1. LANDSCAPE. Pictures showing the greatness, diversity and beauty of the pristine nature of our country. Forests and fields, mountains and waterfalls, rivers and lakes, seas and oceans. Pictures full of grandeur and space, or small-scale ones, idyllic and pastoral, full of colors and emotions, or melancholy.
    The presence of urban elements in the shot is allowed only as an exception, as compositionally justified details, but not as the main subject of shooting.
  2. WILD ANIMALS. Vivid moments from the life of wild animals in their natural habitat. The category accepts pictures of all animals without exception, excluding birds.
  3. BIRDS. Scenes from the life of wild birds, their beauty, interaction with each other and the environment.
  4. ELEMENTAL MAGIC. Natural phenomena in all their diversity and beauty. Pictures of storms and thunderstorms, blizzards and snowfalls, ice drifts and floods. Shots filled with movement and emotions, the powerful energy of our planet, forcing you to bow before the greatness of nature and the power of the elements.
    Photos, in which it is not a person or animals, but the elements that became a source of inspiration for the photographer. Compositionally, situationally justified presence of people or animals in the shot is allowed, but not as the main subject of shooting.
  5. RUSSIA FROM A BIRD’S EYE VIEW. Panoramic shots taken from a drone (quadcopter) over the vast Russian expanses. The subject of shooting can be natural landscapes, animals, etc. The presence of urban elements in the shot is allowed only as compositionally justified details, but not as the main subject of shooting.
  6. FACES OF RUSSIA. Ethnographic portraiture of the peoples of Russia. First of all, close-up portraits of people are accepted for the category. The category demonstrates the diversity of peoples living in our country, their characters, images.
  7. LIVE ARCHIVE. Contemporary photographs, recreating the archival ones. On the special page of this category, the participants of the Photo Contest are provided with a set of photographs of Russia of the late 19th – first half of the 20th century from the archives of the Society and the archives of the partners of the category. Contemporary shots taken in the same place, if possible from the same angle as the corresponding archival photographs, are accepted for the Photo Contest.
    In addition, the participants of the contest can independently upload archival photographs and modern photographs created based on them. However, in this case, the participant of the Photo Contest must simultaneously comply with two conditions – to be the author of modern photograph, as well as to have the rights to archival photograph to be able to transfer the rights to these archival photographs to the Society in an amount equal to the amount of rights stipulated in section 10 of this Regulation "License Agreement".
    Contest Regulations.
    More about the category "Live Archive".
  8. ART OF WILDLIFE (FINE-ART PHOTOGRAPHY). Photos that create emotional and associative images (art objects) – from the macrocosm to filming from the Earth's orbit.
  9. MACROWORLD. Shots that convey the grace and complex organization of a world that is difficult to see with the naked eye.
  10. TAKEN ON A SMARTPHONE. Photos taken on a smartphone that reflect one of the main categories of the adult competition.


The winner in each category will receive 250,000 rubles. The winners of the 2nd and 3rd places will receive award certificates of the contest.


Special prizes

  1. «PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARD». The winner of the prize is determined by open voting on the website of the photo contest from among the finalists of the contest in all categories. The voting results are approved by the Photo Contest Jury.
  2. «RESERVED RUSSIA». Awarded for the best shot taken in specially protected natural areas (SPNA). The winner of the prize is determined by the partner of the competition – “VTB Bank” PJSC.
  3. «MEN OF ACTION». Narrative or journalistic portraits or group photos from small territories of Russia (settlements up to 200,000 inhabitants) about "men of action" who are leaders or active participants in the life/projects of local communities and change the life around them by their actions. The winner of the prize is determined by the partner of the contest – the Elena and Gennady Timchenko Foundation.


The winner of the People’s Choice Award will receive a gift set from the RGS.
The winner of Reserved Russia will receive 100,000 rubles.
The winner of “Men of Action” will receive a special gift from a partner.