A picture of the city of Kola can receive the People's Choice Award of the "The Most Beautiful Country" contest

The city of Kola. Photo by Svetlana Lebedeva

Svetlana Lebedeva's photo, taken in one of the oldest settlements of the Kola Peninsula, participates in the contest for the right to have the "The Most Beautiful Country" People's Choice Award. It is presented in the "Live Archive" nomination. In this nomination each participant presents two pictures — an archival one and a modern one.


Arkhangelsk province, Kola, photographed by Ya. I. Leitzinger, 1887

Svetlana Lebedeva's photo and other participants' photos are presented on a special page of the website of the "Most Beautiful Country" contest. To vote, you only need to have an account in the VKontakte or Odnoklassniki social networks or on the Mail.ru or Yandex.ru websites. The pictures were selected from 46,893 images from 5,934 authors, including 669 children by the members of the Expert Commission at an in-person meeting on April 27, 2022.


Among the finalists are ten photos in the nominations of the main contest and five in the nominations of "The Most Beautiful Country through the Eyes of Children" contest. The selection of photographs was anonymous, the members of the Expert Commission did not know the names or surnames of the photographers.

You can choose any number of photos you like, but you can only give one vote to each picture. Any vote fraud is prohibited, but finalists have the right to promote their works. 

In 2022, the participants of the "Most Beautiful Country" will compete in ten nominations for adults: "Landscape", "Wild animals", "Birds", "Elemental magic", "Russia from a bird's-eye view", "Russia in faces", "Live Archive", "Art of Wildlife (art-photo)", "Macroworld", "Underwater world" and in four nominations for children: "Landscape", "Animal World", "The World from a bird's-eye view" and "Natural Phenomena".

You can choose the best picture from among the finalists until June 6, 2022. The jury will name the winner in June 2022.

In addition, there will also be winner of a special prize, "Reserved Russia". It is a prize from the partner of the competition, VTB Bank. It will be awarded to the author of the best shot taken in specially protected natural areas.

"The Most Beautiful Country" is one of the largest Russian photo contests. Both professionals and amateurs without any age and place of residence restrictions are welcome to participate in the contest. The only condition is that all the pictures must be taken on the territory of Russia.

The contest was held for the first time in 2015 and immediately attracted the public attention. Since then, the Russian Geographical Society has received 622 thousand works from 36,779 authors in a span of 8 years.

The main award in each nomination of the main contest is 250,000 rubles. The winners in the children's nominations will receive quadrocopters as a gift. The winners of the special prizes "Reserved Russia" and "People's Choice Award" will receive 100,000 rubles. The finalists' works will be featured in photo exhibitions in Russia and abroad.