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St. Petersburg Library Seeks Foreigners' Photos

Published: June 27, 2014 (Issue # 1817)



  • This colorful shot by a Russian expat in the Netherlands was added to the Yeltsin Library collection last year.
    Photo: Olga Nikolayenkova / Boris Yeltsin Library

If you have ever fancied having your photos put into a presidential library, then you have four months to send your shots to the Foreigner's View competition.

The contest, organized by the President Boris Yeltsin Library in St. Petersburg, is open to amateurs and professionals and a select few will go into the library's electronic vaults. It is not only aimed at foreigners who live in Russia but at Russians who live abroad.

The library has seven nominations to send photos in with an overall theme of "The strength of diplomacy," a perhaps apt theme in a year when tensions have been high between Russia and much of the world. Some of the categories include "Listening to the language of nature," "Man and the digital age," and "Brazil: Distant and close."

The nine winners will receive a digital photo frame, a diploma at an award ceremony in St. Petersburg and will have their photo turned into a poster. They will also know that the library will have filed away their shots for posterity.

The competition is now in its fifth year. More than 4,000 entries were received last year.

The Yeltsin library was created in 2007 as an electronic repository rather than as a traditional library and is housed in the Synod building in St. Petersburg.

See foreignview.prlib.ru for more details about the competition. Entries are accepted until Oct. 1.





 


ALL ABOUT TOWN

Monday, Sept. 1


Today marks the beginning of Lermontov-Fest, a fall festival celebrating the life of one of Russia’s most remarkable poets who, in a fate eerily similar to Pushkin’s, was killed in a duel at the age of 26. Organized by the Lermontov Library System, the next several months will see art exhibitions, concerts and public lectures focusing on the Lermontov’s short yet prolific career. Check the Lermontov Library System’s website for more details.



Tuesday, Sept. 2


Join expats and practice your Russian during the Russian Club’s weekly meeting tonight at 7:30 p.m. The club is free to participate in although you need to be a registered member of Couchsurfing.



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