Photo competition

«Miners and Mines of Russia» amateur photo competition has been established by MINEX Forum in 2012. The competition offers amateur photographers with the international

platform for presenting a vivid image and diversity of the Russian mines, technologies, environment, and people who are proud to be called “miners and explorers”.

Works for participation in the competition are accepted until 1 September 2018

Competition themes:

“My Mine” – Industrial landscape

“Mining machines and Technologies” – Industrial composition

“Caring for the Environment” – Industrial landscape or composition

“Proud to be a Miner” – Individual or group portrait

Winners will be awarded the Competition Diplomas and valuable gifts. Awards will take place at the gala dinner on 4 October.


Application form

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Winners 2017

Prize-winners of “Miners and Mines of Russia 2017” amateur photography competition

“My Mine” – ROMAN YUDIN, JSC “Basic metals”

“Mining machines and Technologies” –  ELENA NIKITENKO, JSC “Matrosov Mine”

“Caring for the Environment” – DENIS BORODIN, Olenegorsky Ore Mining and Processing Enterprise

“Ore and minerals – ELENA MURASHKINA, Auriant Mining

“Proud to be a Miner” – OXANA MIKHAILOVNA CHERNOVA, Kinross Gold Corporation


Photo competition rules

Verification, selection and winner selection

(a) The Organiser reserves the right to verify the validity of entries and the entrant (including without limitation the entrant’s identity) and to disqualify the entrant if they submit an entry that does not comply with these Competition Rules, if they tamper in any way with the entry process, or if they are unable to demonstrate their eligibility for a prize.

(b) The Organiser reserves the right to void the photograph if it does not comply with the Competition Rules or if the photograph or the entry form is determined In the Organiser’s discretion to be illegible, incomplete, objectionable, damaged, irregular, altered, counterfeit, produced in error, obtained by mistake, fraud or theft or in breach of any law or regulation of Russia or any country.

(c) A judging panel shall be established by the Organiser, with the judges selected in the Promoter’s absolute discretion. The identity of the judges need not be disclosed by the Organiser and the decisions of the judging panel may remain anonymous.

(d) The judging panel may use any criteria in evaluating the photographs including artistic and visual appeal as well as the extent to which the photograph captures the themes of the competition.

Technical requirements

Photos submitted for the competition must meet the following technical requirements:

(a) The photographs must be relevant to the themes of the competition

(b) The entrant may submit a maximum of 3 photographs for each category of the competition and the total number of photographs submitted should not exceed 10.

(c) The photograph must have been taken by the entrant.

(d) The photograph must be a single work of original material and cannot be a composition of numerous images.

(e) The photograph must not be in the public domain.

(f) The photograph must not be altered, however: cropping, spot toning, dodging and burning (and their digital equivalents) in the course of normal fine-tuning is authorised; and contrast adjustment and colour adjustment in the course of normal fine-tuning is authorised. In this clause, what constitutes an alteration in the course of normal fine tuning is determined in the Promoter’s sole discretion.

(g) Subject to the terms and conditions of these Competition Rules, a photograph published on a website or exhibited in a gallery may also be entered unless the photograph or intellectual property rights to it have been sold.

(h) The photograph must not be date stamped

(i)  Uploaded photograph should be saved in jpeg (with a minimum of 3Mb), or *tiff format at 300dpi at an A4 size (30cm x 21cm).


The Competition is held in four stages

Stage 1 – competition entry and verification (from 1 July till 1 September 2018)

Stage 2 – nominee selection nominee selection and announcement (10 September 2018)

Stage 3 – winner presentation and awards (4 October 2018) at the Radisson Slavyanskaya Hotel in Moscow.

Winners will be notified as soon as practicable after the winners are confirmed by the judging panel.

Winners will be notified as soon as practicable after the winners are confirmed by the judging panel.

The winners will receive Diplomas and valuable prizes. Winning photographs will be published on MINEX Russia Forum website and announced via news releases and media.

The photographs of selected nominees will be published on MINEX Russia Forum website and might be also announced via news releases and media.