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