The Photo Contest of the Russian Geographical Society «The most beautiful country» is dedicated to maintaining the wild nature of Russia and education of careful attitude to the environment through the art of photography.

 

The Russian Geographical Society has been trying to tell about the nature, history and culture of our country at all times. For that purpose the best writers, artists, journalists and, of course, photographers have been attracted. There are unique photo materials of famous E.Ermakov, N.Mikloukho-Maclay, G.Tsibikov, etc.

 

By the way, not many people know that the world fame to the magazine National Geographic was brought by the publication of the first photographs of Tibet. That photos were made by the members of the Russian Geographical Society Gombozháb Tsybikov and Ovshé Norzunov.

 

There have always been a bunch of famous photographers in the ranks of the Society: that is enough to remember Vladimir Shneyderov and Vasily Peskov. That is why we had to launch our own Photo Contest, open for everyone. It started in June, 2015, and has become annual from the year of 2016.

 

The ideas, structure and nominations of the Photo Contest are based on the tremendous experience,  having been gained by the Russian Geographical Society for 170 years of study of Russia.

 

Creating of the own Photo Contest of the Russian Geographical Society caused a great public outcry. There took part 25 thousand people in 2015, who had sent about 200 thousand works - an unprecedented number for a new project, dedicated to wild nature.

 

There are no restrictions on age and place of residence of the participants of the contest in the rules of our creative competition. That is why the photos of Russia had been sent not only from our country, but from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Great Britain, Germany, Greece, Denmark, Israel, Italy, Lithuania, Moldova, Pakistan, Poland, Republic of Abkhazia, Serbia, the USA, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Ukraine, Finland, France, Czech Republic, Estonia, Japan and other countries.

 

The oldest participant of the first Photo Contest was 98 ages old, and the youngest was only 4 years old!

 

Primary selection of photos was executed by the independent Expert Commission, which consisted of the bild-editors and art critics.

 

Besides, anyone could feel themselves as the photo experts. The best photographer in the «People`s Choice Award» nomination was selected by open public voting on the website of the project.

 

The awarding ceremony of the winners of the first Photo Contest took place at the Festival of the Russian Geographical Society, which was held from the 30th of October to the 8th of November, 2015 in the Central House of Artists in Moscow. The honorary diplomas and prizes were presented to winners by the first persons of the country. To read more

The winners of the second Photo Contest were announced at the awarding ceremony of the Award of the Russian Geographical Society in the State Kremlin Palace the 24th of November, 2016. To watch video (from the following moment 58:40)