A huge annual photography competition aims to capture a year in the life of the biggest country on Earth. The Best of Russia contest attracts thousands of entries from amateur and professional photographers across the country.
The judges of this year’s contest have selected 294 winners, across five categories: Nature, People and Daily Life, Style, and Architecture, and a special theme for this year: War and Peace Within Us. The only condition for entry is that photos must have been taken in Russia between September 2014 and November 2015. The images help to give an idea of the scale and diversity of a country so vast it spans 11 time zones.
To see all 294 winning photos, go to thebestofrussia.ru/en
Mitry Moiseenko, Kamchatka Krai: An aerial shot of Klyuchevskaya Sopka, an active stratovolcano and the highest mountain on the Kamchatka Peninsula
Vitaly Novikov, Ura-Guba, Murmansk Oblast: Aurora Borealis in the Murmansk region during the polar night. The vessel is illuminated with a flashlight
Cyril Uyutnov, Uryung city, Sakha (Yakutia) Republic: An Arctic fox jumps on ice floes and icebergs in the Laptev SeaCyril Uyutnov,/Best of Russia
Daniel Korzhonov, Komi Republic: Mount Otorten in the Northern Urals in winterDaniel Korzhonov/Best of Russia
Larisa Ivanova, Saint Petersburg: An elderly woman kisses a goat at a dacha at Sinyavino settlement in the Leningrad region Larisa Ivanova/Best of Russia
Anton Petrus, Multa, Altai Republic: Air bubbles frozen into the ice over Multinskiye lake, Altai
Kirill Sergeev, Baikal, Irkutsk Oblast: A labyrinth made of ice is built on Baikal lake on the day of the Vernal Equinox