A huge annual photography competition aims to capture a year in the life of the biggest country on Earth. The Best of Russia contest attracts thousands of entries from amateur and professional photographers across the country.

The judges of this year's contest have selected 294 winners, across five categories: Nature, People and Daily Life, Style, and Architecture, and a special theme for this year: War and Peace Within Us. The only condition for entry is that photos must have been taken in Russia between September 2014 and November 2015. The images help to give an idea of the scale and diversity of a country so vast it spans 11 time zones.

IBTimes UK presents a selection of the winners. To see all 294 winning photos, go to thebestofrussia.ru/en