500 photographers from six countries: Planet Moscow 2018 announces its winners

500 photographers from six countries: Planet Moscow 2018 announces its winners
Elena Nikolayeva, Moscow City – Architecture of the Future landscape
Jury members and social network users chose the winners in the Architecture; Landscape; Moscow and Locals: A People-Friendly City; and The Beat of a Megacity and Popular Choice categories of the contest.

The opening ceremony of the final exhibition of the 6th Planet Moscow 2018 open urban photography contest was recently held in Zaryadye Park. The city exhibited a total of 100 works by the winners and finalists in the contest, and also presented awards to the creators of the best works.

This year, the 6th Planet Moscow 2018 photo contest brought together 500 participants from Russia, China, Italy, Armenia, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan, who submitted about 3,000 photos. The list of the contest’s jury members included the director of the Multimedia Art Museum Olga Sviblova, director of the Museum of Moscow Alina Saprykina, heads of the photo services of leading Russian media outlets, the International Guild of Professional Photographers and the Russian Union of Art Photographers, plus social network users.

“The jury members assessed the works of contestants in four categories which most clearly reflect the changes taking place in the city, namely: Moscow and Locals: A People-Friendly City; The Beat of a Megacity; Architecture; and Landscape,” said Sergei Degtyaryov, Deputy Head at the Department of Urban Development and head of contractual services. “We picked these thematic areas on purpose, in order to see exactly how Moscow has changed in a course of the year since the previous contest.”

Winners in the Popular Choice category were decided by a vote on the contest’s Facebook page. Users voted for Dmitry Trepolsky and his work The Whole of Moscow in One Shot (310 votes), Ashot Grigoryan with Happy Birthday Moscow! (410 votes), Roman Minulin with Contrasts of Moscow (419 votes) and Ruslan Tokhtiyev with Pigeons (480 votes).

Another vote was held for the Active Citizen project. In this case, users selected Alexander Ryumin’s work called Mexican Football Team Fans in Nikolskaya Street (28,020 votes), Oleg Shalomanov’s New Year in Moscow (23,929 votes), Alexander Vedernikov’s Victory Day (20,395 votes), Yana Vechkanova’s Fireworks Marking Peace (17,151 votes) and Varvara Lednyova’s Is This Really Winter? (15,941 votes).

In the Architecture category, the first place diploma was awarded to Mikhail Ivashko for his work, Through Time; the untitled work of Alexander Sukharev came second, while the third place diploma went to Ruslan Tokhtiyev for his photograph, Pigeons.

In the Landscape category, the winner was Elena Nikolayeva’s work Moscow City – Architecture of the Future. Tatyana Belyakova was the runner-up with her Milky Way, while Anastasia Mazureva and her Bird’s Eye View of Moscow came third.

Alexander Bairachny’s photograph, called The Last Snow, won the Moscow and Locals: A People-Friendly City category. The second place diploma was given to Mikhail Dzhaparidze for his Snowfall on Vorobyovy Gory, while Viktor Konovalov’s Forward March came third.

In The Beat of a Megacity category, the winner was Andrei Makhonin with Graffiti on a Wall. Ashot Grigoryan’s Over the Waves of the Megacity was awarded with a second place diploma, while Valery Nasedkin’s Worker and Kolkhoz Woman won the third place diploma.

“After the exhibition in Zaryadye is over, the photographs by the finalists will be exhibited in the halls of the House on Brestskaya Street,” Degtyaryov added. “And this autumn, the Moscow City Government’s building on Tverskaya Street will be hosting an exhibition of the winning entries.”