3 882 works are in the children's competition.
The most popular category is "Landscape". 10 867 works are competing in it. A new category for this year is “Shot on a Smartphone” and it has not yet become popular, there are 4379 photos.
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.
Acceptance of works for the V photo contest began on October 1, 2018. There are 12 categories: "Landscape", "From Sunset Till Dawn", "Mammals", "Birds", "Macroworld", "Underwater World", "Those Funny Animals", "Art of Wildlife", "Russia From a Birds Eye View", "Many-Sided Russia". And there is a new category - "Architecture" and "Taken on a Smartphone". The new part of the contest appeared in 2019 - "The Most Beautiful Country Through the Eyes of Children". Young photographers aged from 5 to 16 years old can participate in it. Nominations: "Landscape", "World of Animals", "World of Birds", "World of People" and "Makroworld".
Public figures, art historians, photographers will evaluate the photos. The primary selection of photographs will be carried out by independent experts, including well-known photographers and heads of the country's largest photo services. The chairman of the jury of the competition will be Konstantin Leifer.
There are money prizes of 250 thousands rubles for the winners of the adult contest "The Most Beautiful Countrty" and professional cameras for the winners of the children competition. The best works will be shown at exhibitions in Russia and abroad.