The Most Beautiful Country Photo Contest

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“The Most Beautiful Country” is an annual event, a large-scale media project of the Russian Geographical Society aimed at preserving the nature of Russia and promoting an attitude of care towards the environment. It was first held in 2015. 

There are neither age nor location limits to enter the contest. The main condition is that photos submitted to the contest should have been taken in the territory of Russia.

More than 400,000 images have been submitted to the website of the contest at since 2015. 

The selection of images is conducted in several stages.  At the first stage works are checked to comply with requirements and rules of the contest. Then on the website of the contest they are reviewed by independent experts, including professional photographers and heads of photo services of the Russian leading news agencies. The pictures that have a score of 4-5 are through to the semi-finals. Then at a meeting at the Society HQ, each expert selects 10 best photos in each category. The photographs with the highest number of votes go to the finals. The winners are selected by the jury.

The works are evaluated and selected anonymously: neither experts nor jury members see names of their authors. 

“Such contests provide an opportunity to make more and more discoveries, and even those people who often travel through the country and have seen quite a lot can understand once again that there is no such beautiful country as Russia”, said Sergey Shoygu, the president of the Russian Geographical Society.

We would like to remind you that the IV photo contest "The Most Beautiful Country" took place from December 19, 2017 to April 3, 2018. More than 45,000 images were uploaded to the website The award ceremony took place on December 7, 2018. All the photos of the winners are published at:

Accepting of photos for the V photo contest "The Most Beautiful Country" is started since October 1, 2018.

The Rules of the contest are available here