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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.





 


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Friday, Oct. 31


Put your grammar and logical thinking to the test in a fun and friendly environment during the British Book Center’s Board Game Evening starting at 5 p.m. today. The event is free and all are welcome to attend.



Saturday, Nov. 1


The men and women who dedicate their lives to fitness get their chance to compete for the title of best body in Russia at today’s Grand Prix Fitness House PRO, the nation’s premier bodybuilding competition. Not only will men and women be competing for thousands of dollars in prizes and a trip to represent their nation at Mr. Olympia but sporting goods and nutritional supplements will also be available for sale. Learn more about the culture of the Indian subcontinent during Diwali, the annual festival of lights that will be celebrated in St. Petersburg this weekend at the Culture Palace on Tambovskaya Ul. For 100 rubles ($2.40), festival-goers listen to Indian music, try on traditional Indian outfits and sample dishes highlighting the culinary diversity of the billion-plus people in the South Asian superpower.



Sunday, Nov. 2


Check out the latest video and interactive games at the Gaming Festival at the Mayakovsky Library ending today. Meet with the developers of the popular and learn more about their work, or learn how to play one of their creations with the opportunity to ask the creators themselves about the exact rules.



Monday, Nov. 3


Non-athletes can get feed their need for competition without breaking a sweat at the Rock-Paper-Scissors tournament this evening at the Cube Bar at Lomonosova 1. Referees will judge the validity of each matchup award points to winners while the city’s elite fight for the chance to be called the best of the best. Those hoping to play must arrange a team beforehand and pay 200 rubles ($4.80) to enter.



Tuesday, Nov. 4


Attend the premiere of Canadian director Xavier Dolan’s latest film “Mommy” at the Avrora theater this evening. The fifth picture from the 25-year-old, it is the story of an unruly teenager but the most alluring (or unappealing) aspect is the way the film was shot: in a 1:1 format that is more reminiscent of Instagram videos than cinematic art. Tickets cost 400 rubles ($9.60) and snacks and drinks will be available.



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