The northern lights shimmering over a reindeer herder's tent (complete with satellite dish), a hot air balloon soaring over golden onion domes, police arresting someone during an unauthorised rally against the actions of the Russian authorities in Crimea... these are just some of the winning images in the Best of Russia 2014 photography competition.

The contest was open to amateur and professional photographers across the country. The only condition for entry was that photos must have been taken in Russia during 2014. We present a gallery of some of the more than 25,000 images submitted to this year's competition. To see more, visit thebestofrussia.ru/en

Best of Russia 2014
Clear weather and aurora, by Alexander Fedorov, Komi RepublicAlexander Fedorov/Best of Russia
Best of Russia 2014
Snail and strawberries by Vadim Trunov, VoronezhVadim Trunov/Best of Russia
Best of Russia 2014
The road, by Konstantin Tolokonnikov, VoronezhKonstantin Tolokonnikov/Best of Russia
Best of Russia 2014
Paint shop worker, by Alexander Poulain, Omsk OblastAlexander Poulain/Best of Russia
Best of Russia 2014
Over the domes of the Ryazan Kremlin, by Sergey Gazetov, RyazanSergey Gazetov/Best of Russia
Best of Russia 2014
It's good to be king, by Oleg Dudko, MoscowOleg Dudko/Best of Russia
Best of Russia 2014
Worthy opponent, by Anna Bazhanov, OrenburgAnna Bazhanov/Best of Russia
Best of Russia 2014
Scheme by Daria Trofimov, MoscowDaria Trofimov/Best of Russia
Best of Russia 2014
Tolbachik lava fields, by Denis Bud'ko, Kamchatka KraiDenis Bud'ko/Best of Russia
Best of Russia 2014
Library employees store books temporarily during the reconstruction of premises, by Vitaly Ankov, VladivostokVitaly Ankov/Best of Russia
Best of Russia 2014
Police detain participants in an unauthorised rally against the actions of the Russian authorities in Crimea, by Valentin Egorshin, Saint PetersburgValentin Egorshin/Best of Russia
Best of Russia 2014
On the verge of love, by Alexei Panteleyev, MoscowAlexei Panteleyev/Best of Russia
Best of Russia 2014
Take my hand and fall with me, by Denis Tokarev, ​​Vladimir OblastDenis Tokarev/Best of Russia
Best of Russia 2014
Sunset from an ice grotto at Lake Baikal, by Andrei GrachevAndrei Grachev/Best of Russia
Best of Russia 2014
The road to marriage, by Alexander Kondratiuk, ChelyabinskAlexander Kondratiuk/Best of Russia
Best of Russia 2014
Trainee soldiers, by Rustam Muxametzjanov, Kalach-on-DonRustam Muxametzjanov/Best of Russia
Best of Russia 2014
Swim practice by Dmitry Vinogradov, MoscowDmitry Vinogradov/Best of Russia
Best of Russia 2014
Fog in the city, by Alexei Zaripov, MoscowAlexei Zaripov/Best of Russia
Best of Russia 2014
Kestrel and mouse by Anna Golubeva, PerepechinoAnna Golubeva/Best of Russia
Best of Russia 2014
Polar bear cub, by Andrew Black, NovosibirskAndrew Black/Best of Russia
Best of Russia 2014
Soldiers of the First World War, by Boris Tencer, MoscowBoris Tencer/Best of Russia