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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, Aug. 22


Get ready to pledge allegiance to the flag during National Flag Day, paying tribute to when, 23 years ago today, the iconic hammer-and-sickle was replaced with the tricolor that now flutters in the wind. Petersburgers will be treated to a free concert on Palace Square, a military parade and a culminating air show featuring Russias Russian Knights stunt pilots.



Saturday, Aug. 23


Uppsala Park plays host to Fairy Noon today, a performance of five separate fairy tales ranging from folk classics to more haunting selections. There will be three different renditions of the tales throughout the day and tickets start at 500 rubles ($13.80) for adults and 300 rubles ($8.30) for children.


Classic Finnish cartoon characters the Moomins expect to receive a warm welcome from Russian fans during todays Moomin Festival at the Pearl Plaza Shopping Center at 51 Petergofskoye Shosse. Become a kid again or introduce a new generation to the beloved creation of Finnish writer Tove Jansson.



Sunday, Aug. 24


The tortured genius of Dutch master Vincent van Gogh gets his day in the centers Konnushnaya Ploschad during Make Art Like Van Gogh, a daylong celebration of the artist that will allow amateur artists to try and replicate the work that made the famed painter world-renowned.


Experience a variety of dances highlighting the diversity of the world around as at the final day of the Ethno-Dance International Dance Festival that has been at the St. Petersburg Humanitarian University of Trade Unions this past week. Tonights performance will feature Egyptian dancers accompanied by local orchestras.



Monday, Aug. 25


Today kicks off the Elena Obraztsovoy International Competition for Young Vocalists in the large hall of the Shostakovich Philharmonic. Talented youngsters will showcase their range over the next six days before a winner is chosen on Aug. 30.



Tuesday, Aug. 26


Love movies but hate all those words? Then check out Rodina Cinema Centers Factor of Consensus film forum this evening. Silent movie classics from the beginning of the 20th century will be screened and accompanied by a pianist, who will provide the soundtrack for the ongoing action. The screenings begin at 7 p.m. Check Rodinas website for more details.



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