The Most Beautiful Country – 2022.
Competition stages

Accepting Submissions
Evaluating Photos and Determining the Finalists
Online Voting for the People’s Choice Award
Jury Meeting. Choosing the Winners

About the competition

The photo contest of the Russian Geographical Society was first held in 2015. It immediately set out to become the largest Russian wildlife photography contest. In the first year, 25 thousand participants sent about 200 thousand pictures. And in six years, the number of photos sent has increased to 570 thousand.

Any person can become a participant of the competition, regardless of place of residence, citizenship and age.

The only condition is that the photographs must be taken in Russia.

7 contests,
since 2015
90 550 participants
570 000 photographs
2 500 000 ₽ prize fund for each competition
Marco Urso
Italian wildlife photographer and travel photojournalist. Worked with National Geographic, Nature Images, Nature Best, Outdoor Photographer, Asferico, Nature, Oasis, Go Nordic.
I envy the contest participants. Russian nature has given them an incredible variety of stories and subjects. One special skill is to convey emotions and culture pattern through the photographs. If the author succeeds, then his work goes beyond the boundaries of everyday life and turns into art.

Categories and special prizes


1 Landscape

2 Wild animals

3 Birds

4 Elemental magic

5 Russia from a bird's eye view

6 Faces of Russia

7 Live archive

8 Art of wildlife (fine-art photography)

9 Macroworld

10 Underwater world

The main prize in each of the categories is

Special prizes

1 People’s choice award

2 Reserved Russia

3 Behind the scenes

Each winner of the special prize receives

How to participate in the competition

  1. Register on the website or enter your personal account under an existing login.
  2. Go through SMS authorization process.
  3. Upload photos to the site. No more than 25 works.
  4. In your personal account, keep track of how the experts evaluated your works, whether they pass to the semifinals and finals.
  5. It should be pointed out that everyone, regardless of age and place of residence, can participate in the competition. The only condition is that all photographs must be taken in Russia.

How we evaluate works

We tried to make the assessment of the participants' works as simple and transparent as possible
  • At the first stage, the photographs are evaluated by the members of the Expert Commission – these are 14 professional, reputable photographers and photo editors.
Sergey Poletaev
Aerial and architectural photographer. Winner of international photo awards and competitions: Sienna Awards-2020, 35 awards ("Air photographer-2019"), Agora Awards and others.
Ekaterina Vasyagina
Wildlife photographer and organizer of photo tours in Russia. Member of the Union of Wildlife Photographers, the Union of Photographers of Russia. Winner and finalist of the photo contests "The Most Beautiful Country", "Golden Turtle", "Wild Nature of Russia" and others. Co-founder of the project.
Alexey Volkov
Wildlife photographer. Since 2008, he has been a member of the Macroclub, an international non-profit community of photographers and fans of macro photography. Laureate of numerous festivals and exhibitions, including "Golden Turtle", Moscow State University Science Festival, "Wild Nature of Russia", "Pristine Russia", Nature Images Awards. Member of the Union of Wildlife Photographers.
The full list of the Expert Commission
  • Each work is evaluated by at least three experts on a 5-point scale.
  • Works with an average score of 4+ go to the semifinals.
  • 10 finalists in each category are selected from among the semifinalists at the in-person meeting of the Expert Commission.
  • The experts do not know the authors of the works. This ensures an impartial assessment.

This is what the in-person meeting of the Expert Commission of the competition looks like.

Follow the progress of the competition
in your personal account

In your personal account, you will be able to watch the progress of your work along the "roadmap" of the competition from the moment of uploading images to the announcement of the winners:
  • You will receive an electronic participant certificate , as soon as the first uploaded photo passes pre-moderation for compliance with the terms of the competition.
  • You will receive a notification and an electronic certificate of a semi-finalist , if the experts rate your work 4+
  • You will receive an electronic certificate of the finalist, as soon as the Expert Commission decides on the 10 best (in their opinion) photos in each category.

Photo album "The Most Beautiful Country"

All works of the finalists are published in a colorful photo album. A finalist receives the album for free. Any participant in the competition can buy it at the online store of the Russian Geographical Society.
In addition, photographs of the finalists and winners are exhibited in Russia and around the world.They will also be presented at an online exhibition with elements of augmented reality, which will soon appear on the website With the help of a special application, you can "bring to life" the best photographs of the "The Most Beautiful Country". The wait is almost over…

How to contact us

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