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.
IBTimes UK presents a selection of the winners. To see all 294 winning photos, go to thebestofrussia.ru/en Victor Berezkin, Moscow: Victory Day parade in honour of the 70th anniversary of Russia triumphing over the Nazis in the Second World War Victor Berezkin/Best of Russia Natalia Skripka, Partizansk, Primorsky Krai: Tired of War Natalia Skripka/Best of Russia Mitry Moiseenko, Kamchatka Krai: An aerial shot of Klyuchevskaya Sopka, an active stratovolcano and the highest mountain on the Kamchatka Peninsula Mitry Moiseenko/AirPano/Best of Russia Vitaly Novikov, Ura-Guba, Murmansk Oblast: Aurora Borealis in the Murmansk region during the polar night. The vessel is illuminated with a flashlight Vitaly Novikov/Best of Russia Vitaly Nevar, Kaliningrad: A child sees God as the people pray on the feast of the Nativity at the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour in Kaliningrad Vitaly Nevar/Best of Russia Alexander Kryazhev, Poteryaevka, Altai Krai: Evening prayer at a children's Orthodox camp in honour of the Hieromartyr Clement of Ancyra Alexander Kryazhev/Best of Russia Natalia Garnelis, Moscow: Muslims pray during the festival of sacrifice, Eid al-Adha, at the Moscow Cathedral Mosque Natalia Garnelis/Best of Russia Cyril Uyutnov, Uryung city, Sakha (Yakutia) Republic: An Arctic fox jumps on ice floes and icebergs in the Laptev Sea Cyril Uyutnov,/Best of Russia Denis Degtyarev, Nikolskoye, Kamchatka Krai: A sivush or northern sea lion, the largest representative of the family of eared seals Denis Degtyarev/Best of Russia Daria Goritsyna, Saint Petersburg: Carefully You Listen Daria Goritsyna/Best of Russia Dmitry Shirinkin, Sochi: Storm approaching on the sea Dmitry Shirinkin/Best of Russia Daniel Korzhonov, Komi Republic: Mount Otorten in the Northern Urals in winter Daniel Korzhonov/Best of Russia Vitali Voronin, Balandino village, Chelyabinsk Oblast: Two veterans, Petro and Nastya, combined age 183 years. Grandma always patiently listens to his stories. Vitali Voronin/Best of Russia Juno Kotljarova, Moscow Oblast: Together Juno Kotljarova/Best of Russia Yulia Kozlova, Moscow: International Military Music Festival at Spasskaya Tower, Red Square Yulia Kozlova/Best of Russia Alexander Kadnikov, Kurgan Oblast: Museum in Kurgan Alexander Kadnikov/Best of Russia Vlad Sidorak, Moscow: Transition Vlad Sidorak/Best of Russia Dmitry Ilyin, Podolsk, Moscow Oblast: A woman prays at the local church on a frosty night Dmitry Ilyin/Best of Russia Pascal Dumont, Moscow: Veteran of the Second World War, the honorary guest at a Victory Day parade to celebrate the 70th anniversary of Russia triumphing over the Nazis in the Second World War Pascal Dumont/Best of Russia Sergey Savostianov, Kazan, Republic of Tatarstan: Czech diver Michal Navratil competes on the 27-metre platform at the XVI World Aquatic Championships Sergey Savostianov, TASS/Best of Russia Julia Artemyev, Nizhny Novgorod: Marina Mastyka, a ballerina at the Nizhny Novgorod Theatre of Opera and Ballet, is pictured during a rehearsal Julia Artemyev/Best of Russia Octavia Kolt, Saint Petersburg: Angelina Vorontsova, prima ballerina, performs on stage at the Mikhailovsky Theatre Octavia Kolt/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 Tatiana Shibaeva, Yakshanga, Kostroma Oblast: A dog is surrounded by goats Tatiana Shibaeva/Best of Russia Anton Petrus, Multa, Altai Republic: Air bubbles frozen into the ice over Multinskiye lake, Altai Anton Petrus/Best of Russia Kirill Sergeev, Baikal, Irkutsk Oblast: A labyrinth made of ice is built on Baikal lake on the day of the Vernal Equinox Kirill Sergeev/Best of Russia
Vitaly Ivanov, Hatanga, Krasnoyarsk Krai: The winner of the reindeer herders' race in Taimyr in far northern Russia is covered in icicles Vitaly Ivanov/Best of Russia