How to enter

Russian Landscape is divided into two major nominations — the Landscape Photographer of the Year and the Young Landscape Photographer of the Year (for those born after June, 1 1993). To enter the competition you have to register, upload your images and pay your entry fee. Young participants under 18 may act for themselves or they may entrust their representation to their Children’s photo school director.

Each nomination consists of four categories. Each participant may submit images in one or more categories, the total number of images uploaded for the competition per participant must be 15 or less.

selecting your image
choosing a category
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Step 1: Selecting Your Images

All images must be taken in the Russian Federation.

Every image must be taken using a sufficiently high resolution camera capable to reproduce the image in A4 size (at 300 ppi). We recommend using a camera of 9 mega pixels or more.

Please make sure that your camera has its highest-quality settings. Use RAW format.

You can also submit images scanned from film or negative to all categories.

All entries must be taken within ten years or earlier before the competition closing date. Images that have won an award (winners, runners-up or special award owners) in other national or international competitions, or those entered in such a competition where the results have not been announced yet, are not eligible for entry.

Digital adjustments of entries are allowed. However, it is essential to maintain the integrity of the image — physical changes to the landscape are not permitted. Removing or adding objects and inserting parts from another image are unacceptable. The organizers reserve the right to disqualify any image when they doubt its authenticity due to over-manipulation.

Images containing logos, captions, frames etc. are not eligible for entry.

Black & white and panoramic images are acceptable.

Other hints to help you to select your images:

Focus. The image should be sharp except when the blur is an intentional effect. The best entries will be printed in the book and displayed as large prints at the exhibition, so the quality of images must be as high as possible. Use the best possible camera and optics.

Light. Light is a key to a beautiful landscape. The most important thing is that the light must agree with the image. Depending on the subject storm light, early morning light, even flat light can look perfect.

Composition. When selecting your images for the entry, stand back and view them from a distance as a whole. Are there any odd objects in the shot? Isn’t the horizon on a slant? Would it better if you move the focus a little to the left or lower the camera nearer to the ground? There are a lot of factors that contribute to the integrity of a composition, but when all details come together as a single whole and look harmonious — it is obvious.

Emotions. They are a very personal thing and it is hard to make them look evident. A good image conveys the emotion that the photographer was feeling at the time it was taken. A strong emotion, whether it’s good or bad, can lift a picture above the ordinary. It would be good to seek a few opinions on the images that you would like to enter. It is often difficult to assess your own work and be objective as there are other factors that interfere – it may have been a particularly hard shot to get, or you may have waited for that three days in a tent – but that does not necessarily make your image exceptional. Thus an opinion from a person who did not accompany you when the picture was taken is invaluable.

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