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The second month of this seasons photo contest, organized by the KHL and Canon, has come to an end. From October 1, accredited photographers around the league have been submitting their favorite shots in two categories – ‘sport’ and ‘fans’. Each month, the top five in each category will go through to the final stage.


The regular season is past the halfway stage and that means the battle for a playoff place is intensifying. Every day, that brings new excitement to the KHL’s games, generating greater interest among fans and throwing up more and more unexpected results. As the action on the ice hots up, so does the competition for the best photos of the KHL this season. The number of entrants and the quality of images submitted to the jury of this KHL and Canon joint event has skyrocketed, with twice as many entries in November compared with the previous month.

The photo contest is attracting entries from far and wide, taking in almost every city in the league. This season, only accredited KHL photographers can enter.

Every month, the jury selects its top five shots in each of the two categories – ‘sport’ and ‘fans’. The overall winners of the competition will be announced at the end of April.

The jury includes Sergey Kivrin and Andrey Golovanov – both masters of sports photography in Russia; Innokenty Pan – representative of the support program for professional photographers to Canon in Russia; Vladimir Bezzubov – head of the KHL photo Agency; Alexander Yakushev – two-time Olympic Champion and Russian hockey legend; Pavel Datsyuk – Russian hockey star, captain of KHL champion SKA; and top journalists from the country’s best media outlets.

The winner of the photo contest in the Sport category will become the proud owner of a Canon EOS 5D Mark IV camera and will be invited to attend the Closing Ceremony of the KHL season 2017/2018. 

The winner in the Fans category will be awarded a Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS III USM lens.

Vladimir Bezzubov, director of the KHL Photo Agency:

- Our photo contest is gaining momentum. We’re seeing more and more excellent photos from different cities and it’s getting harder and harder to pick out the best. This is exactly the kind of headache we wanted: such a number of high-quality images from KHL games means that more and more people are devoting their skills to filming our sport. It only remains to wish all of them every success. We’re looking forward to seeing more entries to the photo contest and hope that in April we will see some new names among the winners.

Don’t forget, in order to submit your entries, you must register at and upload your work. Each photo should have a title, a short description and technical specifications. Any entrant can submit up to five images a month in each category.

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