Jury of the VIII “Most Beautiful Country” photo contest (2022)


Sergei K. Shoigu


President of the Russian Geographical Society.

Sergei Gorshkov


Russian wildlife photographer. Best wildlife photographer of the year, according to the Wildlife Photographer of the Year - 2020 Award.

Ivan Wagner


Roskosmos test cosmonaut. In April-October 2020, he made a space flight as a flight engineer of the Soyuz MS-16 spacecraft. In orbit, in addition to his main work, he was actively involved in photography.

Sergei Garmash


Theater and film actor, director, screenwriter.

Vladimir Mashkov


Russian theater and film actor, director, producer. Artistic director of the Oleg Tabakov Moscow Theater.

Marco Urso


Italian wildlife photographer and travel photojournalist. Worked for Oasis, Natura, Asferico, Image Mag, Go Nordic. He has become winner and prize-winner of many photo contests, including National Geographic, Nature Best, Wildlife Photographer of the Year, Travel Photography of the Year, Big Print, Glanzlic, European Photographer of the Year.

Yuri Smityuk


Russian photographer, specializing in wildlife, landscape and reportage photography. Winner of the VII “Most Beautiful Country” photo contest (2021, nomination “Landscape”) and the III “Most Beautiful Country” photo contest (2017, nomination “The world is in our hands”). He works as photojournalist for the TASS agency in the Far East.

Olga Michi


Russian photographer, specializing in artistic photography. She has worked in various genres of photography, has created documentary, scientific and educational projects.

Yulia Petrova


Director of the Museum of Russian Impressionism. PhD in Art History, Associate Professor of the Department of Cinema and Contemporary Art of the Faculty of Art History of the Russian State University for the Humanities. She has worked as a curator of many contemporary art exhibitions. She was member of the Expert Council of the Moscow International Biennale of Contemporary Art (2016-2017).

Zara (Zarifa Mgoyan)


Russian singer, the Honored Artist of the Russian Federation.

Andrew Parkinson


British photographer. One of the most awarded wildlife photographers (over 80 awards of prestigious photography competitions). He has become the overall winner of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year award for four times and the winner of the European Wildlife Photographer of the Year award for five times. He has also received awards Big Picture Natural World award and Bird Photographer of the Year award. Held more than 40 solo exhibitions, including those in Russian cities of Novosibirsk (2011), St. Petersburg (2017) and Moscow (2017, 2018).

Michel Roggo


Swiss photographer specializing in the fauna of fresh lakes photography. Senior Fellow at iLCP (International League of Conservation Photographers). He has participated in more than 150 expeditions, including those in Russian regions of Siberia and the Far East (2012, 2016, 2019). He has become multiple prize-winner of the following photo contests: Wildlife Photographer of the Year, European Wildlife Photographer of the Year. He was recognized as the Photographer of the Year at the Russian “Golden Turtle” Wildlife Festival (2013).

Luciano Gaudenzio


Italian wildlife photographer, photo albums and books author. He has won such competitions as Glanzlichter, ASFERICO, GDT, Wildlife Photographer of the Year.